Tag Archives: excessive force

Questions surround Chris Kalonji’s death by cop

Portland Tribune, Feb. 15, 2016 At the rain-and-tear-soaked funeral of 19-year-old Christopher Kalonji on Thursday, family and friends were able to gather and grieve the death of the 2014 Rex Putnam High School graduate. Not laid to rest, however, were … Continue reading

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Our opinion: Police accountability must start with new union contract

By Jenny Westberg and Jason Renaud, in Street Roots, Jan. 7, 2016 Former Mayor Sam Adams wanted Ron Frashour fired. So did the current mayor, Charlie Hales. So did former Chief of Police Michael Reese. So did the city attorney. … Continue reading

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Kathleen Saadat exits retirement, signs on with COCL

The Skanner, June 11, 2015 Kathleen Saadat has come out of retirement again – this time to oversee police reform. Now she’ll be serving on the Compliance Officer/Community Liaison team overseeing reforms required by The United States vs. City of … Continue reading

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Cops’ use of force: Why so few charges?

Oregon police officers are rarely held accountable for undue violence. Here are six possible reasons. by Jason Renaud and Jenny Westberg | Street Roots, June 9, 2015 Whenever police officers use lethal force, they well know there could be consequences, … Continue reading

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Federal lawsuit alleges Douglas County deputies, Tasers at fault in death of man, 26

Associated Press via OPB.org, March 4, 2015 The mother of a Southern Oregon man who died during an incident with law enforcement officers has sued the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, alleging deputies wrongfully fired stun guns. The federal lawsuit filed in … Continue reading

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Police brutality nets large jury awards; Portland taxpayers stuck with the bill

The Oregonian, Oct. 7, 2014 Portland jury awards Jason Cox $562,000 in police brutality case Jurors 9-3 found that Portland police committed battery against Jason Cox in a beating and tasing incident that was caught on video. A jury’s decision last … Continue reading

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What happened to Stephen McMilon

Stephen McMilon, 52, was shot and killed Sunday, August 24, 2014,  by Medford Police Officers Salvador Garcia and Stephen Meador.  This post represents, to the extent possible, all media reports, pictures, and video on the shooting. One dead in officer-involved … Continue reading

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Grand jury: Officer justified in shooting death of Nicholas Davis

Portland Tribune, July 3, 2014 A Multnomah County grand jury has determined that the June 12 Portland police shooting of 23-year-old transient who attacked an officer with a crowbar was justified. The grand jury returned a decision clearing police in … Continue reading

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