Jonathan Levinson, OPB

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Recent:
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  • Houston Public Media
  • TPR News
  • KERA News
  • PRI

Recent articles by Jonathan:

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Records imply Portland police slow-walked high profile homicide case

Portland police quickly obtained key evidence in the 2019 killing of anti-fascist Sean Kealiher, but waited more than two years to arrest the suspect, according to investigative file documents obtained by OPB. → Read More

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Portland Police arrest man for the 2019 murder of leftist activist

Portland police announced Thursday they have made an arrest in the 2019 high-profile murder of a local anti-fascist. The case has drawn national attention in the years since, largely due to local activists’ insistence that police were not actively trying to find those involved in the murder of Sean Kealiher because of his political views. → Read More

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US Justice Department says Portland police continue to violate their own use-of-force policies

Portland came into full compliance with a 2014 federal settlement agreement for the first time in February 2020, but years of progress quickly unraveled when that summer’s protests revealed significant gaps in the city police bureau’s adherence to its own directives. → Read More

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Judge acquits Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson, 1 other, in Portland riot trial

A Multnomah County judge granted a motion Tuesday to acquit Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson along with Russell Schultz, saying Oregon law would not permit them to be convicted given the evidence. → Read More

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Portland police hope to appoint gun violence-reduction team by end of week

The Portland Police Bureau hopes officers for a new team to address gun violence will be hired by the end of the week and operational by January. The Focused Intervention Team, a dedicated unit of one lieutenant, two sergeants and 12 officers will be tasked with interrupting cycles of retaliatory violence that can cause one shooting to lead to more. → Read More

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Portland’s first Black police chief, Charles Moose, has died at age 68

Portland’s first Black police chief — an early supporter of community policing who went on to be the police chief in Montgomery County, Maryland, and to lead the 2002 investigation into the Beltway sniper — died at home, watching football in his recliner. → Read More

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Dozens of Oregon law enforcement officers have been members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia

According to data leaked earlier this month and reviewed by OPB, more than two dozen current and former police officers, sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers, and members of the military in Oregon appear to have joined the anti-government, anti-immigrant extremist group since its founding in 2009. → Read More

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Police identify victim in Thursday’s police shooting

The Portland Police Bureau identified the victim in Thursday’s police shooting as 40-year-old Michael Ray Townsend. Portland police officer Curtis Brown shot and killed Townsend in the parking lot of a Motel 6 during a welfare check. → Read More

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Portland police release video, identify officer who shot and killed a man on Thursday

The Portland Police Bureau on Friday evening identified the officer who shot and killed a man Thursday in a Motel 6 parking lot as Officer Curtis Brown, who has been with the bureau for 18 years. → Read More

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Portland police officer charged for assaulting activist photographer at protest

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced Tuesday that his office indicted Portland Police Bureau officer Corey Budworth with one count of fourth degree assault. → Read More

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As police departments eye body cameras, critics question their value

At a time when many larger police departments in Oregon — Hillsboro, Gresham, Beaverton, Washington County — have started using body cameras, recent killings of Black men and people in mental health crises in nearby Vancouver, Washington, have spurred calls for adoption there as well. But experts warn the effects of cameras on police behavior may not be significant. Some critics say body cameras… → Read More

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With replacement in limbo, Portland auditor plans to wind down police oversight board

Details of the new voter-approved police oversight board remain scant but if the Portland city auditor’s budget proposal is approved, the current system will have a firm end in sight. Auditor Mary Hull Caballero’s proposal phases out Independent Police Review by June 30, 2022. → Read More

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Portland mayor authorizes ‘all lawful means’ to clear protesters from occupied area on Mississippi Ave.

Law enforcement arrested at least seven people Tuesday as they moved to clear protesters from a North Mississippi Avenue home, which for months has been the site of protests as demonstrators rally against the eviction of the Black and Indigenous family living there. → Read More

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Anticipating protests, Oregon governor orders extra law enforcement to stay in Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has extended a law enforcement unified command in Portland through Friday. Brown’s initial order was set to be in place through Wednesday afternoon. → Read More

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Hundreds gather for pro-Trump vehicle rally in Portland suburb

Hundreds of pro-Trump demonstrators gathered at Clackamas Community College on Labor Day for a vehicle rally. → Read More

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Person shot and killed during pro-Trump car caravan through downtown Portland

The "Trump Cruise-in" drew thousands of people to the Clackamas Town Center, from which they will drive to Portland where a clash with anti-racist demonstrators almost certainly awaits. → Read More

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Some federal forces poised to leave Portland, others could remain through election

Law enforcement officials tell OPB federal officers could start to decrease their forces if the delicate peace holds for the next several days. → Read More

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Gunshots in the air, dialogue mark 68th night of Portland protests

A few hundred demonstrators gathered in Peninsula Park for the 68th straight night of protests in Portland. The evening was punctuated by brief chaos. → Read More

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More federal officers deploying to Portland as protests gain momentum

Several dozen additional federal law enforcement officers are deploying to Portland while federal officials are internally acknowledging they have contributed to the quick escalation between law enforcement and groups of protesters. → Read More

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50 Days Of Protest In Portland. A Violent Police Response. This Is How We Got Here.

The Trump administration describes Portland as “city under siege.” Protesters and journalists who regularly show up at the nightly demonstrations agree a siege is happening. But over 14 days, federal law enforcement has increasingly become the occupying force. → Read More