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

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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?


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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

Updated: Adams Wants to Fight State Board's Order to Reinstate Frashour

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Issuing a cease-and-desist order, the state Employee Relations Board has given Mayor Sam Adams 30 days to re-hire Portland Police Officer Ronald Frashour, who fatally shot unarmed 25-year-old Aaron Campbell in the back in 2010.The board's ruling says that the City of Portland violated the Collective Bargaining Act, and that it owes Frashour back pay with nine percent interest. Adams has refused to ...   More
 
Monday, September 24, 2012 AARON MESH

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

Inside the DOJ Report

Five Cases in Which the Portland Police Violated the Constitutional Rights of Mentally Ill Citizens

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The US Department of Justice's findings that the Portland Police Bureau has practiced a pattern of violating the constitutional rights of mentally ill citizens are based on a review of more than 700 incidents in the last 18 months.The DOJ report specifically points to five cases—including officers hitting people with Tasers, punching them, using pepper spray and bean bag guns—that occurred despite ...   More
 
Thursday, September 13, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

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

It's Almost Guns-For-Gift-Cards Time Again

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The city of Portland and the Ceasefire Oregon Foundation are beginning to publicize this year's annual gun turn-in event, August 18, from 10am-2pm in the north Benton parking lot at Memorial Coliseum.Last year's annual event had lackluster results. As the Portland Tribune reported at the time, private gun buyers crashed the event, holding signs that advertised $50-$200 cash for guns.This year, organizers ...   More
 
Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Corey Pein

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