May 5th, 2014 | Kate Willson News | Posted In: Metro, PDX News, Cops and Courts

Portland Officer Quits, Chief Sustains Misconduct Allegations

A internal investigation continues into allegations of misconduct

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A Portland police officer who faced allegations last year he tampered with jurors, as well as past allegations of using illegal steroids and threatening his ex-wife, has quit the the Portland Police Bureau.

The officer, Jason Lobaugh, resigned April 24, according to the bureau's spokesman, Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson. but the investigation into Lobaugh continues.

Lobaugh allegedly threatened to beat up his ex-wife and her new husband last summer, leading to an internal investigation, WW reported last year. The bureau's investigators determined that not enough evidence existed for a finding of misconduct in that matter, but the Citizen Review Committee voted unanimously to challenge that recommendation.

In an April 29 letter to the committee, Police Chief Michael Reese wrote that "while I find that the initial recommended finding of the commander and the Police Review Board of Unproven... was not unreasonable, upon further review and reflection, I have decided to change the finding in this matter to sustained."

Over the years, the city has received at least 16 tort claims that name Lobaugh. In 2007, witnesses said they saw Lobaugh taser a young black man and kick him after he was on the ground. In 2000, he was investigated for allegedly use of an illegal narcotic associated with the use of steroids then tipping off the drug dealer during an undercover sting. In 2013 he was caught talking himself up jurors in a case in which he would testify

“Certainly the aggregate here is concerning," Simpson tells WW. "But there’s a lot more behind the public investigation that the investigators are working with.”  

 
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