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POLICE: Sizer is out Reese is in

Mayor Sam Adams has fired Porland Police Chief Rosie Sizer, now replaced by Mike Reese. Who is Mike Reese and what can Portlanders expect?
To find out who Mike Reese is, first look at Thomas Brennan.

To find out who Mike Reese is, first look at Thomas Brennan.

Police Officer Thomas Brennan, who might just be one of the better police on payroll, filed a complaint about Sgt Kyle Nice for being overly aggressive with two street musicians. Thomas Brennan filed this complaint with his precinct commander, Mike Reese. Mike Reese said he opened an investigation and, "It found Sgt. Nice acted completely and absolutely professionally, and there was no basis for Officer Brennan's complaint." Thomas Brennan responded that he, along with the only witnesses on the scene, were never interviewed. The validity and integrity of this supposed investigation has been questioned.

Last month, Sgt. Nice pulled his gun on an unarmed motorist during an incident of road rage. This was clearly in violation of ORS 166.190, and 166.220 - a crime that carries jail time for civilians. Sgt. Nice sent a letter in response to a news paper article from his Portland police email address, in violation of PPB Police 313.50. Sgt. Nice's punishment is desk-duty, not termination. In 2006, Sgt Nice along with other members of the police murdered James Chasse. The Mental Health Association of Portland asked for Kyle Nice's resignation in October 2009. Richard Prentice was arrested for exercising his constitutional right to protest the police (this was after the murder of Chasse), but was arrested while putting up fliers. While in jail, he was confronted by Sgt. Nice, "[Sgt. Nice] started shouting, holding up his badge in my face and saying, 'This is me! I'm the guy!' I thought he was going to beat the shit out of me right there". Between these several incidences, a clear pattern of over-aggression is apparent. This over aggression was dismissed by Mike Reese when brought to his attention.

Thomas Brennan has had difficulty with the Police Force - in 2006, Sgt. Mark Chamberlain, Brennan's direct boss at the time, ground his crotch against Brennan's wife at a party. Brennan filed a complaint he was denied a promotion. The same year Thomas Brennan was entered for DUII Officer of the Year because he led the state in DUII arrests three years in a row.

The police administration transferred Brennan to the evidence warehouse. Brennan has since made public statements, including a tort claim, that the Portland police is a corrupt organization, it must be assumed that Brennan's criticisms of the police include Mike Reese.

In 2007, Mayor Tom Potter fired Portland Police Bureau Lieutenant Jeffrey Kaer for murdering Dennis Young in January 2006. Mike Reese, speaking on behalf of the Commanding Officers' Union, was "deeply disappointed with the mayor's decision".

Mike Reese also defended the unconstitutional sit-lie law, stating, "We would rather be proactive...And the sit/lie law was a good low-level enforcement tool to allow us to do that." "Proactive" law enforcement is a basis for profiling, essentially making any identifiable group of people open to more scrutiny than others. After the law was ruled unconstitutional, Reese lead a crackdown on Pinoneer Courthouse Square, which included arresting a man for spitting and tossing a cigarette. Reese oversaw the "Dirty 30", a secret list of individuals and precursor to the Service Coordination Team.

When a photograph of Officer Craig Dobson choking a suspect surfaced, Reese defended Dobson saying, "The officer is definitely not choking him, it looks to me like he is using his thumb to force the man's face away, as we are trained to do. Obviously you do not want to have his spit on you." The person in the photograph is clearly uncomfortable, and Officer Dobson clearly agitated. Dobson and Reese were the only people to make remarks about the event, apart from the person who took the photo.

Mike Reese supported the Drug Free Zones, a program found to be racially discriminating.

Firing Rosie Sizer to replace her with Mike Reese is not a move to reorganize the police force - Mike Reese is just as steeped in corruption as Chris Humphries, Kyle Nice, and all of the other police officers who side with each other and not the public. This is clearly not an attempt to appease the public, but only a reprimand to Sizer for criticizing Adam's proposed budget.

Mike Reese has defended some of the most corrupt actions in this city, including murders and abusers. He ignored the legitimate concerns of a well-decorated police officer, who ended up being correct. He's pushed a Drug War that has, in every part of this country, reinforced racist policing.

Police Officer Thomas Brennan, who might just be one of the better police on payroll, filed a complaint about Sgt Kyle Nice for being overly aggressive with two street musicians. Thomas Brennan filed this complaint with his precinct commander, Mike Reese. Mike Reese said he opened an investigation and, "It found Sgt. Nice acted completely and absolutely professionally, and there was no basis for Officer Brennan's complaint." Thomas Brennan responded that he, along with the only witnesses on the scene, were never interviewed. The validity and integrity of this supposed investigation has been questioned.

Last month, Sgt. Nice pulled his gun on an unarmed motorist during an incident of road rage. This was clearly in violation of ORS 166.190, and 166.220 - a crime that carries jail time for civilians. Sgt. Nice sent a letter in response to a news paper article from his Portland police email address, in violation of PPB Police 313.50. Sgt. Nice's punishment is desk-duty, not termination. In 2006, Sgt Nice along with other members of the police murdered James Chasse. The Mental Health Association of Portland asked for Kyle Nice's resignation in October 2009. Richard Prentice was arrested for exercising his constitutional right to protest the police (this was after the murder of Chasse), but was arrested while putting up fliers. While in jail, he was confronted by Sgt. Nice, "[Sgt. Nice] started shouting, holding up his badge in my face and saying, 'This is me! I'm the guy!' I thought he was going to beat the shit out of me right there". Between these several incidences, a clear pattern of over-aggression is apparent. This over aggression was dismissed by Mike Reese when brought to his attention.

Thomas Brennan has had difficulty with the Police Force - in 2006, Sgt. Mark Chamberlain, Brennan's direct boss at the time, ground his crotch against Brennan's wife at a party. Brennan filed a complaint he was denied a promotion. The same year Thomas Brennan was entered for DUII Officer of the Year because he led the state in DUII arrests three years in a row.

The police administration transferred Brennan to the evidence warehouse. Brennan has since made public statements, including a tort claim, that the Portland police is a corrupt organization, it must be assumed that Brennan's criticisms of the police include Mike Reese.

In 2007, Mayor Tom Potter fired Portland Police Bureau Lieutenant Jeffrey Kaer for murdering Dennis Young in January 2006. Mike Reese, speaking on behalf of the Commanding Officers' Union, was "deeply disappointed with the mayor's decision".

Mike Reese also defended the unconstitutional sit-lie law, stating, "We would rather be proactive...And the sit/lie law was a good low-level enforcement tool to allow us to do that." "Proactive" law enforcement is a basis for profiling, essentially making any identifiable group of people open to more scrutiny than others. After the law was ruled unconstitutional, Reese lead a crackdown on Pinoneer Courthouse Square, which included arresting a man for spitting and tossing a cigarette. Reese oversaw the "Dirty 30", a secret list of individuals and precursor to the Service Coordination Team.

When a photograph of Officer Craig Dobson choking a suspect surfaced, Reese defended Dobson saying, "The officer is definitely not choking him, it looks to me like he is using his thumb to force the man's face away, as we are trained to do. Obviously you do not want to have his spit on you." The person in the photograph is clearly uncomfortable, and Officer Dobson clearly agitated. Dobson and Reese were the only people to make remarks about the event, apart from the person who took the photo.

Mike Reese supported the Drug Free Zones, a program found to be racially discriminating.

Firing Rosie Sizer to replace her with Mike Reese is not a move to reorganize the police force - Mike Reese is just as steeped in corruption as Chris Humphries, Kyle Nice, and all of the other police officers who side with each other and not the public. This is clearly not an attempt to appease the public, but only a reprimand to Sizer for criticizing Adam's proposed budget.

Mike Reese has defended some of the most corrupt actions in this city, including murders and abusers. He ignored the legitimate concerns of a well-decorated police officer, who ended up being correct. He's pushed a Drug War that has, in every part of this country, reinforced racist policing.


Here We Go Again! 12.May.2010 17:30

Den Mark

Is adams a total idiot, or is he still striving for totality!

thanks 12.May.2010 17:59

McBee

thanks for the back ground work. it's really useful. good work

Can anyone answer my questions? 13.May.2010 22:21

miffy

wow. this bodes ill. black hole of corruption.... the mayor included. Portland needs a good scrubbing from Higher Power. So who decided this guy was to be the new Chief?
who would be a better one, can anyone give some suggestions? the guy who tried to put the evils to a stop?