The latest issue of Street Roots
debuts a new monthly column by Officer Robert Pickett
, a beat cop from the Portland Police
Bureau's Central Precinct.
I confess I was doubtful when Street Roots
director Israel Bayer
told me a few weeks back about the new column in the paper. But Pickett does an admirable job of putting a human face on his job—and of highlighting the troubled intersection among poverty, mental illness and criminal justice.
If you haven't yet done so, check out our Sept. 15 cover story
for more on that topic. Meanwhile here's the first installment of Pickett's new column