Tomorrow is the day the Portland Police Association
tallies the votes in a runoff election to pick its next president.
But one of the final two candidates to head the powerful union, Sgt. Doug Justus
, is already predicting his opponent, Officer Daryl Turner
, will be victorious.
"I think probably Daryl will win because the guys want an officer," Justus says. "They kind of like the fact that Daryl is a street cop, working the streets."
The past two union presidents, Robert King and Scott Westerman
, both were sergeants. But several cops say there's another reason many of the union's 900 members voted for Turner — he'd be the union's first black president.
Distrust between many African-Americans in Portland and the cops is running high after this year's fatal police shootings of Aaron Campbell
and Keaton Otis
. Besides the fact Turner is a respected 19-year veteran, cops hope having a new face will help ease tensions with the community.
The results of the runoff are expected Wednesday afternoon.