City of Salem – 06/29/20 3:17 PM
Salem, Ore. — City Manager Steve Powers has released Police Chief Jerry Moore’s report regarding the actions taken by the Salem Police Department to maintain public safety during recent demonstrations.
The 10- page report provides details on events from May 30, 2020, to June 1, 2020, and why decisions were made by Salem police officers. The published report is an essential, transparent step in the City’s commitment to understanding and improving police services.
“Salem police officers are trained to evaluate each unique situation and respond with the least force necessary to maintain our community’s safety,” said Salem City Manager Steve Powers in a recent letter introducing the report to City Council and Mayor Bennett. “If errors or lapses in judgment are made, we have a rigorous internal affairs process and Community Police Review Board standing ready to investigate these concerns and act as justified by the evidence.”
The after-action report contextualizes events and decisions made by Salem police during demonstrations that were unlike any other in Salem’s recent past. For the first time, a curfew was enacted to protect the community. For the first time, peaceful assemblies were paired with individuals who sought to harm police officers and damage public and private property.
Salem Residents may review the full report here