Adams and Reese Debut: Details Still Sketchy on Cop Shooting

Mayor (and newly minted Police Commissioner) Sam Adams joined today with his new police chief, Mike Reese to discuss last night's fatal police shooting in a press conference that took place less than 24 hours after Adams had introduced Reese yesterday as the new chief. There are still many unknowns in that shooting — the third fatal police shooting in 2010. According to the cops, at ...   More
Thursday, May 13, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

New Police Commissioner Gets First New Challenge (UPDATED with Adams comments this morning)

Before nightfall of his first day as Portland's new self-appointed police commissioner, Mayor Sam Adams got his first challenge in the form of a fatal police shooting — the third in less than five months this year. Many details about this shooting will emerge in the coming days as they did with the deaths of Aaron Campbell and Jackie Collins. New police chief Mike Reese —appointed ...   More
Thursday, May 13, 2010 HANK STERN

Switcheroo? Uniformed Cops to Take Over Civilian Jobs Cut in Police Budget

When Mayor Sam Adams and new Police Chief Mike Reese rolled out their revised police budget last month, they said it was all about preserving public safety in Portland by keeping cops on the streets. "This budget is about protecting the operational integrity of the Portland Police Bureau," Reese was quoted as saying in a news release. "Units like Mounted Patrol and Cold Case are what Portlanders ...   More
Thursday, June 3, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Adams and Reese on Anti-Hate Crime Measures

In the wake of several hate-motivated attacks against gays in Portland, Mayor Sam Adams, Q Center director Kendall Clawson and police Chief Mike Reese held a press conference today at the Q Center to discuss how police would better protect the gay community . On Memorial Day weekend, six men were beaten and had homophobic slurs shouted at them in a traditionally LGBTQ-friendly area on Southwest ...   More
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Jacob Reingold

Adams Vows (Another) Crackdown on Gang Violence

A year and a half ago, it was then-Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman's "Operation Cool Down." Today, Mayor Sam Adams didn't borrow Saltzman's operational title for his own effort to crack down on gang violence. But he might have. After the dreariest June on record, the mayor linked gang violence to hot weather. "Law enforcement data shows an increase in gang activity in the Portland area. ...   More
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Police Chief Mike Reese on the Al Gore Investigation

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese released a statement this afternoon on yesterday's brief announcement by his bureau that it would re-open the investigation into sexual assault charges made by a masseuse against former Vice President Al Gore. The statement (PDF) is mostly a re-visit of the timeline about the first contact Gore's accuser had with police a couple months after she says Gore tried ...   More
Thursday, July 1, 2010 HANK STERN

Mayor, Police Chief Take to the Streets with Q Patrol

Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese walked the beat Friday night with members of the Q Patrol, a newly formed citizen brigade hoping to curb attacks on the LGTBQ community in Old Town and entertainment districts in Portland. The mayor and chief joined the group of uniformed police officers, Q Patrol members in their signature orange vests and members of the community to spotlight the patrol ...   More
Sunday, August 15, 2010 Patrick Guild

Chief Reese: Beanbag Shooting Was in Policy, Campbell Decision Still Pending

Police Chief Mike Reese made an announcement today on discipline for two recent high-profile incidents. Reese said he found that Officer Christopher Humphreys' shooting of a 12-year-old girl with a beanbag gun last November was within police bureau policy. And Reese said the public will have to wait to hear his decision on discipline in the January fatal shooting of 25-year-old Aaron Campbell, ...   More
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Mother of Murdered Son Rails Against Gangs; Mayor Adams Announces Hotline

At a news conference this morning with a murdered man's family, Mayor Sam Adams announced one of his solutions to Portland gang violence: a phone number for callers to connect with gang outreach services. Adams described the hotline as "one-stop shopping" for gang members to connect with "the bureaucracy." He said the hotline should be ready in three weeks. Meanwhile, Portlanders continue ...   More
Friday, October 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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