Police brutality, coronavirus on agenda for Oregon lawmakers

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers, most wearing masks and trying to maintain social distance, began a special session to crack down on police brutality and throw a lifeline to those suffering financially from the coronavirus. Senate President Peter Courtney said racial discrimination, police brutality and a monster disease must be dealt with. Draft measures would mandate rent protections during the coronavirus emergency and prohibit law enforcement officers from limiting the ability of a person to breathe. The session convened for an undetermined number of days less than four months after the regular 2020 session ended acrimoniously and early.