Policing the Police

The mayoral candidates talk about community policing—but not how the city can pay for it.

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Charlie Hales says he’s crossed paths with the Portland police during his campaign for mayor—and he hasn’t always liked what he’s seen. He talks of a recent weapons stop he witnessed a   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

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

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

Know Your Rights

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People with badges are used to getting their way—even if the badge was issued by Blart Security. Teenagers aren’t always crazy about people telling them what to do. So when the guy in the unif   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 KATY SWORD

Cops vs. Your Cell Phone: An Oregon Case Featured in The Atlantic


The Atlantic has an interesting story online today about what latitude cops should have to search your cell phone if you're arrested.The story centers on a case currently being considered by the Oregon Supreme Court. In State vs. Nix, Albany cops in 2007 mined James Nix's cell phone for data without a warrant after arresting him on suspicion of dealing meth.Public defender Bronson James is arguing ...   More
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Killing All Cop Bills

Who’s stopping police reform in the Capitol?

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State Rep. Lew Frederick entered the 2011 Legislature with a package of bills he hoped would respond to the six officer-involved shootings last year in Portland. Halfway through the session, Frede   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Man Dead After Officer-Involved Shooting in Southeast Portland

Police say a 46-year-old man who'd armed and barricaded himself in a southeast Portland home is dead after an officer-involved shooting early this morning. Police have released few details so far but said the man, Craig Boehler, had fired at Special Emergency Reaction Team officers from inside the home after police had responded to a family disturbance. Here's video of the scene from KATU. Here's ...   More
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 HANK STERN

Portland Police Release Names of Officers in Monday's Shooting

Portland Police this afternoon released the names of the four officers involved in the shooting of 34-year-old Marcus Lagozzino in Southwest Portland on Dec. 27. According to police: Officer Jamin Becker, a 2-year-veteran of the Police Bureau, fired a Taser one time. Officer Ralph Elwood, a 14-year-veteran of the Police Bureau, fired four rounds from a less lethal shotgun. Officer Scott ...   More
Thursday, December 30, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portlanders Go to the Table with Police Bureau

Despite a spate of Portland police shootings in about a month, the tone at tonight's Community and Police Relations Committee meeting was one of respect. The meeting was the third in a series on the Portland police's use of force, and "it took a lot of work in the last two years to get to this point," said Rev. Héctor López, a committee member. Gathered in the basement of the United ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 STACY BROWNHILL


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