You really should watch this video on YouTube to better know this fine example of a Portland Police Officer:
Now back to my experience:
As the bridge is lowering to allow pedestrian and cycling traffic across Ofc Reisten approaches me and asks what I am doing. I inform him that I am waiting for the bridge to lower. He then glances at the bridge and tells me that it is lowered followed by a suggestion that I move along. At this point I inform Ofc Reisten that I am happy where I am at. He tries to talk to me and I ask him if ¨I am being detained or am I free to go¨. He says that I am free to go and suggest that I leave again. It is at that point I inform Ofc Reisten that he is being intimidating and scaring me. I ask him to leave me alone since I am not breaking any law.
He peruses to question me as I politely decline to answer if I am currently employed. I further inform him that I do not have to legally answer that question and their are only 3 questions that I have to answer him. At that point he pulls out his notebook in a vindictive manor and asks me for my Full Name, Date of Birth and Address. I answer his questions truthfully and reaffirm them as he repeatedly asked me them through our encounter. He turns away to call in my information for verification.
Upon his return he asks if I have an Oregon drivers license or Oregon Identification Card. I do not have Oregon issued ID, thus I answer him with a simple ¨No¨. He then tells me that this tells him one of two things: ¨I am fresh off the bus¨ or not being truthful. Then to my amazement he ask I am dealing drugs and if I would mind him searching my bag and bike. I laugh as I tell him ¨No I am not dealing drugs and that it would not consent to his search¨. Me assertion of my rights seams to frustrate him and emboldens him to harass me more.
He asks me more questions in which I ask if I have to legally answer. In which he does not reply with a ¨Yes¨ or ¨No¨ answer. At that point his partner comes over and asks what is going on? Ofc Reisten uses the fact that I told him that I was going to cross the bridge and decided not cross (because he was harassing me) as probable cause for him to verify my identity and employ various tactics validate his unfounded claim that I am holding drugs.
Ofc Reisten then asks how many times I have been arrested. I ask him if that is a question he can legally ask followed with the truthful answer of none. He then ask me for my Social Security Number, at this point I am very scared and give it to him. I further inform him that the way he is abusing his power I feel he is the type of officer who would fabricate a myriad of excuses to ticket or arrest me and I not going to move. He again asks if I am holding any drugs. I tell him that I do not understand the question and ask him to rephrase it.
He then informs his partner that I do not have a drivers license and am not in the system. I correct Ocf Reisten that I in fact do have a drivers license and he asked if I had an Oregon drivers license or Oregon ID card. I further inform him that it is a Colorado drivers license and it is in my back pocket if he would like to see it. I tell him that I am reaching into my back pocket to produce my license to him. I give him my license and he walks abut 10 feet away to talk on his radio.
At this point two Portland Police bicycle officers ride up. Ofc Reisten returns and gives me my drivers license back and informs me that I am free to go. At that point I ask him for his card. Ofc Reisten hands me a card from his shirt pocket, as I go to take the card he does not let go of it and pulls it back under the guise to add more information. He then smugly presents the card a second time to me, as I take the card he does not let go of the card and takes it back and places it in his pocket. He then produces another card from his pants pocket and writes his name and employee number on it and presents to me. As I take hold of it he does not let go of the card so I have to use an unusual amount of force to take it from him. The other uniformed officer asks it I would like his card in which I politely declined.
Ofc Reisten continues to chastises me in front of the other officers in an intimidating manor expecting me to leave. I ask Ofc Reisten if I am breaking the law. He says no and walks away. Shortly after one of the bicycle officers approached me and asks me about my bicycle in a friendly manor. We talk about it and he ask me if I am staying to spite Ofc Reisten. I tell the officer how I feel intimidated with the 4 of them surrounding me and that this is clearly a power struggle that Ofc Reisten is engaged in. The bike Officer tells me that if ¨I vote I have power¨. At that point look at him and sincerely commend him on his communication skills while informing that in this situation ¨I have no power¨ as I glance down at his gun.
After about 10 min the bicycle officers ride off and Ofc Reisten and his partner leave. After about 20 min I call Central prescient and leave a voice message with his Sergent requesting a meeting to clarify what just transpired.
So here is the deal. I was scared and shaking. Ofc Reisten was treating me as if I was doing some thing wrong by being an educated and present citizen. His use of intimidation was unacceptable and language was misleading. Repeatedly he phrased his questions in a way that were confusing and attempting to create a situation to abuse his power even more. I am also disappointed in the other 3 officers watching this for not pulling him aside and defusing the situation.