Failure To Comply

The feds have used independent monitors to reform police agencies elsewhere. But Portland leaders don’t want one here.

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The U.S. Department of Justice last week released a damning report about the Portland Police Bureau’s use of force. The details may...   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Inside the DOJ Report

Five Cases in Which the Portland Police Violated the Constitutional Rights of Mentally Ill Citizens


The US Department of Justice's findings that the Portland Police Bureau has practiced a pattern of violating the constitutional rights of mentally ill citizens are based on a review of more than 700 incidents in the last 18 months.The DOJ report specifically points to five cases—including officers hitting people with Tasers, punching them, using pepper spray and bean bag guns—that occurred despite ...   More
Thursday, September 13, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

UPDATED: Feds Find Pattern of Excessive Force by Portland Police Against Mentally Ill

US Department of Justice finds constitutional violations

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The US Department of Justice will announce this morning that it's found the Portland Police Bureau has engaged in a practice and pattern of using excessive force against people who have mental illness, and that the bureau has committed constitutional rights violations. At a Thursday morning press conference, Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said the investigation found the Portland ...   More
Thursday, September 13, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

It's Almost Guns-For-Gift-Cards Time Again


The city of Portland and the Ceasefire Oregon Foundation are beginning to publicize this year's annual gun turn-in event, August 18, from 10am-2pm in the north Benton parking lot at Memorial Coliseum.Last year's annual event had lackluster results. As the Portland Tribune reported at the time, private gun buyers crashed the event, holding signs that advertised $50-$200 cash for guns.This year, organizers ...   More
Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Corey Pein

Occupy Portland Protester Who Was Hospitalized Sues City For $3 Million

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Occupy Portland demonstrator Justin James Bridges briefly became the movement's poster child last November when he was hospitalized after police officers dragged him out of Chapman Square.Yesterday Bridges filed a lawsuit against the city of Portland, neighboring cities that sent police officers to last year's downtown showdown and eight individual officers involved in his arrest. He alleges, among ...   More
Monday, July 16, 2012 by Corey Pein

Read The Portland Police Union President's Blistering Attack On Bureau Leaders

Aaron Campbell case at issue

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Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner has published a long, detailed and yet still raw-feeling screed directed at the leadership of the Portland Police Bureau, including Chief Mike Reese, Lt. Robert King and Mayor Sam Adams.Turner's beef? Adams' decision to ignore an arbitrator's ruling and fire Officer Ron Frashour, who two years ago shot an unarmed man, Aaron Campbell (pictured). The ...   More
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 by Corey Pein

Portland Police Nab Downtown Snake

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The Portland Police Bureau successfully responded to yet another high-profile animal-related incident this morning, capturing a three-foot snake downtown following an anonymous tip.From the PPB:This morning, Thursday [May 31], 2012, at 8:50 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to the report of a found snake at Southwest 5th Avenue and Market Street. The caller reported ...   More
Thursday, May 31, 2012 by Corey Pein

Portland Police Advise iPhone Users Not To Stare, Zombielike, At Their Devices

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Portland police yesterday announced that they'd caught that most elusive brand of criminal, the smartphone thief. Three recent Apple-related robberies are being blamed on an unnamed 16-year-old from East Portland, and police say they expect to make more arrests.This should give Portland police bragging rights over their counterparts in Berkely, Calif., where 10 officers on overtime failed to locate ...   More
Friday, May 25, 2012 COREY PEIN

Today's Fluff Courtesy The Portland Police Bureau

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It's no tranquilized bear falling out of a tree, but this Mayberryesque report of a duck family rescue comes via the Portland Police Bureau's Facebook page. Gold star for correct usage of the word "badling": In the late afternoon hours of Monday May 14, 2012, two Portland Police officers responded to a call of some wayward ducks ambling along the median of the northbound McLoughlin viaduct, North ...   More
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 by Corey Pein

Occupiers Get Clever With May Day Flyers

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Occupy Portland activists have called for a general strike tomorrow, in honor of May Day.Portland Mayor Sam Adams this afternoon put out a press release saying he expects a "peaceful, family-friendly" May Day march by organized labor groups—but noted "the Portland Police Bureau are charged with keeping the peace."The bureau, for its own part, said in an April 22 release that "mildly aggressive" demonstrators ...   More
Monday, April 30, 2012 COREY PEIN


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