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Sun Apr 18, 2021, 01:42 PM

Secretary of State Opens Investigation Into Portland Police Commander who Suggested Residents Should

Secretary of State Opens Investigation Into Portland Police Commander who Suggested Residents Should Vote Out the District Attorney

The Elections Division of the Oregon Secretary of State's Office has opened an investigation into comments made by East Precinct Commander Erica Hurley of the Portland Police Bureau, who suggested at a neighborhood meeting in January that residents should vote out Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt if they want to reduce crime.

The investigation follows a March 17 WW story about Hurley's comments. SOS spokesman Aaron Fiedler said the Elections Division initiated the investigation the day WW's story published, after a lawyer filed a complaint alleging Hurley's comments violated ORS 260.432, a state law relating to solicitation by public employees.

Hurley made comments about Schmidt and other city and state policies during the Jan. 14 meeting of the Lents Neighborhood Livability Association. She attended in full uniform, including badge and gun, during work hours and on behalf of the Police Bureau.

"So the drug activity that you see, I can do nothing about," Hurley said during the meeting. "I can't arrest them. I can't send them to jail. I can't do anything. I can't control that. Who controls that is you, because, when the DA's office asks what you want done, you need to send emails to the district attorney and phone calls to the district attorney. When the vote comes up again—because, the reality is, he won the vote with over 70% of the people—you have to vote no, right? And you have to vote."

Read more: https://www.wweek.com/news/2021/03/23/secretary-of-state-opens-investigation-into-portland-police-commander-who-suggested-residents-should-vote-out-the-district-attorney/
(Williamette Week)

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