Oregon lawmakers finish special session on police, virus

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature wrapped up a special session Friday after passing a slew of bills, most dealing with police accountability and the coronavirus pandemic. Senate President Peter Courtney said 24 bills passed, more than 600 pieces of public testimony were submitted, and over 100 people gave virtual committee testimony, in only three days. Police reform bills include measures that limit the use of chokeholds, require officers to intervene if their colleague is being unjust or unethical and creating a statewide police discipline database. Another bill that passed prohibits law enforcement agencies from using tear gas for crowd control, except for circumstances that meet the definition of a riot.