Read the Report: New Details in Westerman Road Rage Complaint

The victim of two road-rage encounters this year with the head of the Portland police union told a sheriff's deputy she believes the two encounters were connected, according to an internal Washington County Sheriff's Office memo. The memo obtained by WW in a public-records request says Virginia Thompson told authorities her second encounter with Sgt. Scott Westerman "stemmed from an incident ...   More
Thursday, April 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Rosie Sizer and Sam Adams On $1.6 Million Chasse Settlement

Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer and Mayor Sam Adams have released statements this afternoon on the city's $1.6 million settlement with the family of James Chasse Jr. Sizer says she is "relieved" by the settlement. Here's what else she had to say: Nearly four years ago, James Chasse died in the custody of Portland Police officers. I and members of my organization felt horrible about his death. ...   More
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 HANK STERN

Reaction to Mayor's Decision to Fire Sizer and Replace Saltzman As Police Commissioner

The person everyone wants to hear from, following this morning's major police shakeup, is Commissioner Dan Saltzman. But Saltzman wasn't at City Hall after Mayor Sam Adams announced at noon he was both taking over the Police Bureau (16 months after taking the unusual step for a mayor of assigning it to Saltzman) and firing Chief Rosie Sizer. Meanwhile, one of Saltzman's main opponents in the ...   More
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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

Portland Police Release ID of Man Fatally Shot By Officer (UPDATED with statement from family)

The identity of the person fatally shot Wednesday evening by Portland police has been released, along with a summary of the medical examiner's report and the bureau's explanation of why it has taken until now to release the identity. Here's the release about the third person fatally shot by Portland police this year: The deceased subject involved in the May 12, 2010, officer-involved shooting ...   More
Friday, May 14, 2010 HANK STERN

More Gore

The woman who's accusing Al Gore of trying to sexually assault her in a downtown Portland hotel in 2006 is quoted in the National Enquirer's follow-up story this week of wanting police to launch a full investigation. The tabloid promises that its story this week will have the masseuse, 54-year-old Molly Hagerty, revealing "the key witness who could blow the case wide open, the secret hotel video ...   More
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 HANK STERN

Auditor Releases Chasse Report (Updated With Comment From Mayor Sam Adams)

The city auditor's office today released (PDF) the results of an outside expert's investigation into why it took more than three years for Portland police to finish their investigation into the death of James Chasse Jr. in police custody. While the report notes that the Police Bureau has made changes since 2006 and has "comparatively excellent processes for investigating and reviewing critical ...   More
Friday, July 23, 2010 HANK STERN

City of Portland Authorizes $1.6 Million Settlement with Chasse Family

A tragic episode that spanned one hour and 46 minutes on Sept. 17, 2006, came to a close almost four years later at City Hall this morning. Commissioners today officially approved Portland's $1.6 million settlement with the estate of James Chasse. Following the 4-0 vote (Commissioner Dan Saltzman was absent due to illness) in council chambers, the Chasse family issued what is to be their only ...   More
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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