November 30th, 2009 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall, Cops and Courts

Sizer and Saltzman Cave; Police Union Suspends No-Confidence Vote


The Portland police union has declined to release the results of last week's no-confidence vote on Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Chief Rosie Sizer today as planned.

In a news release (PDF), the Portland Police Association says the decision came after Saltzman and Sizer agreed today to give back Officer Chris Humphreys' badge.

"The (union's) rally on November 24 was designed to focus on the need for due process for Officer Humphreys; to have the incident thoroughly investigated before any decision was made," the news release says. "Today's actions grant those basic due process rights."

Sgt. Scott Westerman (photo above), head of the police union, tells WW by email he will have no further comment beyond the release.

Salzman and Sizer issued their own news release (PDF) earlier this afternoon confirming that Humphreys — who was involved in a controversial beanbag shooting Nov. 14 — has been placed "in an off-street administrative assignment."

Such an assignment was Sizer's original decision on what to do with Humphreys pending the investigation. Saltzman overruled her then and decided to to pull Humphreys' badge, placing him on administrative leave Nov. 19.

Saltzman's office says he will have no further comment today on why he changed his mind.
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