Officers Told Today At Roll Call That Chasse Cop Christopher Humphreys In Recent Use-Of-Force Incident

East Precinct police officers were told today at roll call that Christopher Humphreys, one of the cops involved in the death of James Chasse (photo above), was involved in a use-of-force incident recently in East Portland. Reports are not entirely complete, but apparently there was a struggle between an officer and a teen-ager and Humphreys fired a beanbag round at the teen-ager from a distance ...   More
Thursday, November 19, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Pervo-Cop's Victim Files Tort Claim Against City

You knew this was coming. When Portland Police Officer Joseph Wild was sentenced to prison last fall for making sexually harassing phone calls to 10 females — including minors, a family member and police recruits — it was only a matter of time before the lawsuits would fly. In some calls, he threatened rape. In others, he claimed he saw the victim naked. Wild made some of the ...   More
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Bra Search a 'Mere Conversation': Appeals Court Overrules County Judge

The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed a Marion County judge who ruled a cop searching a woman's bra was simply part of "mere conversation." Here's the back story, according to the Court of Appeals ruling: On Sept. 3, 2006, Dena Idell Mathis of Eugene was at the Oregon State Fairgrounds when the State Police pulled over the car she was riding in for several traffic infractions. Police ...   More
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Randy Leonard Vows Fight in 2010 on Police Oversight (with Clarification and Sizer No-Comment)

City Commissioner Randy Leonard tells WW his No. 1 priority in 2010 will be increasing oversight of discipline in the Portland Police Bureau. Leonard says he's working to bring before the City Council as soon as possible amendments to the city code. Leonard's chief of staff, Ty Kovatch, says Leonard is working with City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade, Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman and ...   More
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

What I Learned in Police Firearms Training Class

I "shot" a police officer last Friday. And though the gun was fake, the fear was certainly real. On the morning of Feb. 19, a handful of journalists from local media (including OPB's April Baer in the photo above with the Portland Police Bureau's Tracy Chamberlin) showed up at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas for a four-hour firearms training session presented by the Police Bureau. Portland police ...   More
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Leah Dimatteo

Girl in Beanbag Shooting Re-Arrested Last Night

Portland Police say the 13-year-old girl whose case created a public uproar when she was shot with a beanbag gun last fall by Officer Christopher Humphreys was arrested again last night. The girl set her bedroom on fire after she became enraged watching evening news coverage of her sentencing yesterday to one year of probation, one cop says. Detective Mary Wheat, a police spokeswoman, confirmed ...   More
Thursday, March 4, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

A Few Juicy Bits About the Jason Krohn Police Complaint

Local cop-watchers have had today's date marked on their calendars for some time. Tonight the Independent Police Review Division's Citizen Review Committee will hear the appeal of a complaint by Jason Krohn, the son of retired Portland cop Kelly Krohn. The Oregonian published a lengthy article in December about Jason Krohn's drunken tussle with police outside a downtown bar in August 2006 ...   More
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Man Dead in Hoyt Arboretum Shooting (UPDATED)

UPDATED: Portland police say they fatally shot an adult man this afternoon outside an office at Hoyt Arboretum after a disturbance was reported there. Central Precinct officers responded to the call around 3 pm and no officer was injured in the incident. There are no other details immediately available on the fatal shooting, which comes less than two months after Portland police fatally shot ...   More
Monday, March 22, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

In Which I Try to Cover a Police Protest and Get Kicked out of a Public Park

Well, that didn't last long. I arrived at Col. Summers Park in Southeast Portland at 6 p.m. to cover what was billed as a "Convergence & March to Oppose Yesterday's Police Killing." That killing, of course, being the fatal police shooting Monday in Hoyt Arboretum of a person who has been identified only as a 58-year-old white male. In the park I found about 70 people gathered on the grass. ...   More
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Protesters Demand Police Reform in Portland

Demonstrators protesting Portland police abuses again took to the streets Friday night, gathering at NW 13th and Everett – the Pearl district spot where police in 2006 first confronted James Chasse Jr., who later died in custody. This protest was smaller and much more peaceful than a larger anti-police demonstration downtown last week. At 5 pm Friday, around 30 protesters mingled on the ...   More
Saturday, April 10, 2010 Ott Tammik


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