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More Promotions for Questionable Cops; Few for People of Color

On July 9, the Police Bureau welcomed 11 new hires, including four people of color, and promoted 17 others. While one person promoted was African American Sergeant (now Lieutenant) Paul Weatheroy, no other people of color were moved up in the ranks.

Oregonian Headline Meanwhile, one cop promoted to Lieutenant was Terry Kruger, who shot Deontae Keller, a 20 year old African American man, in the back in 1996 (PPR #9) and Ronald Riebling, a man who was armed with an umbrella, in 2005 (PPR #35). James Darby, one of the officers responsible for beating Dickie Dow to death in 1998 (PPR #16) was promoted to Sergeant. Donna Henderson, who was Commander of the Transit Division when James Chasse was beaten to death (PPR #40), but who the upper management shielded from internal inquiries despite her encouraging the Division to take no prisoners, must have been demoted at some point as she was again promoted to Commander (PPR #51).

The command staff lacks diversity, and these promotions do little to change that. In addition, we'd hope that promotions would include less controversial choices in the future... weren't the promotions of "million dollar man" Leo Besner and Nazi role-player Mark Kruger (PPR #52) enough?

  People's Police Report

September, 2012
Also in PPR #57

Portland Police Shoot Several,
  Chasse Discipline Overturned

  • Other Shootings in Oregon
Excessive Force on May Day 2012
Serious Complaint Uninvestigated
Shooting Report Confirms Concerns
IPR Report Shares Little
New Cameras Monitor Citizens
Homeless Still Targeted
Promotions for Questionable Cops
Candidates on Police Accountability
Stops Data Show Police Bias
  • Taser Lawsuits
  • Gun Exclusions Disproportionate
  • Drug Exclusions Also Disproportionate

Quick Flashes
  • FBI Raids Activists Homes
  • Man in Mental Health Crisis Beaten, Tased
  • Whistle Blower Demoted, Sues
  • Cops Still For Sale In Portland
  • DOJ Says Copwatching Protected Speech
  • Skateboards, PPB Video, Sheriff Guilty

Rapping Back #57

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Portland, OR 97242
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e-mail: copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org

Portland Copwatch is a grassroots, volunteer organization promoting police accountability through citizen action.

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