Read the Report: New Details in Westerman Road Rage Complaint


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The victim of two road-rage encounters this year with the head of the Portland police union told a sheriff's deputy she believes the two encounters were connected, according to an internal Washington County Sheriff's Office memo. The memo obtained by WW in a public-records request says Virginia Thompson told authorities her second encounter with Sgt. Scott Westerman "stemmed from an incident ...   More
 
Thursday, April 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Listen to the Tape: Westerman Road Rage Victim's Call To Police


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Portland police have released a recording of Virginia Thompson's phone call to the police bureau the day after her Jan. 28 road-rage encounter with Sgt. Scott Westerman, head of the police union. Contrary to statements attributed to Thompson in a Washington County Sheriff's Office memo obtained by WW, it appears the Portland officer who answered Thompson's call was responsive to her complaint ...   More
 
Thursday, April 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Police Union Meeting Moved to Today; Some Cops Believe That Means Westerman is Out


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Following reports of Portland Police Association President Sgt. Scott Westerman's dual road-rage incidents in January, the union's 13-member executive board is planning to meet at 1 pm today instead of its previously scheduled meeting for Tuesday. The fact that the meeting has been moved up one day has prompted some rank-and-file cops to conclude Westerman plans to resign. "That would tell ...   More
 
Monday, April 19, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Police Union Boss Resigns


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As predicted this morning, Portland Police Association President Sgt. Scott Westerman resigned his post this afternoon, effective June 19. Westerman cited two reported road-rage incidents in January as the reason for his decision. Here's a written statement released by Westerman this afternoon: It is with deep regret that I am announcing that I am resigning as president of the Portland Police ...   More
 
Monday, April 19, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Westerman Road Rage: Behind the Numbers


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Mad props go to Larry Bednar, the Northeast Portland statistician who came up with the killer stat in our story this week about Sgt. Scott Westerman's twin road-rage cases. Bednar spent part of his weekend calculating the odds that Westerman would randomly encounter the same vehicle at opposite ends of the metro area — once off I-205, and again two days later on the Beaverton-Hillsdale ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Police Union Shredded No-Confidence Ballots on Sizer and Saltzman (UPDATED With Election Results)


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The Portland Police Association announced today it has two candidates heading for a runoff to be president of the 900-member union. Officer Daryl Turner got 44 percent of the 671 votes cast. Sgt. Doug Justus got 39 percent. A third candidate, Officer John Grable, did not make the runoff. Ballots in the runoff election will be counted July 21. Whichever candidate wins the election, there's ...   More
 
Friday, June 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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