November 6th, 2009 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts

WW's Kruger Coverage Makes the Police Union Newsletter


Our story last month about Portland Police Capt. Mark Kruger's history of wearing Nazi memorabilia received a mention in today's edition of the police-union newsletter.

Sgt. Scott Westerman, the union president, cites an email Sizer wrote supporting Kruger the day after the story came out. Westerman slams Sizer for failing to support the cops who arrested James Chasse Jr. in the same way — part of his larger piece on why police morale is suffering.

Here's what Westerman had to say in today's issue of the Rap Sheet (PDF):

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Kruger told WW he owns Nazi-era German uniforms, built a memorial to dead World War II German soldiers, and was married near the site of Hitler's Berghof but has no Nazi beliefs. We asked Westerman why he called the story unfair.

"The membership believes that you went after him with a vengeance," Westerman said. "Why, when the media is portraying something in a specific light, is the chief not coming out for the rest of us? That is the point."

(Photo courtesy of KATU)
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