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Portland PD Face Internal Investigation for Violating State Law, Making Mugshots Public

Officers with the Portland police department are facing an internal affairs investigation for putting a slideshow together on people committing retail theft featuring mugshots of Black suspects, an act that may violate state law, Alex Zielinski reports for OPB. The state law prohibits law enforcement from making mugshots public, except under certain circumstances critical to help law enforcement apprehend a dangerous suspect or prompt potential victims of a criminal suspect to come forward. Mugshots can also be posted publicly if the subject has been convicted of the crime they were charged with when the photo was taken. Lawyers familiar with the state law say the presentation appears to have violated the statute, which doesn’t include an explicit penalty for officers who violate this law.

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