After requests from WW
and other media for interviews about recently reported road-rage incidents involving Portland police, Chief Rosie Sizer
this evening responded with a brief written statement.
"Our officers are held accountable for their actions both on and off duty," says the statement, which was sent by email. "People are drawing conclusions about 1,000 officers based on recent reports of incidents that do not accurately reflect the way our bureau members conduct themselves in our community."
Sgt. Kyle Nice pulled a gun
on a driver in Washington County on April 3. He is on paid leave pending an internal investigation. Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman
this morning announced he and Sizer were placing Nice on desk duty
when he returns.
And on Saturday, The Oregonian reported
that Sgt. Scott Westerman
, head of the police union, yelled at a woman in her car on two separate days in January. Westerman apologized and is now under internal investigation.