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Some Portland cops earn over $200G, largely driven by overtime amid protests

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At least 15 Portland police employees made more than $200,000 last fiscal year, largely due to overtime pay, according to a report on Sunday.

The fiscal year – from July 1, 2019, to the end of June 2020– didn't include overtime made by police during the past four months of daily protests and riots in the city, according to a wage database obtained by The Oregonian through a records request. 

This June, however, there were more than four million in overtime pay, which was the single highest month recorded in recent memory. Portland also saw protests during the summer of 2019, which was another factor in the overtime pay, as well as an increase in shootings and lack of officers.

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Police use chemical irritants and crowd control munitions to disperse protesters during the 100th consecutive day of demonstrations in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. According to an officer, police responded with stronger tactics after a molotov cocktail was thrown.(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

“There’s a lot of people working a lot of hours because there’s just a lot of work to be done, and we’re limited on the number of cops we have,” said Sgt. Ken Duilio, who was the third highest-paid officer.

The attention toward police spending, as well as the call to fund or dismantle departments, grew this summer in wake of the death of George Floyd in law enforcement custody. Some groups argue that reallocating federal funding from police departments toward other local services could make communities safer, especially for minorities.

The figures show 728 bureau employees made more than $100,000 out of 1,272 people.

Outside of Capt. Mark Kruger, who retired in March and made $265,225 last fiscal year, the second, third and fourth highest-paid employees were all sergeants whose overtime earnings exceeded their base pay, the paper reported.

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Eight sergeants and two officers were in the top of 10 highest overtime earners, according to The Oregonian, Sergeants earned an average of $24,943 in overtime, followed by detectives, who averaged $20,369. Rank-and-file officers averaged $13,239 in overtime.

“The city’s elected officials have continued to ignore our staffing needs, resulting in the large amounts of overtime,” said Officer Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association. “That’s the cost of keeping our city safe.”

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Gross pay and overtime earnings for Portland police are expected to be higher than last year, according to the paper. 

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Portland gas station attendant refused to sell gas to Black man over protest fires, lawsuit claims

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A Portland man has filed a $350,000 racial discrimination lawsuit against a local gas station after claiming that an attendant refused to sell him gas over the summer because of his race.

Dominique DeWeese, who is Black, said in the lawsuit filed last week that he went to Jay’s Garage in July to fill up a gas canister for his lawnmower.

In a video obtained by FOX12 Oregon, DeWeese is heard asking the attendant why he won’t sell him gas.

The attendant, who is White, responded in the video: "There’s dumpster fires, they get a can of gasoline and they start the fire."

DeWeese said in the lawsuit that an attendant at Jay’s Garage in Portland refused to sell him gas.
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DeWeese claimed in the lawsuit that the attendant implied that he did not want to provide DeWeese with an opportunity to set fires or commit other crimes that have occurred at nightly protests in the city. Some demonstrators have set fires in the streets or inside buildings during the protests.

"He was assuming that I'm somebody that I'm not," DeWeese told the station.

The attendant said he’d only sell DeWeese gasoline if it went directly into his car or lawnmower, the Oregonian reported, citing the cellphone video.

DeWeese, the director of volunteer recruitment for the Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program for students between kindergarten and 12th grade, told the paper the situation was offensive.

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“I’m an educator,” he said. “A father. A member of the community.”

The owner of Jay’s Garage told FOX12 that he fired the attendant the same night of the incident and apologized to DeWeese. He said the attendant was acting against company policy, which says they serve everyone.

DeWeese is represented by law firm Kafoury and McDougal, which also filed three similar lawsuits involving Black people who claimed they were denied service at businesses in Portland due to the color of their skin.

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“In more than 40 years of practicing law, I have not seen cases with the straightforward racism as we’re seeing now,” attorney Greg Kafoury told the Oregonian.

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Portland mayoral candidate spotted with skirt featuring photos of communist leaders

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A photo of the leading candidate for mayor of Portland, Ore., has resurfaced showing her wearing a skirt patterned with the faces of famous Communist dictators.

Sarah Iannarone — who, like all other candidates in the race, is unaffiliated with a political party — can be seen in the photo, shared earlier this week by independent journalist Andy Ngo, wearing a skirt covered in the faces of Che Guevara, Mao Zedong and Joseph Stalin.

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Iannarone is beating incumbent Mayor Ted Wheeler in the race, which uses a nonpartisan voting system in local elections, by upward of 11 points, according to the latest survey from local newspaper Willamette Week, published Monday.

The mother and Portland State University educator paired her Communist garb with a shirt from her campaign merchandise, bearing her first name.

Beside her posed an unidentified man with spiked hair, an odd-fitting white suit, and what appeared to be a black shirt and clerical collar.

A representative for Iannarone did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.

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The progressive candidate told the Willamette Week late last month that she supported defunding the police, stating, “We must listen to our BIPOC community on issues impacting them most.”

“We’re asking police to do too much. The same officers we watch brutalizing protesters are not appropriate first responders for those experiencing houselessness or in mental health crisis. We need to provide real help for everyone who calls in a way that reflects our values,” she said.

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Portland protester charged with jumping on motorbike after cop drove into her

A Portland, Ore. cop drove a motorcycle into a protester who blocked his way — and the injured woman was then charged with jumping on his bike, according to police and reports.

Video from ongoing protests in the City of Roses showed protesters swarming the officer as he pulled over two cars late Friday — both of which sped off during the confrontation.

“You need to go, cop!” one protester shouted — as the officer repeatedly barked “back up!” at the mob who the force said “swarmed” the officer.

Portland police said the officer only got on his motorbike “due to the extreme danger of a hostile crowd” as some “began throwing unknown objects at him.”

“During the maneuver, a woman jumped on the front of the motorcycle and was pushed aside,” the department said in a statement, adding, “The officer was uninjured.”

Video from the confrontation, however, shows the officer driving into the woman as she stood in front of him — pushing her several feet as he drove into her before she fell, videographer Sean Bascom told the Oregonian of the footage he shot.

“No one ‘jumped on the motorcycle,’ ” Bascom told the paper. “The protesters planted their feet in front of it and were driven into.”

The incident sparked a violent confrontation between back-up police in riot gear and protesters, with many shouting, “You guys ran her over!”

The injured woman — identified by cops as Tealeanna Lindseth, 22 — refused medical help, and the officers “disengaged” from the clash, Portland cops said in a release. But she was arrested when she returned to the protests “less than an hour later,” the force said.

Lindseth was taken to a hospital for evaluation — where others then slashed the tires of the police van transporting her, police said, sharing images of some of the damage.

After her discharge from the hospital, Lindseth was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of riot — a felony — as well as two counts of second-degree disorderly conduct and two counts of interfering with a peace officer.

She was released hours later after no bail was set, records show. Three others were also arrested during the confrontations, police said.

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