Missing Justus

A Portland cop says he was forced out of his job over a human-trafficking case.


Cops and Courts
The Portland Police Bureau’s former point man on the issue of human trafficking has put the city on notice that he intends to sue his former supervisor for gender harassment.   More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Civilian Oversight, Minorities and Crime Solving: Excerpts from the Police Bureau Budget

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If you're like 60 percent of Portlanders, you feel safe walking in your neighborhood at night. And if you're like 87 percent of Portland cops, you're white.Those are two of the more interesting statistics to come out of the proposed police bureau budget released by the City of Portland this week.We'll have a piece in tomorrow's WW with a look at proposed new spending by the Police Bureau as well as ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Commissioners Approve Police Contract (Updated)

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Portland city commissioners unanimously voted to approve a new three-year contract with the police union  that gives the 900 union members a 2-percent raise in exchange for concessions on overtime, police oversight and random drug testing. And while other City of Portland unions gave up cost-of-living increases in 2010 in light of the recession (see update below), Commissioner Randy Leonard called ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

More on the Officer-Involved Shooting in Southeast Portland (UPDATED with autopsy results)


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The Portland Police Bureau on Wednesday afternoon released the medical examiner's report into the death of a 46-year-old man shot in a southeast Portland standoff. The autopsy concluded the man, Craig Boehler, had been shot but that the actual cause of death was smoke inhalation from a fire that consumed the house. The cause of that fire remains under investigation. And the officer who fired ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

City Offers $21,000 in Lawsuit by Cop Transferred to Property Room


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The City of Portland has offered $21,000 to settle a lawsuit by a police officer who claimed he suffered retaliation after voicing concern about one of the cops involved in the death of James Chasse Jr. Officer Tom Brennan was transferred from patrol duty to working in the Police Bureau property room last January. The move came shortly after Brennan expressed concern about a heated encounter ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Read the Letter: Sister of Man Killed in Police Shooting Asks Adams Not to Promote Officer


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As reported in this week's Murmurs, the sister of a man shot to death by a Portland cop in 2005 is now asking Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese not to promote the officer involved in the shooting. Officer Leo Besner tops the Police Bureau's list of officers to promote to sergeant. But Bobbie Jo Foster of Sammamish, Wash., argues in her Nov. 30 letter (PDF) that Besner has a history ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Source: Impasse Friday in Police Contract Negotiations; Public Scrutiny Gone


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Scuttlebutt tonight in the Portland Police Bureau is that one or both parties in contract negotiations between the city and the police union are set to declare an impasse Friday. That situation would remove public scrutiny and move the contract talks behind closed doors. Negotiations were stalled for months earlier this year when the union balked at having residents and media observe meetings. After ...   More
 
Thursday, December 2, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

City and Police Union Survive Negotiations Without Declaring Impasse


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Contrary to their previously reported plans, the City of Portland and the police union survived a morning round of contract negotiations with neither side declaring impasse. That means the talks will remain open to the public for now. But the next round of talks is set for next Friday, Dec. 10. And the union president, Officer Daryl Turner, says the option remains to declare an impasse and ...   More
 
Friday, December 3, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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 for sergeant. The city ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Man Fatally Shot By Police Officer in East Portland (Updated: Victim Had a Fake Gun)


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UPDATE: The man shot by Portland police in the early morning hours today was wielding a replica gun similar to the one in the photo below, according to a news release this afternoon from the Police Bureau. The deceased man was identified as 45-year-old Darryel Dwayne Ferguson, a resident of the apartment complex. Here's the latest from the news release: Officers arrived and went to the apartment ...   More
 
Friday, December 17, 2010 HANK STERN

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