Here's the ad:
Here's "Officer Blow Job," aka Roger Magaña, the Eugene cop convicted of raping or sexually abusing more than a dozen women over six years while other EPD officers ignored their complaints:
Here's a spoof of the ad:
Rather than "a man's last stand," maybe the EPD should test a car that emphasizes use of a smarter muscle:
Or maybe Eugene's cops need a new ride that goes Dutch:
The Eugene Citizens Review Board voted unanimously tonight that a police officer used excessive force in Tasering a Chinese student last year.
So are you one of the many people people thought police officers couldn't lie?
Day Owen of the Pitchfork Rebellion was surprised to find out that police officers can, and will, lie to your face. As you may have read in today's cover story, he and his fellow pesticide protesters were followed and filmed by a man who when asked if he was a cop "None of you broke any laws; you did just fine, so it doesn't matter who I am."
To this day, Owen isn't sure who the guy was, but in response to a photo and story we ran in December, he got an anonymous tip that it was Springfield police detective Robert Conrad. We found a photo of Conrad here on the KVAL website, but we were told we couldn't run it with the story.
Is it the same man? We emailed and called the Springfield Police Department repeatedly, but never heard back. Not even a no comment.
The District Attorney's office never called back for this story either, come to think of it. The Eugene Police Department did respond, but that was to let EW know that they can't comment on tactics.
Josh Schlossberg says local cops lied to him too, and has a federal lawsuit over his arrest by officer Bill Solesbee. Schlossberg filmed the interaction.
First he filmed his interaction with Officer Barab, the first officer on the scene.
And here is Josh Schlossberg's interaction with Solesbee.
Here's a gory example of what can happen with texting while driving:
Wow. Who could be so irresponsible, so unsafe, such a danger to society?
Police, including Eugene police, have had full-sized in car computers conveniently tilted to driving officers for years. Catching cops who type while driving would be easy with GPS or other cheap technology, but then police would have to police police. Eugene police keep accidents involving officers secret.
Even more scaryâ€”given their huge, too often explosive loads and long stopping distancesâ€”are texting truckers . Texting truckers are 10 to 23 times more likely to crash studies have shown, but the powerful lobbying group is having success opposing proposed anti-texting rules that would apply to them.
Does The Register-Guard editorial board read its own newspaper?
On Nov. 18, 2007 the R-G reported that the police officer who shot and killed a psychotic Ryan Salisbury â€œsaid the stun gun would not have helped that night.â€
Today an R-G editorial uses the Salisbury death as its major justification for endorsing more taser use by the Eugene Police.
But while the editorial writers apparently donâ€™t read the newspaperâ€™s news stories, they do appear to read their own editorials. The editorial today cuts and pastes the phrase â€œlengthy, methodical and laudably consultativeâ€ in praise of police taser use from a Feb. 2, 2008 editorial.
Picture Eugene (aka local videographers Tim Lewis and Micah L. Griffin) film an interview by Carol Berg-Caldwell of attorney Kate Wilkinson and municipal court judge Rick Brissenden about their experiences as members of the EPD's Civilian Review Board.
In the "outtakes" reel, Griffin asks Brissenden and Wilkinson about their reactions to a recent ad taken out in the EW by the Eugene Police Employees Association, as well as about their reactions to a recent R-G, article.
The Eugene City Council voted 6-2 today to move forward with spending $16 million in reserves to move the police department to a commercial office building across the river next to the Eugene Country Club.
The motion was to bring back a purchase option for the privately owned building. â€œItâ€™s the next logical step,â€ said Councilor Alan Zelenka.
The council vote defies the will of the voters who have defeated ballot measures for a new police station three times. Councilors Betty Taylor and George Brown opposed the motion. Councilors Alan Zelenka, George Poling, Jennifer Solomon, Chris Pryor, Andrea Ortiz and Mike Clark voted for it. Mayor Kitty Piercy votes only in case of a tie and did not take an intelligible position on the controversy.
In a dramatic departure of longstanding city policy against urban sprawl and for supporting downtown and keeping it safe, Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz told the city council Thursday that he wants to move the entire Eugene police department out of downtown to a commercial office building across the river in North Eugene.
Ruiz said in a memo to the council that he would buy the isolated office building at 300 Country Club Road surrounded by surface parking lots from a private developer for $16 million. He said he would then spend $6 million more to move all city hall functions out of the current city hall building and into downtown space rented from other developers.
The $22 million expenditure plus unidentified millions more in annual rent payments and moving costs comes as the city has announced it will cut back on services to citizens and increase fees to close a widening budget gap of at least $12 million due to the deep recession. New offices, particularly free of downtown employee parking fees, is a top priority of city staff, but polls have shown taxpayers oppose the expenditure.
The Eugene City Council plans to vote on the big change in years of city hall planning without a public hearing on Wednesday. Based on past positions, the vote could be close.