ANOTHER COP SETTLEMENT
The City of Portland was scheduled to vote on Wednesday, December 19, on a $150,000 settlement in a lawsuit brought by a woman who was allegedly punched in the face and had her arm broken after calling a cop an asshole at a traffic stop. The woman, Barbara Weich, was arrested and alleged she was assaulted by Officer Gregory Adrian on May 29, 2005. Weich's attorney, Greg Kafoury, says: "The City of Portland would rather pay taxpayer money to settle lawsuits than reign in brutal cops. When was the last time a Portland police officer was fired for brutalizing a citizen? It's never happened." It's against city policy to comment on cop lawsuit settlements. MATT DAVIS
TESTER FOR MERKLEY
US Senator Jon Tester, the former state senator from Montana who unseated that state's incumbent Republican senator last year, was in town on December 15 to speak on state senator Jeff Merkley's behalf. Merkley also wants to unseat an incumbent Republican to become Oregon's newest US Senator.
Tester urged those in attendance at a $50 per person fundraiser at MacTarnahan's Taproom to do whatever Merkley needed them to do for his campaign. "If you do your job, we get one hell of a guy" in the Senate next year, Tester said. "Who's our next senator? Jeff Merkley!" AMY J. RUIZ
GAY RIGHTS DIRECTOR LEAVES
John Hummel, the executive director of Basic Rights Oregon (BRO), abruptly resigned last week—amid speculation that he was actually sent packing.
BRO spokesperson Karynn Fish says Hummel was "absolutely not fired." It simply "seemed like the right time for him to move on," she says. The job "was not a perfect fit, and he was really missing his partner," who hadn't moved to Oregon.
Hummel took the job in April, shortly before the legislature approved domestic partnerships and a non-discrimination law. Hummel—who sources say was more of "a follower, not a leader"—had no clear victories of his own during his short tenure. AJR