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Portland Police Audit

May 31, 2012 4:06 p.m.

The City Auditor has released an external review of Portland Police activities around seven officer-involved shootings between 2004 and 2010. The report details what happened in each case, summarizes similarities, and offers 13 recommendations. Several of the recommendations are: 

  • The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) should maintain its partnership with Project Respond and make the Mobile Crisis Unit a permanent team, ideally with expanded personnel, hours, and scope.
  • PPB should reexamine its current policy on Taser use in light of current research indicating the elevated dangers of prolonged Taser use.
  • PPB should consider ways in which it can integrate its Critical Incident Management training curriculum into training opportunities for patrol officers.

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Portland Police Oversight: Kathleen Saadat

June 22, 2015 7:19 p.m.

Kathleen Saadat has taken the place of Paul DeMuniz on the Compliance Officer/Community Liaison team which will oversee mandated reforms of the Portland Police Department. 

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Update on Recent Portland Police Shootings

March 7, 2013 8:06 p.m.

On Monday night, Portland police officers fatally shot a man who fired a shotgun at them in an empty parking garage. The 32-year-old man, Santiago Cisneros III, was a veteran who may have been suffering from PTSD. Just two days later, a grand jury ruled on another recent shooting. The jury found that Portland officers were justified in using deadly force against Merle Hatch at Adventist Medical Center on February 17. Hatch appeared to be armed and can be seen on a cell phone video taunting the officers. It was later revealed that he did not have a weapon.

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Portland Police Chief Mike Reese Announces Retirement

Oct. 7, 2014 7:35 p.m.

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese will retire in early 2015.

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Portland Police Responding To Gun Violence

June 5, 2015 3:37 p.m.

Portland police say they're putting more resources toward responding to the recent increase in gun violence and gang-related activity.

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Portland Police Chief Job Changes Hands

Jan. 2, 2015 8:06 p.m.

We'll talk with the outgoing and incoming chiefs of the Portland Police Bureau: Mike Reese and Larry O'Dea.

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How Do Portland Police Address Human Trafficking?

March 31, 2014 7:20 p.m.

On Friday's show, Former President Jimmy Carter said that police are often complicit with prostitution. We'll get a response from Portland Police.

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Changes at the Portland Police Bureau

Oct. 19, 2012 7:06 p.m.

About a month ago, the U.S. Department of Justice released a report of an investigation that found Portland police have engaged in a pattern of excessive force, especially against people with mental illness. This week, the police bureau responded to the DOJ findings by announcing it will reinstate the Crisis Intervention Team — a dedicated team of officers specially trained to respond to someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

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Homeless Man Shot to Death by Portland Police

March 24, 2010 4 p.m.

A homeless man was shot to death by a Portland Police officer on Monday afternoon. Now the details are starting to come out and the community is reacting to what is now the second shooting by Portland Police this year. Here's what we know right now: Portland Police were called when a transient man was harassing and threatening people at Hoyt Arboretum in Washington Park. When the officer arrived the man came out of the bathroom with a significant amount of blood on him and with self-inflicted cuts on his neck. The state medical examiner says this suggests he may have been trying to kill himself. He came out of the bathroom holding a knife, which Chief Rosie Sizer described at a press conference as a razor-like knife similar to an X-Acto knife with a six-inch handle. Sizer said that the police officer, Jason Walters, retreated and asked him to drop the knife. And she said that when the man continued to advance, and didn't drop the knife, Walters shot him four times. The man bled to death at the scene. [Note: this paragraph has been edited to reflect this comment by Jrenaud.]

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Portland Police Accountability Changes | Standing Rock Protest | Les Zaitz Retires

Sept. 9, 2016 9 p.m.

Portland may change its police accountability process. We talk to an Oregonian protesting in North Dakota. And investigative reporter Les Zaitz looks back on his prestigious career.

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Portland Police Arrest Homeless Protesters

May 12, 2008 12:11 p.m.

Over the weekend,  Portland police arrested a handful of people taking part in a round-the-clock homeless protest near city hall.

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Audit Faults Portland Police Training

March 3, 2015 11:17 p.m.

The team that trains Portland's 900 police officers has been under scrutiny since the Department of Justice found a pattern of excessive force against the mentally ill. A new audit suggests the training division isn’t repeating key lessons often enough.

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Portland Police Shoot Homicide Suspect

May 15, 2008 9:06 a.m.

Portland police responding to a homicide call shot and killed an armed man Tuesday evening in northeast Portland.

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Fallen Portland Police Officers Remembered

May 15, 2012 12:32 p.m.

Police Departments around Oregon are observing fallen officers this month. A ceremony in Portland marks the sacrifices of officers in the city's past.

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Portland Police Investigating Double Shooting

Feb. 22, 2012 7:39 a.m.

Portland police are investigating the shooting of two homeless men who were shot while they slept.

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Portland Police Shoot Suspected Burglar

March 23, 2015 4:28 p.m.

Portland Police are asking for information about a burglary that turned into an officer-involved shooting Sunday.

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Portland Police Investigate SE Shooting

Dec. 15, 2011 6:55 a.m.

Portland police are investigating a shooting and hit-and-run in Southeast Portland.

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Jailed Portland Police Officer Resigns

Aug. 5, 2009 11:08 a.m.

Officer Joseph Wild is no longer on the Portland Police payroll Wednesday. He’s resigned in the face of more than 100 counts of sexual harassment.

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Volunteers Needed To Oversee Portland Police

Dec. 18, 2014 10:56 p.m.

The 15 volunteers will help make sure that Portland police comply with a U.S. Department of Justice Settlement.

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Portland Police Union Head Meets With Demonstrators

Dec. 24, 2014 1 a.m.

A Tuesday protest by Don’t Shoot PDX outside the Portland Police Association’s headquarters turned into a conversation.

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