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Video of Cops Punching, Tasering Man Prove Police Reports Wrong

Attorneys Greg and Jason Kafoury released surveillance video showing 37 year old Jason Cox being punched and zapped with a Taser by Portland Police after a traffic stop, in an incident in which the officers said their force was justified due to Cox's "resistance." However, the video makes clear Cox was not resisting the cops, and their testimony­ which was good enough to get them exonerated for wrongdoing by an Internal Affairs investigation­ was at best an exaggeration. On Cox's behalf, the Kafourys are suing the city and Officers Jeffrey Elias (#29338), Robert Bruders (#45977, puncher) and Sarah Kerwin (#48163, taserer) for $545,000 (Willamette Week, April 10). On April 17, Council considered appealing a previous ($306,000) jury award to the Kafourys, arguing police had the right to arrest Gallagher Smith when he wouldn't move from the sidewalk in front of a nightclub (PPR #58--in which we misidentified Smith's alleged crime as "jaywalking").

Another Month, Another Possible Portland Pervo-Cop

Not long after the scandal of Lt. Todd Wyatt simmered (article), another Portland officer found himself under scrutiny for misconduct involving a fellow female employee. In February, Sgt. Dan Liu was removed from the Bureau's child abuse unit while an investigation was conducted into unspecified allegations. The implication of the Oregonian's brief March 16 piece: another pervo-cop.

...And County PervoCop Faces Lawsuit

Meanwhile, Eddie James Miller, the Multnomah County Deputy who was arrested for sexual misconduct with an inmate (PPR #56) is now facing a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former jail employee who says Miller tried to kiss and touch her. She also said that management destroyed her formal complaints, adding to her anxiety. The County and a private contractor are also named in the suit (Oregonian, January 29).

Cop Reinstated Despite Drug, DUI Charges

In December, an arbitrator overturned Chief Reese's firing of Officer Scott Dunick (#26973) despite the fact that he admitted to smoking marijuana (prohibited by Bureau rules), drove drunk, and gave a prescription pill to another officer for her use. The arbitrator ordered Dunick reinstated because of mistakes made in the Bureau's handling of the case, including losing urinalysis results, having him take a drug test while he was technically on medical leave, and writing that his meds were not prescribed, even though they were (Oregonian, February 12).

  People's Police Report

May, 2013
Also in PPR #59

Police Shoot Two More People
  In Mental Health Crisis

Community Given Seat At Table
  As DOJ Agreement Moves Forward

Other Shootings in Oregon
FBI Entrapped Teen Convicted
CRC Reviews Three Cases
Second Terrorism Report Falls Short
Developments Favor Copwatchers
PPB Director Resigns After Scandal
CPRC Gets into the Community
Reckless Cop Costs City $61,000
Not Shaking Hands With Cops
Exclusive PPB Training Meetings
  • Pervocop Demoted
  • More Buisness Alliance Vs. Homeless
  • Community Action Causes Sheriff to Change
Quick Flashes
  • Video Proves Police Reports Wrong
  • PPB Officer Accused of Harrasment
  • Deputy Sued for Harrassment
  • Cop Reinstated on Technicality
Rapping Back #59

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