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Mayor may squelche cop retirement scandal vote

You may remember that several weeks ago the City Council voted to delay approving what seems to be a bribe to former police sgt Rocky Baluda. Many years ago, he threatened to argue his case against demotion for approving "cuff time"--police slang for taking off work early and getting paid for it--by having many witnesses swear it was common practice in the police bureau, including the top brass. For all these years, the Portland Police Disability and Retirement Board has paid Baluda thousands of dollars in disability pay and suppressing any public hearings on his claims.

The delayed Council vote on permanently preventing any hearings by a final payoff to Baluda was scheduled for Wed, Nov, 19. But Mayor Potter has attached the following unprecedented note on the Council agenda.
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