Portland Police and WW Agree: No More Harlem Shake

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In a surprising display of humor, the Portland Police Bureau just put up their own version of a Harlem shake video. First seeing this, we at WW rolled our eyes, as this meme has definitely jumped the shark. But, the PPB's version has a twist. It seems that Portland's cops agree: no more Harlem shake videos. The solo dancer—a guy in plain clothes doing some serious white guy wiggling in the Central ...   More
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Saved by the Cell

In airing a police-shooting video, Portland cops are learning the art of media self-defense.

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When he ran for mayor, Charlie Hales promised he would change the culture of a Portland Police Bureau known for controversial shootings and violent treatment of the mentally ill. But when polic   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD, AARON MESH

Police Union: Use of Force Policy "Fundamentally Flawed"


Portland's largest police union says the police bureau's revised use of force policies handed out by Chief Mike Reese Thursday are "fundamentally flawed."In a release sent this morning, the Portland Police Association repeated that it was not party to any of the changes made to the use of force and Taser policies—done as part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that found ...   More
Friday, February 22, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

After Adventist Shooting Leak, Portland Cops Told to Not Talk to Media


The day after officers leaked the news to The Oregonian that the man killed by police outside Portland Adventist Medical Center wasn't armed, Portland police command instituted a media lockdown.Officers were told at Wednesday roll call that they cannot talk to reporters without approval, one officer tells WW.Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson says he can't confirm whether officers were told ...   More
Thursday, February 21, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

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


 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


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


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


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