Mayor Charlie Hales is Probably Not Going Undercover as a Homeless Man

"That was a topic discussed. And nothing more."


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales met for nearly three hours Tuesday with protesters against police violence. His office then released a written list of the "action items" Hales could start tackling as he continues to meet monthly with protesters for the next six months.One of those action items stood out like a sore thumb: "Go undercover as a homeless person, 'Undercover Boss' style."Could this actually ...   More
Friday, December 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Corey Pein on Ferguson: Where Are the Libertarians? Where's the NRA?


Over the past six days, the nation has begun to notice an awful series of events in Ferguson, Mo.: The police killing of an unarmed 18-year-old, followed by mass protests in African-American neighborhoods, followed by what looks suspiciously like a military action. From England, former WW reporter Corey Pein has also been watching. What he sees reminds him of Red Dawn. You may remember Pein from his ...   More
Thursday, August 14, 2014 AARON MESH

Saved by the Cell

In airing a police-shooting video, Portland cops are learning the art of media self-defense.

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When he ran for mayor, Charlie Hales promised he would change the culture of a Portland Police Bureau known for controversial shootings and violent treatment of the mentally ill. But when polic   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD, AARON MESH

One Question: Should the City End the 48-Hour Waiting Period for Police Involved in Shootings?

The city’s labor contract with police allows officers involved in a shooting or in-custody death to decline to talk to bureau investigators for 48 hours while they confer with union lawyers. O   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Former Cop Sentenced to 10 Years for Police Shooting (Hint: It Ain't Portland)

A former police officer insists he was just following his training. Yet he's sentenced to 10 years in prison for a controversial shooting during a traffic stop. Sound familiar? Not in Portland, where no cop has been indicted for on-duty use of force in decades. Yet apparently it does happen. Check out this news from Toledo, Ohio. I've posted intriguing cop news in the past from Toledo — ...   More
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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