Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

Facebook wins court battle over law enforcement access to encrypted phone calls

The ruling is a setback to the Justice Department and a victory for tech firms. A federal judge in California ruled this month that the government cannot force Facebook to break the encryption on its popular Messenger voice app in a criminal case in which agents wanted to intercept a suspect’s conversations, according to several […]
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FBI: In Oregon, violent crime rose in 2017

In Bend, mental health calls decline. Violent and property crimes decreased slightly nationwide in 2017 after two years of increases, according to new federal crime data released Monday. There were an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes reported to the FBI in 2017, a decrease of 0.2 percent over 2016. In Oregon, however, violent crime rose in […]
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What happens to police departments that collect more fines? They solve fewer crimes.

That’s a recipe for mistrust, resentment — and still more unsolved crimes. Alongside the Black Lives Matter movement in the past several years, civil rights advocates have begun pointing out that the way municipalities collect fees and fines often disproportionately affects low-income communities of color, especially when those communities aren’t well represented in local governments. Source: What happens to […]
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2 Portland State University Officers Cleared In Jason Washington Shooting

A grand jury has decided not to criminally charge two Portland State University campus police officers implicated in the first officer-involved shooting at the university. Source: 2 Portland State University Officers Cleared In Jason Washington Shooting . News | OPB

More cells will mean less crime

Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler and his staff deserve credit for squeezing in every last possible cell space in the county’s jail, boosting the inmate population by nearly two dozen at night. But he knows, and so should we all, that it’s not enough. He also seems to know that the trial balloon of building […]
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Fighting domestic violence may require violating alleged abusers’ rights

Requiring certain alleged abusers to wear ankle monitors could save lives. In the United States, about one in three women in intimate relationships experiences abuse, including rape, battery, intimidation and stalking. But those who report domestic violence to authorities or attempt to leave their abusers are at risk of experiencing harassment and separation assault, which can sometimes be […]
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Editorial: Police reports are not exempt from disclosure

The Woodburn Independent, a weekly newspaper in a community about the size of Redmond near Salem, scored a victory in the Oregon Court of Appeals Thursday. The paper sought arrest records from city police, and after the request was denied, lost both in the district attorney’s office and Marion County Circuit Court. Wrong, said the appeals court. […]
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New crime lab being built in Pendleton

Oregon State Police building $1.25 million facility with expanded services. The fight to keep the Oregon State Police crime lab in Pendleton is over. Fortis Constriction Inc. of Portland began foundation work of the new lab at 612 Airport Road, directly south of the local state police command. The city of Pendleton on Aug. 31 […]
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New Warrenton detective thrown ‘into the fire’ on first day

First detective in the city since 2016. Detective Tyler Johnston expected a slow first day at his new post, just a few hours of training and some face-to-face meetings. But a fatal police shooting in Seaside forced him to nix those plans. Source: The Daily Astorian

‘Flight mode’: Hit-and-runs are rising across the country

One Wednesday this month, when a sports car broke down, another car crashed into it and fled on the Washington, D.C., area’s Capital Beltway. Christian Guerreiro died at the scene. About 370 miles away in North Carolina, police announced they were offering $25,000 to anyone who could identify the driver who killed bicyclist Jeffrey Masingill. […]
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