City Offers $21,000 in Lawsuit by Cop Transferred to Property Room

The City of Portland has offered $21,000 to settle a lawsuit by a police officer who claimed he suffered retaliation after voicing concern about one of the cops involved in the death of James Chasse Jr. Officer Tom Brennan was transferred from patrol duty to working in the Police Bureau property room last January. The move came shortly after Brennan expressed concern about a heated encounter ...   More
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Sizer: Decision on Chasse Discipline Not Far Off

After enduring repeated criticism from the Portland police union, Chief Rosie Sizer tells WW she's close to deciding on whether the officers involved in the 2006 death of James Chasse Jr. deserve discipline. "It is going through the process, and I don't think it will take too much longer," Sizer said at the tail end of an interview Wednesday about profiling by gang cops. Sizer says her decision ...   More
Friday, January 30, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall to Audit Police Taser Use (Updated with Rosie Sizer and Police Union Comment)

City Auditor Lavonne Griffin-Valade has taken on a controversial topic a few weeks into her term: investigating Taser use by the Portland Police Bureau. Griffin-Valade tells WW she kicked off the audit Monday with a conference in Police Chief Rosie Sizer's office among Sizer, city audit staff, and Leslie Stevens, director of accountability and professional standards at the Police Bureau. The ...   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Chief Releases Chasse Findings (UPDATED with response from Chasse family)

More than three years after the death of James Chasse Jr., Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer today released the findings of an investigation into the death. The Police Use of Review Force Board in its findings concluded that the "initiation and termination of the foot pursuit of Mr. Chasse did not violate any Bureau policy and that the force used during the struggle to stop, control and handcuff ...   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 HANK STERN

City Council to Hear Pleas on Chasse Case

The Mental Health Association of Portland tomorrow will take its pleas regarding the death of James Chasse Jr. directly to the City Council. Jason Renaud, head of the nonprofit advocacy group, says there's a perception that the police have enjoyed impunity since Chasse, who suffered from schizophrenia, died in police custody in 2006. "The message delivered is a brutal beating and death of ...   More
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Rosie Sizer Tells Entire Police Bureau She Supports Embattled Capt. Mark Kruger

Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer wouldn't comment for our story this week about Mark Kruger, the Central Precinct captain accused in a new YouTube video of ties to Nazism. But a few hours after the story hit newsstands Wednesday, Sizer sent out an email (PDF) to the entire Police Bureau saying she stands behind Kruger. Sizer promoted Kruger last year despite long-standing allegations about ...   More
Thursday, October 15, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Saltzman to Leonard: Let Portland Water Bureau Security Guards Use Pepper Spray

In response to the news that Commissioner Randy Leonard wants Water Bureau security guards to become armed peace officers, Commissioner Dan Saltzman today issued an eight-page memo [PDF] outlining all the reasons he opposes the effort. Saltzman, of course, oversees the Portland Police Bureau that Leonard at one point wanted to manage. The document, which proposes giving security guards less lethal ...   More
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

One Notable Difference in How Chief Sizer Handled the Chasse and Kaer Cases (Updated with Sizer No-Comment)

Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer has signed a letter of proposed discipline for the cops who arrested James Chasse Jr., despite a public disagreement with Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman over the punishment he recommended. Officer Chris Humphreys and Sgt. Kyle Nice got letters on Wednesday proposing 80 hours of unpaid leave for their role in Chasse's 2006 death in police custody. Sizer's signature ...   More
Thursday, November 5, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Sizer and Saltzman Cave; Police Union Suspends No-Confidence Vote

The Portland police union has declined to release the results of last week's no-confidence vote on Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Chief Rosie Sizer today as planned. In a news release (PDF), the Portland Police Association says the decision came after Saltzman and Sizer agreed today to give back Officer Chris Humphreys' badge. "The (union's) rally on November 24 was designed to focus ...   More
Monday, November 30, 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


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