Editor's Note: On February 6, we asked BlueOregon readers to suggest progressive ideas that the next Oregon Legislature should enact. Over the next several weeks, we'll post some of these ideas here - and ask you to discuss them. Good idea? Bad idea? Any suggestions?
Within the State of Oregon, no regular police officer would be allowed to carry a weapon with the potential to take a life. All law enforcement would be non-lethal. (I think we have the technology to allow this.) Due process should not be denied to any Oregon citizen just because some punk cop has a hair-trigger.
Also, cops should not be allowed to engage in traffic enforcement unless it's in a direct response to a citizen complaint. That is, no more taxing of low-income Oregonians by setting speed traps, pulling people over for "driving while black," etc. Only if a citizen calls in and says "people are regularly doubling the speed limit past my house, and I'm concerned for my children and pets" would an officer be dispatched to do targeted traffic enforcement.
Finally, cops would be required to use bicycles and foot patrols in urban areas for more than 50% of the force on patrol, with the rest of the force having vehicles available on radio dispatch.
I think that police harassment of low incomes and minorities in Oregon, needs to stop NOW.
[If you have your own original progressive idea to propose, do it here: "There oughta be a law."]