Lawsuit: Portland Cops Tased Man, Made Woman Stand in Her Underwear

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A Portland couple has filed suit against the Portland Police Bureau, saying five officers unlawfully entered their apartment while they were sleeping, Tased the man and forced the woman to stand in her underwear during a search.The suit says that on Aug. 17, 2011, Sarah Lynn Hill and Brett Lopez had an argument in their apartment, but there was no physical violence. A neighbor heard pounding and shouting ...   More
Thursday, January 3, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

CenturyLink Sues to Stop Portland Phone Tax


CenturyLink is asking a judge to decide whether Portland’s new tax—intended to raise up to $5 million to pay for police reforms—is legal, and its asking to stop the tax until the question is answered.The Portland City Council, under the legal gun itself by the U.S. Department of Justice, passed increased taxes on CenturyLink and Frontier Communications on Nov. 28. As of Jan. 1, the companies ...   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The First 30 Seconds

The city hopes to shield the mentally ill from excessive force by putting the right cop on the scene.

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It’s an otherwise slow Monday night, but Officer Casey Hettman is tense. He and two other Portland police officers move through...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

What Legal Weed in Washington Means to Portlanders

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Not to be outdone by the hilarious Seattle Police Department's guide to getting high now that weed is legal up there, the Portland Police Bureau issued its own (less hilarious) FAQ this afternoon.The long and short of it: Marijuana is still illegal here. Cops don't care (that) much about less than an ounce of weed. Don't drive stoned. Don't bike stoned, because you can still get a DUII.The best way ...   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Zach Randolph Says Portland Police Don't Understand "Young, Black Urban Kids"


The online sports magazine Grantland is making a habit of finding former Trail Blazers to tell stories about how miserable they were in Portland. In May, the ESPN-owned long-form journalism site revealed that former Blazers center Greg Oden “pretty much became an alcoholic” during his time here. Now writer Jonathan Abrams talks to Memphis Grizzlies power forward and iconic Jail Blazer Zach Randolph, ...   More
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 AARON MESH

Counting Cops

Police staffing levels will come under scrutiny as Charlie Hales pushes reforms.

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Mayor-elect Charlie Hales will be returning to City Hall in January with big plans to reform the Portland Police Bureau.    More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 TROY BRYNELSON

Portland Rehires Officer Frashour, Who's On Paid Leave While City Fights His Reinstatement

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In a short statement released late this afternoon, Mayor Sam Adams says that the city has reinstated fired police officer Ron Frashour—and now has him on paid administrative leave.The move comes following a ruling by the state Employment Relations Board ordering Portland to rehire Frashour—who was fired after he shot and killed unarmed 25-year-old Aaron Campbell in the back in 2010. The city must ...   More
Friday, October 19, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland Police to Reinstate Mental Health Team

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As the city continues its negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice, Police Chief Mike Reese announced today the city will reinstate a Crisis Intervention Team to deal with Portland's mentally ill.The changes follow last month's damning report finding that the Portland Police Bureau has a "pattern and practice" of using excessive force against those in mental health crisis. Portland must give ...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Police Chief Mike Reese Finishes Strong In One Portland Race


He may have abandoned plans to run for mayor this year, but Portland Police Chief Mike Reese was among the throngs of Portland Marathon finishers at Southwest Salmon Street on Sunday.Portland's top cop posted a respectable time, too: 4 hours and 11 minutes, or an average pace of 9 minute 35 second miles. No word if that's a personal best, but Reese, 55, did place 58 out of 194 men registered in his ...   More
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

One Question: Should the City End the 48-Hour Waiting Period for Police Involved in Shootings?

The city’s labor contract with police allows officers involved in a shooting or in-custody death to decline to talk to bureau investigators for 48 hours while they confer with union lawyers. O   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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