Tag Archives: Portland Police Bureau

Wheeler and the Jive-Talkers

The tidy, black girl didn’t look much older than 10. She was dressed in what looked like, at the time, the standard blue-and-white Catholic school uniform. She sat towards the front of a public transit bus as it made its way through Oakland, Calif. Given the late afternoon hours, she was probably headed home. She […]

Oh darn, please drop the gun

There has never been a better time in America to be a criminal. Police officers are under a magnifying glass. Everything they do is dissected and second-guessed. In Portland, Ore., cops on patrol now have backseat drivers – and they aren’t even in the car. They’re members of the various citizen watchdog groups, a couple […]

Held Hostage by the ‘Mentally Ill’

Dispatcher: “9-1-1. What is your emergency?” David Kif Davis: “My Jewish ancestry has been insulted. I’ve got PTSD, and somebody called me a skinhead. I want an apology.” Dispatcher: “9-1-1. What is your emergency?” Charles Johnson: “I just threw a cup of water in somebody’s face at a public hearing. It’s how I express my […]

A Cop Shop Under Siege

If a mentally ill man – armed with a weapon or just his fists, legs and deranged anger – had burst into the meeting hall where the Community Oversight Advisory Board recently gathered, there’s no doubt who would have been expected to deal with him. The police. Five Portland police officers are on the 20-member […]

A Gang of Police Reformers

While a teenage gunman shot three people at a street fair in Northeast Portland, less than a mile away a citizen oversight group was holding a town hall meeting on police reform. It turns out the 16-year-old shooter and members of the police reform group have something in common: They all want respect. The teenager […]

Streetcar to the Loony Bin

Nobody is flying over the cuckoo’s nest in Portland. Especially the police, who are caught between two special-needs groups. On one side is Portland’s homeless population, many of whom are mentally ill or on drugs. On the other side are the Portlanders who seek to be the envy of the rest of the world (or […]