Another Alleged Portland Police Tackle: This Time, It's a Lawsuit

Five days after Portland police were booed by a crowd July 31 for taking a man to the ground outside the Roseland Theater, another man filed a lawsuit against the city claiming a very similar story. According to the lawsuit filed Aug. 4 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Sadiki Stone, 27, of North Portland, was standing on the sidewalk at Southeast 4th Avenue and Washington Street on Aug. 5, ...   More
Thursday, August 6, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

City Council to Hear Pleas on Chasse Case

The Mental Health Association of Portland tomorrow will take its pleas regarding the death of James Chasse Jr. directly to the City Council. Jason Renaud, head of the nonprofit advocacy group, says there's a perception that the police have enjoyed impunity since Chasse, who suffered from schizophrenia, died in police custody in 2006. "The message delivered is a brutal beating and death of ...   More
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Chief Releases Chasse Findings (UPDATED with response from Chasse family)

More than three years after the death of James Chasse Jr., Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer today released the findings of an investigation into the death. The Police Use of Review Force Board in its findings concluded that the "initiation and termination of the foot pursuit of Mr. Chasse did not violate any Bureau policy and that the force used during the struggle to stop, control and handcuff ...   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 HANK STERN

Call for Chasse Cops' Resignation Draws Church Leader, Small Crowd

The Rev. LeRoy Haynes joined mental-health advocates today in calling on the police who arrested James Chasse Jr. to resign. Haynes, representing the Albina Ministerial Alliance of North and Northeast Portland, likened Chasse's 2006 death in police custody to the earlier police shootings of Kendra James, James Jahar Perez and Jose Santos Victor Mejia Poot. Quoting Martin Luther King Jr. that ...   More
Thursday, October 8, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Sick Leave Rules Rankle Portland Cops

Seeking to crack down on possible sick leave abuse, the Portland Police Bureau recently "clarified" how officers should ask their bosses for sick days. The move has caused eye-rolling by some cops who see management taking a nanny-state approach. A Sept. 14 memo (PDF) from precinct commanders reminds cops that "sick time reporting will be made in a personal conversation between the member and ...   More
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Another High-Level Resignation from the Portland Police Union's Board

The Portland police union has lost another high-level member with the resignation of Central Precinct Officer Daryl Turner from the union's executive board. Turner declined a request for comment on why he abruptly left the Portland Police Association's 13-member board earlier this month. Sgt. Scott Westerman, the head of the union, also declined comment on the reasons for Turner's departure. Turner ...   More
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

How To Learn More About A Tough Topic: Human Trafficking

Here's one thing I learned after attending a human trafficking panel earlier this week: Portland is a prime spot for traffickers who thrive off of an endless product - other people. Here's one other thing after attending the symposium Tuesday night put together by Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans, Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel and Clark County Soroptimists: More than 50 percent ...   More
Friday, October 23, 2009 Sasha Ingber

One Notable Difference in How Chief Sizer Handled the Chasse and Kaer Cases (Updated with Sizer No-Comment)

Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer has signed a letter of proposed discipline for the cops who arrested James Chasse Jr., despite a public disagreement with Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman over the punishment he recommended. Officer Chris Humphreys and Sgt. Kyle Nice got letters on Wednesday proposing 80 hours of unpaid leave for their role in Chasse's 2006 death in police custody. Sizer's signature ...   More
Thursday, November 5, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Assistant Portland Chief Bret Smith Named New Top Cop in Canby

Two weeks ago we noted that two high-ranking Portland cops had applied to be the new Canby police chief. Well, the results are in today, and Assistant Chief Bret Smith has accepted the job. Smith, a 28-year veteran of the Portland Police, "was selected for his integrity, leadership abilities, experience and professionalism," according to a news release (PDF) from the City of Canby. The ...   More
Friday, November 13, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

What Portland's Mounted Police Patrol Did Last Weekend

Here's some video from a training this past weekend by the Portland Police's mounted patrol unit. The idea was to do some crowd control training with a few dozen volunteers acting as sign-waving protesters complete with fire and smoke bombs. Looks pretty tame compared to an actual Portland protest, and I think the sign urging the arrest of Sharon (I'm assuming a reference to Ariel Sharon) is ...   More
Monday, November 16, 2009 HANK STERN


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