Tales From the Weed Vault

Inside the city’s biggest pot stash: the Portland Police Bureau’s evidence warehouse.


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The best pot stash in town is stored deep in the tangled concrete jungle of the Northwest Industrial District.   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

One Billion Rising Refuses to Get Police Permit for V-Day March

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 Organizers of One Billion Rising, the worldwide protest to draw attention to issues of violence against women, are refusing to obtain a permit for their downtown march.The march, a part of national V-Day observations, is scheduled to begin at 3 pm Thursday, Feb. 14 in Director Park. Women will be dancing in solidarity with other women who have been raped or abused.The Portland Police Bureau is ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 AARON MESH

Portland Police to Spend $225,000 on Carpets and Wainscoting

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The proposed budget the Portland Police Bureau handed to Mayor Charlie Hales Monday shows that to meet the mayor's demand for 10 percent cuts across the board, the department says it will ax the entire mounted patrol, school police and the property crimes divisions. And according to a bid put out in late December, the old carpet in Central Precinct has also got to go.Cedar Mill Construction of Portland ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hotseat: Baruti Artharee

The city’s new cops czar talks about making the police safer for his grandkids.


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A lot of people in City Hall have interacted with police, but Baruti Artharee may be the only one who can say he’s had the business end of a cop’s gun pressed against his head. That was a lo   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Lawsuit: Portland Cops Tased Man, Made Woman Stand in Her Underwear

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A Portland couple has filed suit against the Portland Police Bureau, saying five officers unlawfully entered their apartment while they were sleeping, Tased the man and forced the woman to stand in her underwear during a search.The suit says that on Aug. 17, 2011, Sarah Lynn Hill and Brett Lopez had an argument in their apartment, but there was no physical violence. A neighbor heard pounding and shouting ...   More
 
Thursday, January 3, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

CenturyLink Sues to Stop Portland Phone Tax

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CenturyLink is asking a judge to decide whether Portland’s new tax—intended to raise up to $5 million to pay for police reforms—is legal, and its asking to stop the tax until the question is answered.The Portland City Council, under the legal gun itself by the U.S. Department of Justice, passed increased taxes on CenturyLink and Frontier Communications on Nov. 28. As of Jan. 1, the companies ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The First 30 Seconds

The city hopes to shield the mentally ill from excessive force by putting the right cop on the scene.


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It’s an otherwise slow Monday night, but Officer Casey Hettman is tense. He and two other Portland police officers move through...   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

What Legal Weed in Washington Means to Portlanders

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Not to be outdone by the hilarious Seattle Police Department's guide to getting high now that weed is legal up there, the Portland Police Bureau issued its own (less hilarious) FAQ this afternoon.The long and short of it: Marijuana is still illegal here. Cops don't care (that) much about less than an ounce of weed. Don't drive stoned. Don't bike stoned, because you can still get a DUII.The best way ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Zach Randolph Says Portland Police Don't Understand "Young, Black Urban Kids"

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The online sports magazine Grantland is making a habit of finding former Trail Blazers to tell stories about how miserable they were in Portland. In May, the ESPN-owned long-form journalism site revealed that former Blazers center Greg Oden “pretty much became an alcoholic” during his time here. Now writer Jonathan Abrams talks to Memphis Grizzlies power forward and iconic Jail Blazer Zach Randolph, ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 AARON MESH

Counting Cops

Police staffing levels will come under scrutiny as Charlie Hales pushes reforms.


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Mayor-elect Charlie Hales will be returning to City Hall in January with big plans to reform the Portland Police Bureau.    More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 TROY BRYNELSON

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