Hot Takes: Top 5 Reader Comments of the Week, October 15-21

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We herewith collate—with minimal commentary—the most cogent, interesting, strange, thoughtful or witty comments to have washed up on our virtual shores this week. Congratulations, commenters: You have won nothing but our esteem. 5. Democratic Oregon Senator Betsy Johnson is a common swing vote, which some Democrats don't like so much. At least one reader does like it.John Retzlaff writes:"Johnson ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

85,000 People Went to Brewfest. Only One Got A DUII.

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The Oregon Brewers Festival attracted a record 85,000 people over its five-day run at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park last weekend.And as festival organizers trumpeted the record attendance and opening on a Wednesday for the first-time ever, Portland police report that very few people were cited for alcohol-related shenanigans.Police arrested just one person for driving under the influence of intoxicants, ...   More
 
Friday, August 2, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland Police Clean House in East Precinct

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Portland Police Chief Mike Reese announced major changes to his command staff lineup today, including a total change of leadership in East Precinct, the city's busiest.Two retirements—by East Precinct Commander Mike Lee and Tactical Operations Division Captain Ron Alexander—set off a chain of shifts that include moving embattled Capt. Mark Kruger out of his post in East Precinct.Kruger, who was ...   More
 
Friday, June 21, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Police Union Says Adams Has Vendetta Against Frashour

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Mayor Sam Adams' determination to to keep fired Portland Police Officer Ronald Frashour off the force is "to justify his tenure as police commissioner," Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner said Tuesday morning in a press conference."[Adams] has turned this into his personal vendetta," Turner said. He said the mayor is conducting a "politically motivated witch hunt" and "using taxpayer ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Photo of Portland Cop and Alberta Street Kids Going Viral

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A local photographer's picture of local cops and Portland kids is going viral on a day when the Portland Police are in the news for a completely different reason.This photo—depicting Portland Police Officer Doug Matthews allowing four teenagers to sit and chat on the hood of his cop car at Last Thursdays on Alberta—has received more than 2,000 likes, 600 shares and approximately 164 comments in ...   More
 
Thursday, July 12, 2012 SAM STITES

Two Students Arrested In Drug Bust At Reed

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Portland police arrested 20-year-old Reed College students, Roland Bracewell Shoemaker and Manuel Abreu, on Monday, seizing what an announcement described as "an estimated 2-3 pounds of marijuana, a small amount of MDMA and LSD, as well as packaging material and scales."Shoemaker, pictured left, face the most serious allegations, arrested for what police call "Delivery of Marijuana within 1000’ of ...   More
 
Thursday, February 16, 2012 COREY PEIN

JUICY SUITS: Portland Cop Tasered A Disabled Man on TriMet

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The City of  Portland, TriMet and Multnomah County face a federal civil-rights lawsuit that claims a Portland cop Tasered a developmentally disabled man on a public bus. Police reports obtained by WW in a public-records request fill in the cops' side of the story.According to the suit filed July 21 in U.S. District Court in Portland, Calbruce Jamal Green was on his way home from Gresham to his ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Feds Seek Citizen Input for Civil Rights Investigation of the Portland Police

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The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking input from citizens in its investigation of possible civil-rights abuses by the Portland Police Bureau.A news release today from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Portland asks citizens to call 471-5577 or email usaor.civilrights@usdoj.gov and schedule a meeting with the feds. The meetings will be held the first week in August at three unspecified locations throughout ...   More
 
Friday, July 22, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

"Tragic Intersection": Police Chief Mike Reese at City Club

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Nearly one year after he became Portland's top cop, Police Chief Mike Reese today defended his officers, owed up to some of their mistakes and blasted the mental-health system in a speech to the City Club of Portland.Reese praised his officers' heroism in a non-lethal shooting encounter with a machete-wielding man earlier this year and discussed errors made in the January 2010 shooting of 25-year-old ...   More
 
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City Hall: Steroids Will Be Included in Random Police Drug Tests

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After struggling to find an affordable lab to test Portland cops for steroids, the muscle-building substances will now be included when the city begins random drug tests on officers in July, according to City Hall's human-resources director.Yvonne Deckard, head of the city's Bureau of Human Resources, tells WW the city has located a lab in Northern California that will process steroid tests for about ...   More
 
Friday, April 8, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

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