1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
February 16, 2007 00:00
A columnist for the Portland Tribune has recently written a series of articles suggesting that more than 25 years ago one or more Portland Police officers may have been involved in criminal activity that was never properly investigated or reviewed by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. In December 1979, Portland Police Officer David Crowther was shot and killed during a search warrant. During the subsequent investigation, it was determined that several officers had engaged in illegal activity. Several officers were eventually prosecuted, terminated, or resigned. No one directly or indirectly involved in the investigation is currently employed by the Portland Police Bureau.
The recent columns suggest that there may have been additional criminal activity that was never properly examined. In the past few days, Chief Rosie Sizer and Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk met and reviewed the decades old investigation. While there does not appear to be any reason to believe the original investigation covered up or ignored criminal behavior, the new allegations could leave in doubt the Police Bureau and District Attorney’s Office commitment to transparency and integrity.
Because our community deserves the assurance that law enforcement professionals hold themselves to the highest level of scrutiny, Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer and Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk have asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to review the entire investigation and, if appropriate, re-open it. The FBI has been assured that both agencies will fully cooperate and provide them with any resources they require. Any questions should be directed to the FBI.
Sgt. Pete Simpson