Hip-Hop Stopped

The tension between Portland rap artists and police goes deeper than the Blue Monk.


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If you had walked past the Blue Monk around 11 pm on Saturday, March 1, it’d be reasonable to assume a crime had taken place. Six police cars were parked in the middle of Southeast Belmont Stree   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Scoop: Let’s Swarm Mike Reese’s Band’s Next Show.


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CROWD CONTROL: Portland rapper Illmaculate stormed out of his own headlining show March 1 at the Blue Monk in Southeast Portland in protest over police presence at the gig. Officers, including membe   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Portland Cops' Treatment of Hip-Hop Shows Will Be Investigated in Wake of Blue Monk Incident

City Auditor's Office will conduct independent review.

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Following last Saturday's hip-hop show at the Blue Monk—which caused headliner Illmaculate to cancel his performance in protest over excessive police presence—the City Auditor's Independent Police Review Division has announced it is launching an investigation into the Portland Police Bureau's policies toward rap-related music events and venues. On March 1, officers, including members of the ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Recording Everything

New scanners in downtown clubs raise privacy questions—and may be illegal.


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Multnomah County and Portland police this week suspended a new program that supplied data-gathering ID scanners to Old Town bars after WW raised questions about whether it was legal. The state   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Gender Rap

Women in the Portland Police Bureau use excessive force far less than men.


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The Portland Police Bureau has a problem with excessive use of force, but the women who serve as officers aren’t to blame. Across the board, female officers account for a far smaller share of th   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 THACHER SCHMID

Portland Cop Jason Lobaugh Discipline Case Under Review

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A civilian oversight board will review an Internal Affairs investigation of Officer Jason Lobaugh, who is facing allegations that he threatened his ex-wife and her new husband.Lobaugh's ex-wife, Laurie Grant, filed the complaint last November, alleging that Lobaugh came to her home in Clackamas County repeatedly and tried to take their son outside of the time he was allowed in a court-ordered parenting ...   More
 
Thursday, November 7, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

One Cop’s Exes and Uh-Ohs

An officer already under investigation faces domestic-violence allegations.


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A Portland cop under an internal affairs investigation for allegedly tampering with jurors also faces two formal misconduct complaints—filed by two ex-wives. On Nov. 6, the city’s Citizen    More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Charlie Hales Hires Nine-Year Portland Police Veteran to Be His Cops Policy Advisor

Deanna Wesson-Mitchell will replace Baruti Artharee

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Mayor Charlie Hales announced that nine-year Portland Police veteran Deanna Wesson-Mitchell will serve as his new policy adviser for the bureau.Wesson-Mitchell, 38, is a sworn officer, a departure from Hales' prior policy director, Baruti Artharee. He resigned Oct. 17, citing a difficult divorce and personal matters. Artharee was also suspended for one week after he made inappropriate comments earlier ...   More
 
Monday, October 28, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Suit: Portland Cop Fractured Woman's Leg

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An Albany woman stopped for DUII by Portland Police says that an officer deliberately slammed her car door on her leg, fracturing her tibia.Shonda Marie Amundsen, 39, filed a lawsuit Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, alleging that on the night of Feb. 18, she was stopped by officers Chase Bryson and Timothy Hoerauf near Northeast 78th Avenue and Wygant Street.Hoerauf "deliberately slammed the ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Well-Known Mural Artist Forced to Paint Over Portland Piece

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Oakland muralist Cannon Dill—an artist who has painted pen-and-ink style graffiti on walls in Chicago, Kansas City and New Orleans—was told to paint over his work by Portland police Monday, Aug. 12. Tiffany Conklin, co-director of Portland Street Art Alliance and the blogger at PDX Street Art who broke the story, says Cannon is not the first out-of-town graffiti artist to have a run-in ...   More
 
Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Sara Sneath

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