City and Police Union Survive Negotiations Without Declaring Impasse

Contrary to their previously reported plans, the City of Portland and the police union survived a morning round of contract negotiations with neither side declaring impasse. That means the talks will remain open to the public for now. But the next round of talks is set for next Friday, Dec. 10. And the union president, Officer Daryl Turner, says the option remains to declare an impasse and ...   More
Friday, December 3, 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

Man Fatally Shot By Police Officer in East Portland (Updated: Victim Had a Fake Gun)

UPDATE: The man shot by Portland police in the early morning hours today was wielding a replica gun similar to the one in the photo below, according to a news release this afternoon from the Police Bureau. The deceased man was identified as 45-year-old Darryel Dwayne Ferguson, a resident of the apartment complex. Here's the latest from the news release: Officers arrived and went to the apartment ...   More
Friday, December 17, 2010 HANK STERN

WW Obtains Draft Police Contract: What Cops Might Trade for a 2-Percent Raise

WW has obtained a working draft of the contract the Portland police union is negotiating with the city. The draft, received from a source inside the union, may come as a shock to many of the Portland Police Association's 900 members. In return for making major concessions in a new contract on controversial items such as comp time, police oversight and drug testing for officers, the union appears ...   More
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Police Union Announces Tentative Contract Deal With the City

The Portland Police Association today announced on its website what the union leadership is calling a "tentative contract agreement" with the City of Portland. The announcement says the union's 900 members will learn the terms of the deal next month at two general meetings with Officer Daryl Turner, who heads the police union; and union attorney Will Aitchison. WW published excerpts on Dec. ...   More
Monday, December 27, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Man Shot by Portland Police (UPDATED)

There's now more detail in last night's police shooting in southwest Portland. The man shot by police has been identified as 34-year-old Marcus Lagozzino, who is listed in critical condition at an area hospital. Detectives say Lagozzino assaulted his 61-year-old mother and his 60-year-old father after arguing with them and then went outside the home and began breaking windows. They say he armed ...   More
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 HANK STERN

Mayor and Police Chief Address Officer-Involved Shootings

Police Chief Mike Reese told reporters this afternoon that Portland had experienced "too many" officer-involved shootings in recent weeks but that even one would be "unacceptable" in his view. And though Portland historically has had far fewer officer-involved shootings than other similar-sized cities, Reese and Mayor Sam Adams said at today's press conference they would commit to an outside ...   More
Monday, January 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Police Shootings Pile Up

When Mayor Sam Adams took over management of the Police Bureau last May, we wrote the task has potential political risks but also potential political rewards if the "mayor demonstrates to Portlanders that he can manage the bureau most fraught with potential peril." The mayor said then that "This is not like any other assignment. There'll be bumps along the way, I'm sure.” At the midway ...   More
Monday, January 3, 2011 HANK STERN

Grand Jury Finds Fatal Jan. 2 Police Shooting Was Justified

A Multnomah County grand jury has concluded that the fatal Portland police shooting of a homeless man on Jan. 2 in an abandoned car wash in southeast Portland was justified. Police said at the time that Thomas Manford Higginbotham had threatened to kill a security officer in a nearby business and gone to the closed-down car wash. Police said he emerged from a room displaying a large knife, and ...   More
Thursday, January 20, 2011 HANK STERN


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