Police Body Cameras Could Cost Far More Than Expected, City Budget Officials Warn

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Amid recent protests of police violence, political momentum is increasing to require Portland Police Bureau officers to wear body cameras. Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) has made body cameras part of his police-reform package, and Mayor Charlie Hales has said he wants cameras on Portland cops by next fall.But the city of Portland's budget office has issued a warning to Hales: Body-camera programs ...   More
Monday, March 16, 2015 AARON MESH

Audit Dings Portland Police Bureau for Lack of Follow-up Training

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Portland City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero says the Portland Police Bureau rightly implements new policies after officers’ mistakes grab headlines, but then fails to follow through on some of the changes after the headlines fade. Hull Caballero’s conclusion comes from a report issued Tuesday.It pinpointed an “initial flurry of activity” after police shootings or other high-profile ...   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK

19 Portland Police Bureau Employees Liked the "I am Darren Wilson" Facebook Posts


The three Portland Police officers reprimanded for creating Facebook posts showing their badges wrapped in the slogan "I am Darren Wilson" were not alone in their views. Portland Police Officer Rich Storm posted his badge Saturday. The post received 32 "likes" before Chief Mike Reese ordered him to remove it Monday. Photos captured of Storm's post show at least 19 of those "likes" came from within ...   More
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 MILLER RESOR

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.

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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


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