Former Sgt. Doug Justus abruptly retired from the bureau a year ago. A federal lawsuit he filed Jan. 12 casts Justus as a whistle-blower wrongfully terminated for speaking publicly about the city’s failures in sex-trafficking cases, and who suffered retaliation and defamation by bureau managers even after he left the force. He’s seeking $2.5 million.
The suit raises serious questions whether one of the city’s top vice cops was punished for going off script when talking to the media about one of the most publicized crime issues of recent years—the city’s sex trade.
But now no one is talking. Justus agreed to be interviewed by WW, but his new attorney, Charese Rohny, later said she didn’t think it would be in his best interest. City and Police Bureau officials also declined to comment.
Justus, 56, claims his problems began in the spring of 2010, when a crew from HDNet’s Dan Rather Reports came to town. Justus gave the former CBS News anchor an interview about child sex trafficking and a tour of Portland strip clubs.
After “Pornland, Oregon,” aired on HDNet that May, Justus alleges, he learned the interview had made the city’s new police chief, Mike Reese, and Mayor Sam Adams “very upset.”
Justus on HDNet