City, Police Union May Be at DOJ Impasse Over 48-hour Grace Period for Cops Involved in Shootings


Negotiations between the city and its police union over federally-mandated reforms are at an impasse, but Portland Police Chief Mike Reese says he’s going ahead with as many changes as he can in the meantime.The department released an 80-point “Action Item Matrix” today, and the document hints at the one issue that may have the city and the Portland Police Association at loggerheads: the 48 hour ...   More
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland, We Shrunk the Cops

Portland is hiring two police psychologists


As much as Portland's police say they're now the de facto psychological workers for the mentally ill on the city's streets, they need mental help too.The city is hiring contracted psychologist positions, one to conduct pre-hiring tests and another to test officers on staff who have gone through traumatic events or have had questions raised about their fitness.It's also a sign that the city may be parting ...   More
Monday, May 13, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland Police Sued for Half Million in Rear-End Collision

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A Portland man has filed a $566,700 lawsuit against the city of Portland and Portland Police Officer Robert Searle for a rear-end collision last year.Steven Wade says that he was driving on Southeast Fuller Road on Feb. 23, 2012, when he stopped for a pedestrian pushing a baby stroller. Searle, the suit says, failed to stop and rear-ended Wade.The suit, filed May 8 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, ...   More
Thursday, May 9, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Police Horses Would be Returned to Owners, Sold if Unit Folds

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As it has been in previous budget cycles, the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol is on the chopping block.And though mounted patrol-supporter and developer Bob Ball has stepped up with an extra $150,000 in funding, and Facebook fans are rallying to save the unit, it appears this year may actually be the end for the horse unit.But Portland police offered only a vague answer about what would become ...   More
Thursday, May 2, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Cogen "Shocked" by Hales Cutting Mental-Health Facility Funding


Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen held a "heated" meeting with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales this afternoon, saying he's "shocked and concerned" that the mayor's proposed budget eliminates funding for a a 16-bed mental-health crisis center where Portland police can take people in mental distress—but rarely do."I shared with the mayor my feelings," Cogen says. "The idea that the city—which is currently ...   More
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD and AARON MESH

Hospital Employee Says SUV was Hit by Bullets During Police Shooting


An engineer at Adventist Medical Center filed a claim for damages against the city of Portland, saying his SUV was hit with bullets as the police fired upon and killed federal fugitive Merle M. Hatch in February.Kevin House says his wife, Karen, who also works at Adventist, parked their 2007 Dodge Durango in the employee lot for her shift the night of Feb. 17. The SUV wound up in the line of fire when ...   More
Thursday, April 25, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

U Can Touch This: Portland Police Arrest "Hammer Pants Bandit"


Weston Miner Rodgers, arrested in connection with three bank robberies, continues the great Portland tradition of awesomely named robbers. Who can forget the "Hipster Bandit" and the "Where's Waldo Bank Robber"?Weston, 46, is dubbed the "Hammer Pants Bandit," but not because he wore M.C. Hammer's signature balloon-crotch pants. Rather, police say he used a hammer to simulate a gun and he kept it up ...   More
Friday, April 19, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland Officer Who Tased James Chasse Now Working on Mental Health Unit


The Portland Police Bureau is pushing forward with mental health reforms mandated by the U.S. Deportment of Justice—but one officer picked to work with the mentally ill is drawing criticism from advocates, The Skanner reports today.In a story about the reforms—which are being negotiated between the federal government, the city and the police union this month—the paper says that Chief Mike Reese ...   More
Thursday, April 18, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Punch Drunk

A video of a cop punching a suspect surfaces as lawyers in the case seek to rewrite state law on excessive force.

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Jason Cox says he was beaten by cops. But he has what a lot of people who allege police brutality don’t: a video. On June 18, 2011, Portland cops arrested Cox, then 37, in the parking lot of an    More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

ACLU Wary that New Portland Police Tactic Could Increase Racial Profiling

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As budget cuts loom for the department, the Portland Police Bureau is pitching a new "hot spot policing" technique, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon is worried that it may increase racial tensions between minorities and the cops.The new method was pitched to the Portland City Council this week. Hot spot policing uses data to show exactly where crime occurs, and then officers are dispatched ...   More
Friday, March 22, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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