Many Questions Remain After Press Conference for Police Shotgun Shooting

Bob Day Police Shotgun Less Lethal

After a Friday afternoon press conference with Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese, plenty remains unclear about why a Central Precinct officer on Thursday shot a 20-year-old man with a gun that under police rules should never carry lethal ammunition. Police bureau managers suggested Officer Dane Reister violated several safeguards when he fired four live rounds from a bright-orange shotgun ...   More
Friday, July 1, 2011 COREY PAUL

Feds Announce 'Collaborative' Investigation Of Portland Police Bureau

thomas e perez doj civil rights

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sent one of his top deputies to Portland on Wednesday to announce a review of the Portland Police Bureau, aimed at determining whether police officers have exhibited a pattern of civil rights abuses. The review is a part of the Obama Justice Department's renewed pursuit of civil rights cases following years of neglect during the George W. Bush years—and ...   More
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 COREY PEIN

"Tragic Intersection": Police Chief Mike Reese at City Club


Nearly one year after he became Portland's top cop, Police Chief Mike Reese today defended his officers, owed up to some of their mistakes and blasted the mental-health system in a speech to the City Club of Portland.Reese praised his officers' heroism in a non-lethal shooting encounter with a machete-wielding man earlier this year and discussed errors made in the January 2010 shooting of 25-year-old ...   More
Friday, April 15, 2011 by

Civilian Oversight, Minorities and Crime Solving: Excerpts from the Police Bureau Budget


If you're like 60 percent of Portlanders, you feel safe walking in your neighborhood at night. And if you're like 87 percent of Portland cops, you're white.Those are two of the more interesting statistics to come out of the proposed police bureau budget released by the City of Portland this week.We'll have a piece in tomorrow's WW with a look at proposed new spending by the Police Bureau as well as ...   More
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Police Bureau Considers Flashlights with Built-In Pepper Spray


The Portland Police Bureau is researching the acquisition of new weapons in its effort to tamp down the number of fatal officer-involved shootings in Portland, according to a budget proposal. And one of the tools the bureau wants to consider is the so-called TigerLight, a flashlight that contains a stealth pepper-spray canister that can "drop a 250 pound man to his knees," according to the maker of ...   More
Friday, February 4, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Police Chief: Officer in Aaron Campbell Shooting is Terminated

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese just announced that Officer Ronald Frashour has been fired for the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Aaron Campbell last January. As first reported in WW, the police bureau's Use of Force Review Board recommended firing Frashour last August for shooting Campbell with an assault rifle while Campbell was unarmed and fleeing police. Reese said he and Mayor Sam Adams ...   More
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Read the Letter: Sister of Man Killed in Police Shooting Asks Adams Not to Promote Officer

As reported in this week's Murmurs, the sister of a man shot to death by a Portland cop in 2005 is now asking Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese not to promote the officer involved in the shooting. Officer Leo Besner tops the Police Bureau's list of officers to promote to sergeant. But Bobbie Jo Foster of Sammamish, Wash., argues in her Nov. 30 letter (PDF) that Besner has a history ...   More
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

After Last-Minute Plea From Dead Man's Friend, Adams Seems to Indicate Controversial Cop Will Be Promoted (Updated)

After a last-minute intervention in Portland Mayor Sam Adams' office by a friend of a man fatally shot in 2005 by Portland Police Officer Leo Besner, it appears Besner will be promoted today to sergeant. (Update 1:23 pm: Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson confirms Besner was promoted in a ceremony this morning.) Besner is atop the Police Bureau's list of candidates for sergeant. The city ...   More
Thursday, December 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Turn in a Gun This Saturday, At Least Get a Burger

Got unwanted firearms laying around? You can turn them in this Saturday, Dec. 18 at the annual Gun Turn-In event sponsored by Ceasefire Oregon and the City of Portland. Operable or inoperable guns will be accepted with no questions asked from 10 am to 2 pm at Memorial Coliseum's North Benton Parking Lot. Working guns can be exchanged for a $50 Fred Meyer gift card (limit of three). Non-working ...   More
Thursday, December 16, 2010 STACY BROWNHILL

Mike Reese

Portland’s police chief uses the pulpit to bully.

Friday, December 17, 2010 WW Editorial Staff


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