Town Hall – 2021

The Town Hall on Body-Worn Cameras, presented December 2, 2021 by the Mental Health Alliance, collected community comments about potential policies for use in Portland. Those comments will be presented in Federal court during the January 2021 Fairness Hearing in US DOJ v City of Portland.

Body-worn cameras are a significant part of the remedy proposed by the US DOJ responding to the violations of the settlement agreement in US DOJ v City of Portland in 2020 by the Portland Police Bureau.

This town hall is presented by the Mental Health Alliance, and promoted Disability Rights Oregon, ACLU-Oregon, Oregon Justice Resource Center, Council on American Islamic Relations, Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance, Mental Health Association of Portland, the Urban League, and other Portland community organizations.


Kelly Simon – ACLU of Oregon
Jared Hager – US Department of Justice
Juan Chavez – Oregon Justice Resource Center
Daniel Lawrence, Phd – CNA
Chris Gorsek – Oregon Senate


Researchers: Police body cams produce ‘civilizing effect’ –

Town hall focuses on Portland police body cameras –


Current body-worn camera policy (2015)

DOJ Requests Body Cams, New Penalties for Portland Police – Portland Mercury 7 15 2021

Letter from US DOJ to City of Portland listing policy principles for body-worn cameras – 11 15 2021

As Portland Inches Closer to Body-Worn Cameras, Commissioner Hardesty Says She’s a “Convert” – Willamette Week 11 09 2021

Opinion: Portland needs policies for body-worn cameras before purchasing – 11 14 2021

Justice Department lawyers send Portland city attorney, police chief recommended police body-worn camera policy – Oregonian 11 16 2021

U.S. Department of Justice makes body camera policy requests to Portland officials – OPB 11 16 2021