The Funeral Industry in the City of Portland is livid at Rose City Cemetery and Funeral Home as they are worried that their formal investigation will taint the industry. Spokespersons for the industry have cited that they have been informed of the allegations and have also cited past allegations concerning Rose City Cemetery and Funeral Home.
"If this is true, then it is nothing short of outrageous," Spokesperson Jim Willett commented after being informed of the investigation. "and we will do everything we can to assist in this matter against Rose City Cemetery and Funeral Home and their General Manager, Michael J. Orcutt."
Rose City Cemetery and Funeral Home has received numerous complaints in their treatment of the African - American community as well as allegations of sexual abuse to corpses and racist comments to the community in which they serve.
"Any time a funeral home comes under such scrunity, the displinary action should be harsh and heavy . . . comsidering these allegations." said former board member Maria Jennings.
The investigation was launched on April 21, 2005.