City Hall: Fritz and Saltzman to Push New Recommendations For Police Dealing With Mentally Ill

Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Dan Saltzman will present a new report, possibly as soon as April 7, outlining proposed changes to Portland Police Bureau policy on responding to incidents with mentally ill Portlanders. The work of drafting the recommendations, which will include a pilot program for pairing cops with social workers on service calls that involve people in mental-health crisis, predates ...   More
Thursday, March 25, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Cop Targeted by Wanted Poster

Three days after police fatally shot a man in the Hoyt Arboretum, there are signs — literally — that tension between cops and citizens continues to build. This is the top half of a poster found last night pasted to a Portland Tribune newspaper box on Southeast Division Street. Here's the bottom half of the poster, including references to the fatal shooting of Aaron Campbell and ...   More
Thursday, March 25, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

On the Record: The Sad Life of Jackie Collins, the Man Shot at Hoyt Arboretum

Portland police this morning identified the man shot Monday afternoon in Hoyt Arboretum as 58-year-old Jack Dale Collins. He also used the first name of Jackie. A search of the state court database reveals a snapshot of a man who appears to have been caught in a long cycle of alcoholism and homelessness. Collins' first arrest in Oregon appears to have been in 1993, when he was charged with ...   More
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Police Bureau Backs Down: Sizer Accepts Citizen Findings on Campbell Cop's Taser Case

Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer has reversed course and says the police bureau will accept a citizen panel's findings that the officer who fatally shot Aaron Campbell wrongly fired his Taser in an earlier case. In a brief letter (PDF) sent Tuesday to the city's Independent Police Review Division, Sizer says the bureau accepts three findings by the citizen committee. Among the three findings ...   More
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Police Report a Peaceful Ending

Battered by public outcry over two shooting deaths this year, Portland police are characterizing a recent call as a potentially violent encounter that cops successfully defused. The case, as described in a police news release Saturday, is markedly similar to the circumstances when the cops fatally shot Aaron Campbell on Jan. 29. Campbell was reported armed and suicidal, and possibly a danger ...   More
Monday, April 26, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Feds to Wyden: FBI to Investigate Aaron Campbell Shooting

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today received word that the FBI is on the case in the Jan. 29 fatal shooting of Aaron Campbell by Portland police. Campbell was unarmed when he was shot in the back outside a Northeast Portland apartment. U.S. Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich assures Wyden in a letter (PDF) dated April 12 that the FBI has been asked to open an investigation. He says the results ...   More
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Listen to the Tape: Westerman Road Rage Victim's Call To Police

Portland police have released a recording of Virginia Thompson's phone call to the police bureau the day after her Jan. 28 road-rage encounter with Sgt. Scott Westerman, head of the police union. Contrary to statements attributed to Thompson in a Washington County Sheriff's Office memo obtained by WW, it appears the Portland officer who answered Thompson's call was responsive to her complaint ...   More
Thursday, April 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Adams and Reese Debut: Details Still Sketchy on Cop Shooting

Mayor (and newly minted Police Commissioner) Sam Adams joined today with his new police chief, Mike Reese to discuss last night's fatal police shooting in a press conference that took place less than 24 hours after Adams had introduced Reese yesterday as the new chief. There are still many unknowns in that shooting — the third fatal police shooting in 2010. According to the cops, at ...   More
Thursday, May 13, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Update on Last Week's Shooting: Cops Say Officer Shot by Suspect

The Portland Police Bureau put out a news release this afternoon that addresses one question raised about last week's police shooting. The question came yesterday from Rev. LeRoy Haynes at an Albina Ministerial Alliance news conference: Was the 25-year-old man killed by police, Keaton Otis, the person who shot Officer Christopher Burley twice in the legs? A video of the May 12 incident reveals ...   More
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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