Minorities in the Portland Police: Some Very Sad Numbers


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While reporting on tomorrow's WW cover story about the Aaron Campbell shooting, I requested data from the police bureau on the number of minority cops it employs. The question was prompted by two recent events. First was Rev. Jesse Jackson's calls in Portland Feb. 16 for greater minority representation in the cop shop and in city government. Then came Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman's statement ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall Notebook: Saltzman Meets With African-American Police Recruits


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Following up on his pledge from last week to reach out to African-American candidates for jobs with the Portland Police Bureau, Commissioner Dan Saltzman met with several recruits in his office this morning. Last Friday, Saltzman said some potential police officers had turned down jobs with the bureau in response to the fatal shooting of Aaron Campbell on Jan. 29. I'll update this post with ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Election 2010: Mary Volm Gets A $5,000 Donation


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After failing to qualify for public campaign financing in her City Council bid, Mary Volm -- former long-time City of Portland employee, pictured above -- just pulled a $5,000 private donation. The donor is Jasun Wurster, the former spokesman for the campaign to recall Mayor Sam Adams. Wurster is also Volm's boyfriend. Volm, of course, is hoping to unseat Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who is seeking ...   More
 
Thursday, February 25, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Adams Steps Into Campbell Controversy


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After more than a week spent standing back while City Commissioner Dan Saltzman and, more recently, City Commissioner Randy Leonard addressed last month's fatal Portland police shooting of Aaron Campbell, Mayor Sam Adams stepped forcefully into the debate this morning. Hours before Rev. Jesse Jackson brings the national spotlight to Portland tonight by speaking at a rally, Adams made an unannounced ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Rally Places Blame for Fatal Police Shooting on City Leaders


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African-American leaders from Portland this morning blasted City Hall and Portland police, calling for reforms at a rally in the wake of a Multnomah County grand jury's decision not to indict an officer involved in a fatal shooting. Nearly 100 people including religious leaders, former state lawmakers, political candidates and activists gathered on the steps on the downtown Justice Center. They ...   More
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Saltzman 'Out of Context' on Sizer's Retirement? Here's the Audio


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I was out of town yesterday reporting on another story. So I just got around to reading the flap about the item in this week's Murmurs about City Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Police Chief Rosie Sizer. I reported that Saltzman, who oversees the police bureau, said in an interview that Sizer has said she plans to retire when she's eligible for full benefits in July. Now I read on Jack Bogdanski's ...   More
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Bike Plan: City Council Exacts Revenge on Saltzman. Cyclists Win. Did Saltzman, Too?


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Without consulting Commissioner Dan Saltzman or the Bureau of Environmental Services, Mayor Sam Adams this afternoon proposed using $20 million of BES money to help build Portland's Bicycle Plan for 2030. The last-minute move appears to have been a calculated case of retribution directed at Saltzman for his surprise funding amendment last week. And the tapping of BES certainly caught BES head ...   More
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Saltzman to Grand Jury in Campbell Shooting: 'Immediate Action'


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City Commissioner Dan Saltzman just issued a letter to the grand jurors who yesterday strongly criticized the Portland Police Bureau's actions leading up to the fatal shooting Jan. 29 shooting of Aaron Campbell. Saltzman's letter (PDF) tells grand jurors he shares their concerns and vows "immediate action," including a full review of the bureau's training on handling people in crisis "utilizing ...   More
 
Friday, February 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

The Campbell Shooting: Leonard Speaks Up, Will Adams?


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Only Mayor Sam Adams knows why he made the unusual decision to assign the Police Bureau to Commissioner Dan Saltzman rather than over-seeing it himself as nearly every mayor in modern Portland history has done. There's at least one logical reason why Adams might not have wanted the bureau after he won election in 2008. As proven by the furor over the fatal Jan. 29 shooting of Aaron Campbell, ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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