Three Portland Police Officers Posted "I Am Darren Wilson" Status Updates

Chief Mike Reese orders "inflammatory" images removed.


Three Portland Police Bureau officers are facing internal review—and berated by Mayor Charlie Hales' office—after posting Facebook status updates showing their PPB badges emblazoned with the slogan, "I am Darren Wilson."Officers Rich Storm, Rob Blanck and Kris Barber all changed their Facebook profile pictures over the weekend to an image of an official Portland Police badge wrapped diagonally ...   More
Monday, November 24, 2014 MILLER RESOR

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese Will Retire in January

UPDATE: Mayor Charlie Hales names Larry O'Dea as next police chief, says he'll focus on diversity.


Portland Police Chief Mike Reese is retiring in January, WW has learned, and Mayor Charlie Hales has selected Assistant Chief Larry O'Dea to as the next chief of the Portland Police Bureau. Hales' office confirmed Reese's retirement to WW this morning. The mayor will announce O'Dea's appointment as chief at a noon press conference in the Justice Center. "I thank Mike Reese for his leadership ...   More
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 AARON MESH

Lents Leader: Police Homelessness Plan Ignores East Portland

Jesse Cornett blasts Chief Mike Reese for displacing homeless camps east of 82nd Avenue


Portland Police Chief Mike Reese roused the sleeping debate over homelessness for another year Tuesday by announcing a new initiative, "Prosper Portland," to clear downtown sidewalks. He also awakened the ire of East Portland residents, who say police are just shoving homeless camps to the edges of the city. Lents Neighborhood Association chairman Jesse Cornett sent Reese a blistering letter Tuesday, ...   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Police Union Files Grievance, Says Chief Mike Reese Took Labor Patrol Shifts

Reese picked up shifts to cut overtime; union says he took away work


When Portland Police Chief Mike Reese hopped behind the wheel of a Crown Victoria to take over a few patrol shifts in May, it was a double win.One was his stated reason: Reese was pounding the pavement like a regular beat cop to cut down on overtime costs while officers got enhanced crisis intervention training.The second: Some good PR. The Oregonian, KOIN and other media outlets picked up the story ...   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by 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

Hales Says He Wants Reese to Stay on as Police Chief


Mayor-elect Charlie Hales says is committed to keeping Mike Reese on as Portland's police chief.Hales, who will serve as police commissioner, says he hasn't set a time table for when they'll decide if the relationship is working out. "I haven't set a schedule other than obviously, I'll be watching his performance, just like every other key manager at the city—daily and weekly," he says.During the ...   More
Thursday, December 6, 2012 by Andrea Damewood

Portland Police, U.S. Department of Justice, Release Agreement on Mental Health Reforms


The U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Portland released a settlement agreement Friday on changes the city must make in order to stay out of court, in the wake of the DOJ’s findings that police have a pattern of using excessive force against the mentally ill.The agreement ramps up both internal and external supervision of the department, expands police crisis training and response and further ...   More
Friday, October 26, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Failure To Comply

The feds have used independent monitors to reform police agencies elsewhere. But Portland leaders don’t want one here.

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The U.S. Department of Justice last week released a damning report about the Portland Police Bureau’s use of force. The details may...   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Portland Police Clear City Hall Sidewalk of Protesters


City Hall protester Cameron Whitten declared victory and ended his 55-day hunger strike last week. Today, the city kicked his fellow protesters out.About a dozen Portland Police officers performed a sweep of the sidewalk in front of City Hall late this morning to force protesters to move across Southwest 4th Street and take their belongings. The sweep lasted about 30 minutes and resulted in one arrest ...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 SAM STITES


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