Adams' Admission Reaction: Read The Email That Police Union Boss Sent The Mayor

Portland Police Association President Scott Westerman emailed Mayor Sam Adams last night to both apologize to the mayor while strengthening the call from his union of 900-plus members for the mayor to resign. In his message to Adams, Westerman cited sections of the city code he thinks Adams has violated. In public comments, Westerman has also talked about the appearance of a double standard ...   More
Friday, January 23, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Chaos in Copland: The Precinct Move, Day 1

After a confusion-filled Day 1 of the Portland Police Bureau's precinct consolidation on Tuesday, here's hoping Day 2 goes more smoothly. Cops at Central Precinct, East Precinct and North Precinct (formerly Northeast) describe a sometimes-disorderly move that initially left some officers with no patrol cars, nowhere to put their rifles and nowhere to park their own vehicles. "The first day ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Police Union Prez: Adams' Lies Still Unacceptable

Sgt. Scott Westerman, head of the Portland police union, says Adams' lies are unacceptable despite the announcement today by Attorney General John Kroger that he will not prosecute the mayor. "We don't accept a police officer lying in the course of their duties," Westerman says. "I'm not understanding why we should accept it from our politicians." The police union called for Adams to resign ...   More
Monday, June 22, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

WW's Kruger Coverage Makes the Police Union Newsletter

Our story last month about Portland Police Capt. Mark Kruger's history of wearing Nazi memorabilia received a mention in today's edition of the police-union newsletter. Sgt. Scott Westerman, the union president, cites an email Sizer wrote supporting Kruger the day after the story came out. Westerman slams Sizer for failing to support the cops who arrested James Chasse Jr. in the same way — ...   More
Friday, November 6, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Police Union Plans No-Confidence Vote on Saltzman and Sizer

The Portland Police Association today announced plans to hold a no-confidence vote next week on Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Chief Rosie Sizer after the two leaders yesterday disciplined Officer Chris Humphreys. The union board representing rank-and-file officers today unanimously agreed to put the no-confidence vote to its 900 members, according to a news release (PDF). "Leadership ...   More
Friday, November 20, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Police Union Boss Pushes Back on Two Theories about the No-Confidence Vote

Amid all the political speculation on the Portland Police Associations's current no-confidence vote against Chief Rosie Sizer and Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman, two recurring theories have endured. Both were swatted down today by union president Sgt. Scott Westerman in an interview with WW. The first theory making the rounds has it that the union's no-confidence vote against Sizer and ...   More
Friday, November 27, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Police Sending Honor Guard to Lakewood Officers' Memorial

Portland police officers were disappointed when Police Chief Rosie Sizer paid to send just two of them to a memorial service for four Oakland officers slain earlier this year. But tomorrow, Portland will be better represented in the memorial service for four Lakewood police gunned down in a Washington coffee shop Nov. 29. The Portland Police Bureau is sending an honor guard of 20 officers ...   More
Monday, December 7, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Police Union Polls Portlanders

The Portland police union's push for better PR continues this month with a poll on public perception. Sgt. Scott Westerman (see photo), head of the Portland Police Association, says the union paid for a poll of hundreds of Portland residents this month to learn their opinion on public safety. "The PPA has hired a company to do polling of City of Portland residents to better communicate with ...   More
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Two Very Different Views on a Police Shooting: Saltzman and Westerman

City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees Portland's police bureau, tells WW he hasn't reached a conclusion yet on whether the fatal Jan. 29 police shooting of an unarmed man was justified. Officer Ronald Frashour shot 25-year-old Aaron Campbell with an AR-15 assault rifle outside the Sandy Terrace Apartments in Northeast Portland. Campbell, who was despondent after his younger brother's ...   More
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Two Sentences: Chief Rosie Sizer Responds to Road Rage Cases

After requests from WW and other media for interviews about recently reported road-rage incidents involving Portland police, Chief Rosie Sizer this evening responded with a brief written statement. "Our officers are held accountable for their actions both on and off duty," says the statement, which was sent by email. "People are drawing conclusions about 1,000 officers based on recent reports ...   More
Monday, April 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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