Portland Police Officer John Wood resigned from the bureau on Monday, November 13, after pleading guilty to two counts of official misconduct in the first degree, following a three-month internal investigation into his behavior at traffic stops.
Wood told two women on SE Division he would arrest them for driving under the influence if they did not show him their underwear. He also asked a heroin addict in Southeast—who was shooting up at the time—to show him her "pubic bone tattoo" for identification purposes, according to the cops' official investigation, released Monday to coincide with Wood's resignation.
"He was asking me, like, to show him, like... he was asking us both perverted questions," said one of the traffic stop victims, according to the investigation. "And then he was also, like, trying to get me to show him my boobs." MATT DAVIS
The city will not be able to contract with the Portland Rescue Mission (PRM) to operate a day-access center for the homeless—a program called for by the mayor's Street Access for Everyone (SAFE) committee.
The PRM, which exists to share the word of God with the homeless and needy, according to its mission statement, has refused to allow workers with same-sex partners to receive spousal benefits—as required by companies contracting with the City of Portland under its Equal Benefits Ordinance, passed on April 19. The SAFE committee is now actively seeking another day center location, while the PRC had not commented by press time. MD
Neighbors in Northwest Portland are gearing up to take their fight against a parking garage—slated to replace a commercial building and a house on NW Irving, just west of NW 23rd—to the city council.
The Portland Historical Landmarks Commission (HLC) approved the garage design at their November 13 meeting, after the architect worked with the neighborhood to address specific design concerns. But neighbors are still opposed to the idea of a garage in a residential zone, and the Northwest District Association's board has decided to appeal the HLC's decision. AMY JENNIGES