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Clackamas Deputy Involved in Car Crash that Kills Two

On his way to give back up assistance at what turned out to be a false alarm, Gordon Haag, a Clackamas County sheriff's deputy, crashed his patrol car into a car carrying three Milwaukie women.

Two women died in the accident, and the driver of the car, Mildred Majors, suffered a broken leg. Haag also suffered a broken leg. Witnesses report that Haag did not appear to be driving abnormally fast and was sounding his sirens--but only at intersections (Oregonian, June 20).

The Sheriff's office does not expect to bring in any outside agencies to investigate the accident. They will use their own investigators to reconstruct the scene to get a better idea of what speed both cars were traveling at the time of the accident.

Clackams County has since considered changing their rules for emergency police responses. Like in Tacoma and Los Angeles, deputies will not be able to respond to emergency calls without both lights and sirens (Oregonian, June 28).

Clackamas County Deputy Charged with sexual Abuse

Michael Plozke, 53, a Clackamas County sheriff's deputy, who was voted 1994 Officer of the Year, was arrested and indicted with 15 counts of sexual abuse of an adolescent. These incidents took place while Plozke was off-duty.

Plozke was booked in jail but was later let go on his own recognizance. Plozke is currently enjoying paid administrative leave while the case is being resolved (Oregonian, July 20).

Washington Deputies Shoot Man Who Has Shotgun

Washington County Deputies shot 57 year old William John Phillips to death after he allegedly ran out of his apartment with a shotgun. No one else was injured despite an atmosphere that neighbors claim "sounded like a war zone."

There were as many as 15 members of the county's tactical negotiations team, 10 uniformed deputies, and five hostage negotiators called to respond to the dispatch "that a despondent man was in his apartment with other people and at least one gun." It is not known whether he was holding people against their will.

It is reported that Phillips allegedly shot first and police responded. Currently the Washington County District Attorney's Office is investigating to determine how many shots were fired, how many shots hit Phillips, and whether the shooting was justified (Oregonian, April 16).

  [People's Police Report]

August, 1999
Also in PPR #18

Chief Moose Cuts Loose, Leaves Mixed Legacy
 • Mayor Asks "What Do You Want in a Chief?"
PPB Shoots at 4; Dow's Killers Awarded
  • Police Lament "Hero" Killer Cops Treated Badly
Eugene Cops Turn Rally into Melee
Oregon Looks at "Driving While Black"
Salem Gets Organized
Review Board Loses Staff Person, Stalls
Two Copwatchers Undergo Mediation w/Police
Deputy Fun Facts (Clackamas, Washington)
Pepper Spray: "Safety," Pain, Death & Lawsuits
Quick Flashes PPR #18:
 • Two Portland Officers Fired for Lying
 • City Ignoring Youth Self-determination
 • Supreme Court OKs Search and Seizure of Passengers
 • Police Snitch Program Draws Heat
 • Tardy Cop Breaks Law
 • Police Cheat on Overtime
 • Iraq Protestors Free, Challenge "Lawful Dispersal" Rule

Updates PPR #18:
 • Gambling West Linn Chief Pleads Guilty
 • Gold Hill Chief Convicted
 • Bend Family Sues
 • Shooter Ex-Cop Strikes Again
 • Police Volunteer Indicted
 • "Grow Light" Store Busted After Filing Suit
 • NYPD Cops Indicted in Diallo Shooting
 • NYPD Officer Admits Sodomizing Louima
 • Millions March for Mumia
 • Copwatch and CUSPR: Organizing for Accountability

Rapping Back #18

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