March 10th, 2010 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts

A Few Juicy Bits About the Jason Krohn Police Complaint


Local cop-watchers have had today's date marked on their calendars for some time.

Tonight the Independent Police Review Division's Citizen Review Committee will hear the appeal of a complaint by Jason Krohn, the son of retired Portland cop Kelly Krohn.

The Oregonian published a lengthy article in December about Jason Krohn's drunken tussle with police outside a downtown bar in August 2006 and the IPR complaint he filed more than a year later, in September 2007.

But there's more to the story.

The article — which The O followed up with an editorial and a column by Steve Duin — paints a sympathetic portrait of a father and son trying to seek justice, but stymied and frustrated by faults in the city's review process.

In January's edition of the police union newsletter The Rap Sheet (PDF), retired Portland cop Jeff Barker (now a Democratic state representative from Aloha) has a different take.

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Barker then gives a run-down of some unflattering facts in the case.

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The O explained Jason Krohn's delay in filing his complaint by saying he was waiting for his dad to retire from the police bureau. But Barker has a different interpretation of the delay.

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Several cops confirm to WW that Jason Krohn applied for a job with the police bureau after his tussle with the cops. Unsurprisingly, he was turned down.

Furthermore, a report from Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Steinberg sheds light on how father Kelly Krohn reacted when another family member allegedly had a violent run-in with the law that same year, in 2006.

Steinberg's report (PDF) states that after he arrested Kelly Krohn's nephew, Ryan Kennedy, for DUII and resisting arrest, Kelly Krohn showed up at jail to have a talk with Steinberg.

According to Steinberg's report:
I contacted a subject who identified himself as Portland Police Officer Kelly Kroen (sp). He said that he was Kennedy's uncle and wanted to know what had happened. ...

Kroen said that it sounded like I was not doing what I could to help Kennedy. I explained that Kennedy had not been cooperative, was drunk and that force was required to take him into custody. ...

Kroen told me that he has been a police officer for 24 years and that it was apparent that I was new to this profession. I told Kroen that if a relative of mine had been arrested for DUII and fighting with the police, I would be embarrassed and would apologize ...

With a tone of arrogance, Kroen said that he had nothing to apologize for and had no reason to (be) embarrassed. Kroen said that I should not be lecturing him and he wanted to talk to my sergeant. I then spoke to sergeants Babst and Harris at the Sheriff's Office and told them of the situation.

That's the end of Steinberg's report. Kennedy was never charged with resisting arrest. He pleaded guilty to DUII in May 2006 and was sentenced to complete a diversion program.
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