Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

Some Rural Areas Take Law and Order Approach To Homelessness

Chilly winds and hail don’t bother Buckshot Cunningham, who lived outside without a shelter for years until he came across this tiny house village in southern Oregon. “This is my umbrella,” he says as he shrugs on the hood of his coat, walking into a late January winter storm. Source: Some Rural Areas Take Law […]
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Ashland STOP numbers don’t add up

Ashland police Chief Tighe O’Meara presented some admittedly insufficient statistical data Tuesday on officer-initiated stops to City Council. The data is collected via a statewide initiative called STOP (Safety Transparency of Policing), which was passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2017 to gather details about who is being stopped by police and why. Source: Police […]
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Local law enforcement works together to keep Eastern Oregon safe

Umatilla and Morrow counties cover more than 5,000 square miles and, according to 2019 projections, are home to more than 90,000 people. Nearly a dozen law enforcement agencies are tasked with keeping them and the region safe, and no one department can do it alone. “It’s a reality of this kind of work in rural […]
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Oregon’s top judge asked about immigration arrests in courthouses

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents made arrests in or near 10 of Oregon’s 27 state circuit courts, according to state records obtained by Salem Reporter. The records, released under a public records request, shed light on the scope of ICE’s increased activity in Oregon courthouses, which has become a source of contention between state […]
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New Laws | New Portland Police Chief | Grants Pass Housing – OPB’s Think Out Loud

OPB political reporter Dirk Vanderhart joins us to talk about the new laws that went into effect on Jan. 1. We’ll also preview the upcoming 2020 short legislative session. The 13-member Portland Committee on Community Engaged Policing, or PCCEP, is leading the community oversight of the Portland Police Bureau’s settlement agreement with the federal government. More […]
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State lops 13 years off 20-year sentence after man convicted in murder-for-hire scheme questions conduct of cop who investigated him

An Oregon man who raised questions about the integrity of the police investigation that led to his prosecution won an unusual release from prison eight years into a 20-year sentence for hiring a hit man to kill an acquaintance. The state won’t say why it agreed to dramatically reduce Gary Tiffee’s sentence, but his appeal […]
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Oregon officers can no longer ask random questions during traffic stops. An attorney hopes more states will follow

When Mario Arreola-Botello was pulled over, he didn’t understand much of what the Oregon police officer was telling him. Botello, a Latino, non-native English speaker, was stopped for failing to signal a turn and a lane change, his attorney, Josh Crowther told CNN. Source: Oregon officers can no longer ask random questions during traffic stops. […]
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Appeals court throws out stalking order Chief Danielle Outlaw obtained against Portland cop watcher

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday threw out the stalking order that Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw obtained two years ago against Oregon cop watcher Eli Richey, finding insufficient evidence of repeated unwanted contact or violent threats. Source: Appeals court throws out stalking order Chief Danielle Outlaw obtained against Portland cop watcher – oregonlive.com

Accidental shootings by police show training gaps across the U.S., AP reports 

Accidental shootings by law enforcement across the U.S. have caused hundreds of injuries to officers, suspects and bystanders, and sometimes they’ve caused deaths. When an Iowa mother tried to take her child from her husband during an argument on a snowy sidewalk in 2015, an officer stepped in to stop the scuffle, but he accidentally […]
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Editorial: Police have problem telling hemp from marijuana

Law enforcement agencies in Oregon are key to keeping marijuana off the black market. That, in turn, is critically important in a state that’s made weed legal despite a federal ban on the drug. Now, thanks to the federal legalization of hemp, law enforcement’s job is harder than it used to be. Source: Editorial: Police […]
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