Portlanders Go to the Table with Police Bureau

Despite a spate of Portland police shootings in about a month, the tone at tonight's Community and Police Relations Committee meeting was one of respect. The meeting was the third in a series on the Portland police's use of force, and "it took a lot of work in the last two years to get to this point," said Rev. Héctor López, a committee member. Gathered in the basement of the United ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 STACY BROWNHILL

Want to Build a Police Training Center ... and Build a Relationship with Sen. Betsy Johnson?

Here's your opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a potential $120 million project in Scappoose, and build a relationship at the same time with both the Portland Police Bureau and powerful state Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose). In the waning days of Portland's annual budget process, funding to begin preliminary work on a proposed police training center got cut from about $2 million to ...   More
Friday, July 18, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

STREETS OF ST. PAUL: Minnesota Mayhem, pt. 1

Some new numbers are in. According to local media, 10,000 people were at the Capitol in St. Paul to protest against the War in Iraq during the Republican National Convention (lower than the 50,000 expected). As I mentioned in an earlier post, the vast majority of those 10,000 were nonviolent and civil. The Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting on the “bands of protesters” who ...   More
Monday, September 1, 2008 Kevin Stark

Portland Medics Arrested Outside Republican National Convention

It turns out some of the medical workers I wrote about here (in the photo above, they were helping activists who had been sprayed with pepper-spray or hurt by police in the aggressive suppression of anti-war protests on the first day of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul) are from a Oregon group called Portland Medics. According to the Medics, their members were arrested and attacked ...   More
Friday, September 5, 2008 Kevin Stark

Making Sure You're Still Angry About James Chasse Jr.

Wednesday, Sept. 17 marks the two-year anniversary of the death of James Chasse Jr., and the Mental Health Association of Portland wanted to be sure today that your outrage hasn't waned. Several association members spent the afternoon surrounding the Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct, drawing outlines of bodies and leaving a chalky roster on the sidewalk that lists the names of 12 mentally ...   More
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 Katie Gilbert

Samuel L. Jackson Does Not Appreciate Your Miscegenation: Lakeview Terrace Reviewed

Neil LaBute's latest effort to sabotage his career was screened after WW press deadlines. Just as well: Lakeview Terrace The most disheartening thing about Lakeview Terrace is not that director Neil LaBute has hired himself out to a limp, ludicrous exploitation picture, but that he has prostituted his sensibilities as well. On screen and (mostly) stage, LaBute has delved into the hostilities ...   More
Friday, September 19, 2008 AARON MESH

Chippendales Do Portland

New Year's Resolution: See more hot men in an intentional state of undress. In light of the fact that Chippendales will be gracing Portland's Refectory next week (Thursday, Jan. 15), it is time to discuss amongst ourselves the place of a male revue in our lives. And everyone has an opinion when it comes to Chippendales. Celebrities tend to have an inflated view of Chippendales' influence ...   More
Tuesday, January 6, 2009 Samantha Herman

Chaos in Copland: The Precinct Move, Day 1

After a confusion-filled Day 1 of the Portland Police Bureau's precinct consolidation on Tuesday, here's hoping Day 2 goes more smoothly. Cops at Central Precinct, East Precinct and North Precinct (formerly Northeast) describe a sometimes-disorderly move that initially left some officers with no patrol cars, nowhere to put their rifles and nowhere to park their own vehicles. "The first day ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

More 'Shocking' Info on Portland Police Use of Force

We reported today about new stats showing Portland police use Tasers on people with mental illness more than anyone else. Here are five more nuggets from the Independent Police Review report issued last week, which covers data from November 2007 to November 2008. Fact 1: African-American subjects are the only racial group that's subjected to use of force at a greater rate than they get arrested. Black ...   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Tigard Police Chief Resigns

Tigard Police Chief Bill Dickinson announced this morning he's retiring after seven years as head of the suburban city's 80-member police force. Tigard PD spokesman Jim Wolf says it's only a coincidence that the announcement came on the same day WW published this week's cover story critical of a Craigslist prostitution sting by three of Dickinson's officers. "It's unfortunate, the timing ...   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 JAMES PITKIN


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