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We're wrapping up the news of the week a day early this time around. As always, our news roundtable is our chance to chat about the week's news with a panel of journalists, editors and news watchers. This week, our discussion topics include: The Oregon legislature ending its session Monday with the usual flurry of bills A new report that says Portland police have more lesons to learn from fatal shootings Cover Oregon begins its rollout
Segmentarticle - July 11, 2013
Editor's Note: This show was broadcast live on OPB Plus as well as OPB Radio. It's Friday, so it's time for the news roundtable, our chance to review the big news of the week with a panel of journalists, editors and news watchers. This week, our discussion topics include: The latest in the Jeff Cogen imbroglio Representative Dennis Richardson's announcement that he will run for governor The evacuation (and return) of the campers in front of Portland City Hall (and the bigger issue of how to address homelessness in Portland) Watch the full conversation below:
Segmentarticle - July 26, 2013
A case decided by the Oregon Court of Appeals this week expands the ability for law enforcement to search vehicles without a warrant. The case involves Jerry Finlay, a Silverton man who was involved in a drug sting. On April 13, 2011, Finlay parked his truck and trailer at a restaurant where he planned to meet a buyer, who was actually an undercover police informant. He went inside the restaurant briefly, then police arrested Finlay when he returned to the parking lot. Police found no drugs on the Finlay, but searched his truck and trailer and found methamphetamine in the trailer. Finlay's lawyers tried to suppress the evidence found in the trailer, and the trial court granted that motion, so the evidence of the drugs was never introduced. In certain cases, automobile searches are excepted from the need to provide a warrant, and the trial judge decided that Finlay's case didn't fall within the exception. But the appeals court disagreed (pdf). Finlay's lawyers argued police would have to have lawfully stopped him while he was driving, but the appeals court said a search of his parked truck and trailer was legal.
Segmentarticle - July 30, 2013
Segmentarticle - Sept. 12, 2013
It's Friday, so it's time for the news roundtable, our chance to review the big news of the week with a panel of journalists, editors and news watchers. This week, our discussion topics include: The police killings in Egypt, and the U.S. response. The Rose Garden getting a corporate rebranding. The election of Art Robinson as the new chair of the Oregon Republican Party.
Segmentarticle - Aug. 16, 2013
The unrest in Egypt, which some people call a new revolution, most call a coup and the rest see as just a violent mess, is an up-close, right-around-the-block experience for Erica Aisha Charves. The Portland State University alumna moved to Egypt a year ago with her Egyptian husband, living in a neighborhood just minutes from Tahrir Square and Rabaa al-Abawiya, where thousands of supporters of the deposed president had camped for weeks. On a trip to get cat food at the only nearby store that carries it, Charves and her husband had to pass through the Rabaa al-Abawiya protest. They were frisked by Muslim Brotherhood security in and out. Then they returned home to watch TV into the night, expecting, like many Egyptians, for the army and police to break up the protest at any moment. That finally happened two days ago, in the early morning, and the death toll has rocked the region and altered Egypt and the United State's relationship. A 7 p.m. curfew has been imposed, but Charves's neighborhood is mostly ignoring it. On Thursday night, mourners for a funeral were heading to a wake and two evening weddings were getting set up. Blocks away, Charves said, tanks and other military vehicles remained, stationed where they'd been since the military ousted Morsi almost six weeks ago.
Segmentarticle - Aug. 16, 2013
Before Amanda Marshall became U.S. Attorney for the state of Oregon, she spent ten years as a state Assistant Attorney General tackling child advocacy issues. She's brought her experience in that job to her new position, taking on gangs and child prostitution as two of her biggest priorities. She spotted connections between pimps and gangs, so she added two prosecutors to the formerly one-man gang unit, and expanded its focus to combat both gangs and sex trafficking. Since then, the unit has filed three times as many indictments. But Marshall has been busy in other areas as well. She has requested that Portland Mayor Charlie Hales commit more resources to the Joint Terrorism Task Force. She filed a lawsuit against Gov. John Kitzhaber alleging the state was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by using sheltered workshops. Her office also sued the City of Portland for the Portland Police Bureau's excessive use of force against the mentally ill, following a federal report detailing the problem. The DOJ, city, and police union have employed mediation to try to agree on implimentation, but those talks have come to a standstill. Here's a few photos from the City Club event.
Segmentarticle - July 19, 2013
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Audio - March 4, 2014
Segmentarticle - March 4, 2014
Segmentarticle - Jan. 29, 2014
Oregon lawmakers are considering several different approaches to quell child sex trafficking in the state. Two identical bills (one in the House, one in the Senate) would increase sentences and fines for anyone caught soliciting sex from a minor. These bills seek to target pimps as well as johns. Sara Hunt is a survivor of the sex trafficking trade and she recently shared some of her experiences with Think Out Loud: I was actually recruited out of Lloyd Center. There's a lot of different recruiting areas in Portland, Lloyd Center being a huge one...If a 16-year-old runs away from home and she takes the bus out to 82nd, within 72 hours she will be picked up by a pimp. The scary thing about pimps is they are masterminds.
Segmentarticle - April 1, 2013
Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) wants more data on how police interact with citizens from different racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds. He's sponsoring a bill that would require the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to study racial and economic disparities in police encounters as well as hiring and recruitment of minorities in law enforcement. Frederick, who is African-American, has been stopped by police near his home in Portland and he says he's heard from constituents who have their own stories about uncomfortable interactions with cops.
Segmentarticle - April 10, 2013
It's Friday, and so it's time for another news roundtable, our chance to review the big news of the week with a panel of journalists, editors and news watchers. This week we are discussing: The tax plan Democrats put forth in the Oregon Legislature this week President Obama's budget plan Portland City Council's settlement agreement on cleanup of the Portland Harbor Superfund site A man suing the City of Portland over his encounter with police
Segmentarticle - April 12, 2013
When horrific events like the bombing at the Boston Marathon occur, Portland Police spokesman Pete Simpson says, it's natural for people to be on edge. He says the bureau's job is not only to reduce crime but also to reduce the fear of crime. Simpson says the reality is that these kinds of events are very unlikely. Yesterday in Portland, the Steel Bridge was shut down for more than an hour during rush hour so that authorities could investigate a suspicious package, which turned out to be harmless. And this morning, the Department of Revenue in Salem was briefly evacuated after a suspicious powder was found. We'll talk with Pete Simpson and social psychologist Deana Julka and take your calls about the reality and perception of safety in public spaces.
Segmentarticle - April 17, 2013
Ten Washington County law enforcement officers are on leave after they fired their weapons in response to a domestic disturbance in a Hillsboro police officer's home on Sunday. Jim Redden, a reporter at the Hillsboro Tribune, says he has not confirmed all the details of the incident, but it appears that the initial call to police indicated that there was a hostage situation underway. Hillsboro police officer Timothy Cannon's wife apparently made the 911 call, and she and Cannon's six-year-old daughter may have been in the house when the swat team showed up. One officer and Cannon were injured in the incident. Redden says by all accounts, the 13-year veteran was well-respected with no history of domestic abuse or other violence.
Segmentarticle - Jan. 22, 2013
Thursday marks the first day of the 36th Portland International Film Festival. Opening night features the Spanish silent film Blancanieves, an interpretation of the "Snow White" fairytale. The Festival also features the premiere of much-anticipated local film Alien Boy — a film about James Chasse, a young man with schizophrenia who was beaten by Portland Police and died in law enforcement custody. And, of course, there is a plethora (pdf) of foreign films to check out. We'll get recommendations on what films will be the best bets at PIFF.
Segmentarticle - Feb. 6, 2013
On Jan. 31, Baruti Artharee began his new job as public safety policy director at Portland City Hall. He will serve as Mayor Charlie Hale's liaison to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) — and other public safety organizations — and will advise the mayor on policy changes. Artharee grew up in Compton, California, where he had adverse encounters with law enforcement. When he first came to Portland in the mid-1970s, he protested several Portland police shootings of African Americans, and has since formally and informally consulted the PPB on matters of diversity. His professional experience, however, has not directly focused on law enforcement. He has run a diversity and cultural competency consulting firm, along with serving as director of Oregon's Department of Housing and Community Services, chairman of the Urban League of Portland, and executive director of the Portland Development Commission.
Segmentarticle - Feb. 6, 2013
Editor's Note: This show will be broadcast live on OPB Plus as well as OPB Radio. It will be rebroadcast at 8pm the same day on OPB TV and OPB Radio. It's Friday, and so it's time for another news roundtable, our chance to review the big news of the week with a panel of journalists, editors and news watchers.This week we are discussing: The recent officer-involved shooting at Portland Adventist Medical Center The latest on the Columbia River Crossing Problems at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation Oregon lawmakers' decision to back off gun control legislation Here's a clip of our guests discussing the Columbia River Crossing:
Segmentarticle - Feb. 22, 2013
James Chasse was not a name most people knew before he died — at least most people unfamiliar with the early punk rock scene in Portland. Chasse suffered from mental illness, but filmmaker Brian Lindstrom told me that his death in police custody did not reflect a failure of the mental health system. On the contrary, Chasse was in many ways a success story — at least, before his death. Rather, Lindstrom says, the tragedy involves failures on a bigger and more disturbing scale.
Segmentarticle - Feb. 20, 2013
A man was shot and killed by Portland Police Sunday night in the parking lot of Portland Adventist Medical Center. He has been identified as Merle Hatch, a fugitive who recently failed to report to a pre-release center in Colorado. Early reports noted that he had a gun; more recently, The Oregonian reported that he might have feigned having a gun. Police released more details about the incident late Wednesday. This is the first officer-involved shooting since Portland Mayor Charlie Hales took office in January.
Segmentarticle - Feb. 21, 2013
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.
Segmentarticle - March 7, 2013
After a decade as a Portland city commissioner, Randy Leonard will say goodbye to City Hall at the end of this year. Leonard served in both chambers of the Oregon Legislature before he was elected as a city commissioner. He started his career at the city in the fire bureau, where he worked his way up to a lieutenant. As a parting gift, the city is naming a fire station in his honor. Leonard has been in charge of the Portland Water Bureau since 2005. He's seen the bureau through a particularly tumultuous period, fighting against EPA regulations that would require the city to treat its water to guard against cryptosporidium. The next battle the bureau is facing is fluoridation, which Leonard voted for along with the rest of the council. Since opponents of fluoridation collected enough signatures to force a referendum vote, this is a fight that will continue after Leonard leaves office. Randy Leonard has certainly seen his share of controversy beyond the water bureau. From taping off prime Rose Parade-watching real estate to his clashes with former police chief Rosie Sizer, Leonard has shown he's not one to shy away from a confrontation. He's become known as a straight talker, which has probably made him as many friends as it has enemies.
Segmentarticle - Dec. 21, 2012
Sam Adams won a decisive victory as mayor in 2008 after serving as a city commissioner and, before that, as chief of staff to longtime Portland mayor Vera Katz. Rumors emerged during his campaign about a relationship with a young legislative intern named Beau Breedlove. Shortly after Adams took office, those rumors proved to be true. Despite the shadow the scandal cast over his early days in office, Adams has stayed true to his reputation as a policy wonk and has made some significant changes to the state's most populous city. He cut down on residential trash by instituting a citywide composting plan. He put Portland Police officers back on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Adams also helped create an arts tax, passed by voters in November. Each of these — and many more mayoral decisions — have been controversial in their own ways. Adams opted not to run for reelection this year. His last day in office will be December 31.
Segmentarticle - Dec. 18, 2012
Segmentarticle - Sept. 13, 2013