MINUTES: Police Internal Investigations Auditing
February 8, 2001
Citizen Advisors Present:, Denise Stone (Presiding); Ric Alexander;
Shirlie Karl; Leora Mahoney; Jose Martinez; Robert Wells; Les Frank; Tou Cha;
City Staff Present: LT Steve Bechard; IAD Sergeants; Michael Hess
(PIIAC Examiner); Gary Blackmer and Ken Gavett City Auditor’s Office
Media Present: Dan Handelman (Flying Focus Video)
This meeting opened at 6:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Portland City Hall.
PIIAC #00-27 (IAD #98-222)
Appellant was present. Advisor Denise Stone presented the case. Appellant’s
allegations were that Portland Police officers used excessive force in arresting
him following a car and foot pursuit; that officers hit him in the head and jaw
after restraining him; that an officer unnecessarily sprayed him with pepper
mace after he was handcuffed; that an officer pulled him up by his hair and
attempted to knee him in the testicles; that an officer videotaped the incident.
The complaint was categorized as Use of Force. After the appellant presented his
version of the events, Lieutenant Bechard of IAD made a presentation to the
Advisors in which he challenged the accuracy of some of the statements made by
Ms. Stone in her report. After discussion among the advisors, Ms. Stone made a
motion to recommend changing the excessive use of force finding from Exonerated
to Insufficient Evidence with Debriefing. The motion was seconded by Ms. Karl
and passed by a majority vote as follows: Yes = 5 (Mr. Alexander, Mr. Sobomehin,
Mr. Tou Cha, Ms. Stone, and Ms. Karl). No = 3 (Mr. Frank, Ms. Mahoney, Mr.
Wells). There was one abstention (Mr. Martinez). Dr. Hess informed the appellant
that the recommendation of the advisors would be presented to the City Council
for their approval. The appellant agreed to appear before the City Council at a
PIIAC #00-28 (IAD #99-114)
The appellant chose not to be present. Advisor Robert Wells presented the
case. The allegation in this case was that police officers broke the back door
of the appellant’s house in apprehending her daughter on an outstanding warrant;
that the officers lied in their report about the daughter attempting to light up
a cigarette in the back seat of the police car that police officers and then
"beat up" and pepper maced her; that the incident exacerbated the appellant’s
high blood pressure and her daughter’s medical condition. The Police Bureau
findings were and Use of Force : Unfounded and Conduct: Unfounded with
Debriefing (Officer A) and Use of Force and Conduct: Exonerated
(Officer B). Following presentation of the examination report and discussion of
the case, Mr. Wells made a motion to affirm the Police Bureau findings. Mr.
Martinez seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously. (Yes = 9)
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:00 p.m.
Submitted by Michael H. Hess, D.D.S., PIIAC Examiner