Civil rights leaders thrilled by Oregon Supreme Court ruling curbing controversial police tactic

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The Portland Mercury:

Last week, the Oregon Supreme Court altered policing throughout the state when it agreed with the man that one of the charges against him was unlawful.
In a decision being lauded by civil rights advocates and defense attorneys, the state’s high court reined in how police officers can arrest people for interfering with a peace officer (also known as IPO), a Class A misdemeanor for people who don’t “obey a lawful order.”
The charge has long been used to ramp up legal consequences for individuals who otherwise commit minor crimes. In addition, IPO is used as a convenient tool for booking people into jail, since local authorities require a misdemeanor charge to hold someone at the Multnomah County Detention Center.


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