New Chief Makes Heads Roll on the 15th Floor of the Police Bureau (Updated with Press Release)


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Cops say Mike Reese has wasted no time as Portland's new top cop before purging the chief's office of several high-profile figures. Three sources close to the police bureau tell WW that Leslie Stevens and John Eckhart have been told they'll no longer be employed on the 15th floor of the Justice Center. Two of those sources say Brian Martinek also is out. Stevens is head of the bureau's Office ...   More
 
Thursday, May 13, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Saltzman Calls Adams "Vindictive," Claims Explanation for Timing Is "Ridiculous"


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Sixteen months after accepting the job Mayor Sam Adams originally didn't want, Commissioner Dan Saltzman responded this afternoon to the mayor's abrupt decision to strip Saltzman of his job as police commissioner and to fire Chief Rosie Sizer. Saltzman called Adams' decision an example of the mayor's vengeful and headline-driven style of governance. "I've experienced vindictiveness by the mayor," ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Cops React to Sizer's Firing


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Cops reacted with relief today at the news that Mayor Sam Adams had fired Chief Rosie Sizer and replaced her with Mike Reese, a popular commander among the rank and file. As we reported last fall, Sizer had lost the trust of her troops — many of whom viewed her as unsupportive in the face of what many cops view as unfair criticism from the public. Three cops tell WW that Facebook lit ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Albina Ministerial Alliance: "Keaton Otis Did Not Have to Die"


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The Albina Ministerial Alliance this morning called the fatal police shooting of Keaton Otis "both preventable and unnecessary." "Keaton Otis did not have to die and Officer Christopher Burley did not have to be shot," Rev. LeRoy Haynes of the alliance's Coalition for Justice and Police Reform said at a news conference. Otis, a 25-year-old African-American man who suffered from mental illness, ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

New State Initiative in Bias Crime Reporting


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Last week's forum in Portland at the Q Center on gay bashing revealed that many members of the LGBTQ community feel uncomfortable reporting bias crimes to the police. Days after the June 2 forum, the state Department of Justice is announcing the establishment of a confidential bias crime reporting system for anyone who's been targeted as a result of their race, gender, religion and sexual orienation. ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Caitlin Giddings

Switcheroo? Uniformed Cops to Take Over Civilian Jobs Cut in Police Budget


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When Mayor Sam Adams and new Police Chief Mike Reese rolled out their revised police budget last month, they said it was all about preserving public safety in Portland by keeping cops on the streets. "This budget is about protecting the operational integrity of the Portland Police Bureau," Reese was quoted as saying in a news release. "Units like Mounted Patrol and Cold Case are what Portlanders ...   More
 
Thursday, June 3, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Forum Held at Q Center To Address Gay-bashing


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It's easy to get complacent about gay issues in a progressive town like Portland. The mayor is gay. Our queer community is legion. But at last night's GLBTQ Community Forum on Gay Bashing, it was hard to sustain the illusion that Portland is a magical paradise free of hate-based crimes. With shaky voices, local queers Birch and Jeffrey told their story of being assaulted by a group of men yelling ...   More
 
Thursday, June 3, 2010 Caitlin Giddings

Adams to Push for Drug-Testing Police


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Last week we posted about City Commissioner Dan Saltzman's plans to beef up drug testing for Portland cops before Mayor Sam Adams took over the police bureau last month. After today's news conference on the Keaton Otis shooting, we asked Adams whether he plans to take up Saltzman's initiative to make drug testing part of the ongoing contract negotiations with the police union. Adams said ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

32 Shots: Keaton Otis Shooting Audio and Documents (Updated with Details from Reese and Adams News Conference)


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Portland police today released audio from their fatal shooting last month of 25-year-old Keaton Otis as well as documents (PDF) from the investigation into what happened during the May 12 traffic stop in the Lloyd District. At a news conference this afternoon, Chief Mike Reese handed out this diagram of the scene and answered questions about the incident, in which Officer Chris Burley was shot ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Liability in Fatal Police Shooting of Keaton Otis


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A Multnomah County grand jury has found no criminal liability in the Portland police's fatal shooting of Keaton Dupree Otis. The May 12 shooting death of the 25-year-old Otis during a traffic stop in the Lloyd District was the third fatal shooting by Portland police this year There have been no criminal indictments in any of those shootings, which has been the case involving every grand jury ...   More
 
Friday, May 28, 2010 HANK STERN

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