Daryl Turner, the president of the Portland police union, is encouraging his officers not to attend meetings of the Citizen Review Committee, the panel that hears appeals of Police Bureau findings on complaints of alleged officer misconduct.
His email to union members came in the wake of a particularly contentious meeting on March 30, when a man threw a cup of water in the face of a committee member who had voted in support of exonerating an officer of alleged wrongdoing, which can be seen in the video above.
That case dealt with a complaint that Officer Scott Groshong grabbed Robert Lee West’s video camera as he was filming the officer. West frequently films police and was arrested last week, accused of crossing police lines to film police activity in Southeast Portland.
The water-throwing protester was escorted out of the meeting. It also followed audience taunts of a police captain who defended the officer’s actions.