Street Talk

Community policing has come to Hawthorne Boulevard—and it seems to be working.

News Stories
After 32 years, Robert Proctor and his wife, Jocelyn, had gotten used to the “travelers”—the influx of homeless people who gathered each summer near their home next to the CD Gamexchange o   More
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 SAMI EDGE

Gun Owner Sues Portland Police Alleging Illegal Entry

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A Portland man filed suit Friday against the Portland Police Bureau after officers entered his home without a warrant. Clint Guttman, a doctoral student in Dental Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, called police November 29 after he got into a fight with a tenant who rented a room in his house in Southeast Portland, according to the complaint filed in Multnomah Circuit Court. Guttman, ...   More
Friday, May 9, 2014 by Kate Willson

Portland Officer Quits, Chief Sustains Misconduct Allegations

A internal investigation continues into allegations of misconduct


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 ...   More
Monday, May 5, 2014 by Kate Willson

Hip-Hop Stopped

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

Music Stories
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.

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.


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.

News Stories
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.

News Stories
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


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


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