Federal Investigators Mum On Thursday's Portland Police Shooting (Updated)

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The U.S. Department of Justice has declined to comment to WW whether and how the shooting of an apparently mentally ill person by a central precinct police officer last week will affect a recently launched DOJ investigation of the Portland Police Bureau. Nevertheless, it's clear DOJ officials will be looking over the bureau's shoulder as it investigates the incident internally. On Thursday, Officer ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 COREY PAUL

Many Questions Remain After Press Conference for Police Shotgun Shooting

Bob Day Police Shotgun Less Lethal

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After a Friday afternoon press conference with Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese, plenty remains unclear about why a Central Precinct officer on Thursday shot a 20-year-old man with a gun that under police rules should never carry lethal ammunition. Police bureau managers suggested Officer Dane Reister violated several safeguards when he fired four live rounds from a bright-orange shotgun ...   More
 
Friday, July 1, 2011 COREY PAUL

Feds Announce 'Collaborative' Investigation Of Portland Police Bureau

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sent one of his top deputies to Portland on Wednesday to announce a review of the Portland Police Bureau, aimed at determining whether police officers have exhibited a pattern of civil rights abuses. The review is a part of the Obama Justice Department's renewed pursuit of civil rights cases following years of neglect during the George W. Bush years—and ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 COREY PEIN

City Hall: Police Bureau Considers Flashlights with Built-In Pepper Spray

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The Portland Police Bureau is researching the acquisition of new weapons in its effort to tamp down the number of fatal officer-involved shootings in Portland, according to a budget proposal. And one of the tools the bureau wants to consider is the so-called TigerLight, a flashlight that contains a stealth pepper-spray canister that can "drop a 250 pound man to his knees," according to the maker of ...   More
 
Friday, February 4, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

After Last-Minute Plea From Dead Man’s Friend, Adams Seems to Indicate Controversial Cop Will Be Promoted (Updated)


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  After a last-minute intervention in Portland Mayor Sam Adams‘ office by a friend of a man fatally shot in 2005 by Portland Police Officer Leo Besner, it appears Besner will be promoted today to sergeant. (Update 1:23 pm: Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson confirms Besner was promoted in a ceremony this morning.) Besner is atop the Police Bureau’s list of candidates ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Mayor Hires New Director of Public Safety

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Mayor Sam Adams has picked a new director of public safety five months after taking the helm of the Portland Police Bureau. The new hire is Antoinette Edwards, formerly the diversity director for the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross. Adams hired Edwards this month, and mayoral spokesman Roy Kaufmann says Edwards' first day is today. Previously Adams interviewed Dorothy Elmore, a controversial ...   More
 
Friday, October 29, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Chaos in Copland: The Precinct Move, Day 1


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After a confusion-filled Day 1 of the Portland Police Bureau's precinct consolidation on Tuesday, here's hoping Day 2 goes more smoothly. Cops at Central Precinct, East Precinct and North Precinct (formerly Northeast) describe a sometimes-disorderly move that initially left some officers with no patrol cars, nowhere to put their rifles and nowhere to park their own vehicles. "The first day ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Adams Promises More Visibility on Police


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After a briefing from Portland Police earlier today, Mayor Sam Adams said this afternoon he has not reconsidered his decision to hand police management to Commissioner Dan Saltzman. But the mayor does say he will play a higher-profile role on police matters going forward. "I've decided to be more visible," he told WW, two days after the second fatal shooting of a man this year by a Portland ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Hitting Rewind As City Hall Considers Police Oversight


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City Hall is packed tonight as city commissioners and the mayor continue their discussion of the new ordinance to strengthen oversight of Portland Police. We'll have more from City Hall later. Meantime, we're hitting the rewind button and posting excerpts from a press release Mayor Sam Adams put out when he was still a commissioner. Issued in the fall of 2008, it explained why Adams wanted to ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Police Bureau Is Not $5 Million Over Budget


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Just last week, Mayor Sam Adams singled out the Portland Police Bureau for being "projected to overspend its budget by up to $5 million." But in a meeting today with labor leaders and city bureau directors — after a question from Chief Rosie Sizer about her bureau's financial condition — a representative of the city's budget office told the gathered crowd that new projections showed ...   More
 
Thursday, April 15, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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