People's Police Report
Shootings & deaths
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Top 25 Settlements:
|Name||Amount||Date settled||Incident date||Brief notes|
|William Monroe*-2||$2,300,000.00||6/5/13||6/30/11||Use of force (live rounds/less lethal gun)|
|Family of Quanice Hayes*-2||$2,095,081.00||3/10/21||2/9/17||Shooting (died)|
|Family of James Chasse, Jr||$1,600,000.00||7/28/10||9/17/06||Use of force (beating led to death)|
|Family of Aaron Campbell||$1,200,000.00||2/1/12||1/29/10||Shooting (died)|
|Family of Lane Martin*-2||$975,000.00||9/9/20||7/30/19||Shooting (died)|
|Protestors August 2002 & May 2003||$845,000.00||12/1/04||8/22/02||Use of force (pepper spray)|
|Family of Terrell Johnson*-2||$600,000.00||7/21/21||5/10/17||Shooting (died)|
|Family of Damon Lowery||$600,000.00||6/25/05||12/5/99||Use of force (leading to death)|
|9/29/14||6/28/11||Use of force|
|Family of Raymond Gwerder||$500,000.00||11/14/07||11/4/05||Shooting (died)|
|Kyle Odell*-3||$400,000.00||3/9/22||1/18/20||Car crash injury (was in police car)|
|Barbara & Ted Vickers, Estate of Dickie Dow||$380,000.00||3/27/02||10/19/98||Wrongful death/Dickie Dow|
|Family of James Jahar Perez||$350,359.00||9/3/08||3/28/04||Shooting (died)|
|Daniel Thomas*-4||$311,000.00||3/14/08 & 9/28/04||7/11/03||Use of force|
|7/24/13||11/13/10||Use of force|
|3/14/12||6/17/08||Use of force (Taser)|
|Edward Gathright*-3||$211,006.58||?-unknown||5/13/01||First Amendment violation|
|Bruce Browne||$200,895.00||4/1/03||7/11/01||Shooting (lived)|
|Family of Dennis Young||$200,000.00||10/8/08||1/4/06||Shooting (died)|
|Maria-Janeth Rodriguez-Sanchez||$177,161.41||12/2/05 & 8/3/05||4/8/03||Use of force|
|Harold Hammick, Ri'Chard Booth & Alex Clay||$175,000.00
|9/23/09||3/17/07||Mistreatment (pointing guns and more)|
|Family of Peter Gilbaugh||$150,000.00||10/1/02||12/31/98||Shooting (died)|
|Barbara Weich||$150,000.00||1/2/08||5/29/05||Use of force (broken arm)|
|Eunice Crowder||$145,000.00||4/23/04||6/9/03||Use of force (including Taser)|
|Chaz Miller||$133,926.06||6/21/06||4/21/03||Use of Force/wrong person arrested|
In late 2020, a Portlander was also good enough to share 10 years' worth of claims from a public records request, which show over 200 cases adding up to nearly $222,000 with amounts mostly under $5000. The significance? That's the threshold to send a case to Council for a vote. Many of the cases are for things like breaking (or running into) fences, hitting the wrong car's tires with spike strips, and other lost and damaged property. PCW contends that most of these incidents would still occur-- and still cost the City money-- even if officers wore body cameras.
An additional $4,516,390.50 was paid out in ten negligence cases where police inaction led to disastrous results; PCW counts these separately from the active misconduct cases.
Moreover, from 2020-2022 we reviewed City Council and other records showing that from 2013-2022 the City paid out at least $1,766,540,48 for 47 officer-related auto accidents, an average cost of $37,585,97 per crash.
When we compared the average annual totals for misconduct incidents between 1993 and 2001 ($382,000) and from 2002-June 2011 ($636,000), it revealed that the advent of Portland's "Independent" Police Review (IPR) in 2002 has done little to slow the lawsuits or the misconduct that generates them, and in fact it may be that more people are turning to the courts rather than using the civilian complaint system (see People's Police Report #44, May 2008).
--Some of the amounts shown include the City's legal expenses, making them appear higher than the settlements alone. But since this expense comes back to you, the taxpayer, we feel all expenses should be included when known. For example, the case involving protestors harmed at actions in 2002 and 2003 includes attorney fees.
--To be absolutely clear, the City is self-insured through the office of Risk Management, but settlements/awards of over $1 million are paid by an external insurance company.
*2-**-info or settlement/judgment added in 2020 or 2021.
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*3-new info or new settlement/judgment since top 25 list of September 2021.
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*4-Daniel Thomas' case ended with a judgment in March, 2008 of $100,000,
but the city closed out his original claim with $91,746.53 in city legal expenses.
The total reported payout including attorney's fees was $311,000 (Oregonian, 12/10/09)
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We use the term "settlement" loosely to cover settlements, judgments, jury awards and other
payouts by the city
to cover the costs of police misconduct.
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Last updated October 31, 2022