Portland City Council overturns exoneration of police officer who hit bicyclist with stun gun six times | OregonLive.com – The Tasing on a Northwest Portland street came after a 2012 federal investigation found a pattern of Portland police using excessive force against people who had or were perceived to have mental illness. Investigators also found that police improperly deployed stun guns against suspects.
Several witnesses to the 2014 incident told investigators it was clear to them that Klug was undergoing a mental health crisis. Reports from advocacy groups say that Klug had experienced a traumatic brain injury.
The council’s decision came after a years’ long process in which a citizen review panel and the bureau tried and failed to come to an agreement on the findings.
In the end, the Citizen Review Committee unanimously determined that the officer’s use of force was inappropriate.
The appeal of the Police Bureau decision was the first brought before the council in more than a decade, city commissioners and attorneys said.