Good morning, Portland.
First up, a police officer killed a man yesterday evening around SE 92nd and Flavel. Via KATU: "Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said right now they had little information about the suspect. He said police responded to a disturbance call at the Transit Center. A 911 caller reported that the man was threatening people at the TriMet Flavel Transit Station. Officers ended up chasing the suspect over a bridge spanning Johnson Creek on the north side of Flavel Street. The man was shot on or near the MAX tracks."
And now, a few Mercury links.
This week's feature story is from News Editor Dirk VanderHart on the civil commitment process at the new Unity Center. It's out in print as of yesterday.
... The data Osborne points to is limited but, to his thinking, worrisome. It shows that in January and February of this year, county investigators have been seeking to commit patients at roughly twice the typical rate—an increase he says isn’t tied to any policy change.
Civil commitment to state custody is designed to be a last resort, necessary when a person with mental illness is a danger to themselves or others, or incapable of providing for their own basic needs. And because commitment involves stripping a person of their civil liberties, the process is complicated.
The Oregon Supreme Court ruled that passive resistance is a defense to the crime of "Interfering with a Peace Officer" (essentially, not obeying an officer's orders). Local prosecutors don't believe homeless people ignoring cops' orders to not put up a tent or other makeshift shelter is passive resistance.
"Business leaders swore they'd help solve Oregon's massive budge hole." We ask: "Where are they?"
Portland will subpoena Uber. Our story from yesterday: "In a pair of unanimous votes this afternoon, council took a step that's only happened once before as far as anyone can remember. First, officials voted on a set of code tweaks meant to clarify and bolster the council's ability to force Uber to produce documents. Next, it gave the City Attorney's Office the okay to serve Uber with a subpoena to produce documents and software related to its use of 'Greyball' to avoid regulation. We reported on the forthcoming subpoena a couple weeks back."
The Oregonian: "A federal grand jury has charged a Portland woman with theft of more than $800,000 from a foster care agency where she had served as president and executive director. An indictment charges Mary Holden Ayala, 56, with theft, money laundering and filing false personal tax returns. Ayala served as president and executive director of the state licensed private foster care agency called, Give Us This Day, until its closing in September 2015."
A man threatened to kill worshipers at a Eugene Mosque, police say. He's charged with a hate crime, among other things.
The "TriMet Barber" was arrested yesterday afternoon. Jared Weston Walter, a sex offender, is accused of cutting a woman's hair with scissors on a bus. He's done it before.
"As an Oregon Department of Human Services child welfare worker, Katie Sichley was in charge of determining whether children should be removed from abusive or troubled households," the Portland Tribune reports, "But for more than a year, the Gresham mother of two concealed a troubled and abusive household of her own, according to testimony and evidence leveled against her meth-addicted live-in boyfriend in Multnomah Circuit Court."
Maybe, just maybe, it was a mistake to elect Donald Trump president