Portland Human Rights Commission Chair Chabre Vickers sharply criticized the Police and Community Relations Committee (PCRC) at that group's meeting last night. She suggested a three-month hiatus to redevelop the group so that its meetings achieve more tangible results. The PCRC is a sub-group of the Human Rights Commission and is tasked with guiding the police department in following the guidelines of the US Department of Justice settlement, which had found that the PPB used excessive force against people with mental illness and engaged in racial profiling. The committee includes members of the public and the police department as well as city officials.
Guest host Doug McVay speaks with Haven Wheelock, syringe exchange program coordinator with Outside In, about harm reduction, overdose prevention, and local efforts to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis transmission among injection drug users. 62:02 minutes (85.19 MB)
This week: We talk with Jamie Bridge of the International Drug Policy Consortium about the Support Don't Punish Campaign, the June 26th Global Day of Action for Drug Policy Reform, and the new psychoactive substances bill being debated in the UK Parliament. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)