Police say handcuffed girl shows policy gap

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland police officer has told a citizen oversight panel that a case in which officers handcuffed a 9-year-old girl shows an area where the police department has "a gap in policy."

Capt. Dave Famous said Wednesday night that the department has set up a work group to examine its juvenile custody directives. He told the panel he'll update it next month on the work group's progress.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/ymJAIM ) that two juvenile advocates found nothing in state law or current police department directives that prohibit what officers did to Latoya Harris' daughter a year ago. The advocates have drafted a proposed city ordinance that would make sure it does not happen again.

Two officers investigating a fight at a youth club came to the girl's home, handcuffed her as she stood in a bathing suit and led her away to be processed on an assault charge.


Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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