1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
October 17, 2008 00:00
On Wednesday, October 15, 2008, a Portland Police Bureau Sexual Assault Detective was driving an unmarked police vehicle through a parking lot in Tigard, Oregon when a juvenile male hit the car with his hand. The detective also heard a sound on the door leading him to believe that the teenager may also have kicked the car. The detective exited the car to determine if it had been damaged.
When the detective exited the car the teenager was verbally abusive and highly agitated. The detective identified himself by displaying his badge and searched the teenager for weapons. After determining that the police car was not damaged, the detective asked the teenager for identification. The teenager refused to identify himself and shouted profanities at the detective. Because the car was not damaged, the detective chose to disengage and leave the scene. At the time the detective was not aware that the Tigard Police Department was aware of the incident and because his car was not damaged he did not feel he needed to contact police. The detective reported the incident to his direct supervisor the next morning.
On Thursday, October 16, 2008, a local news station ran a news story of this incident that included surveillance video from an area business. The news story suggested that the individual involved was someone impersonating a police officer. Immediately upon learning of the news story the Police Bureau contacted the Tigard Police Department and informed them of the identity of the detective involved in the incident. The Police Bureau has assured the Tigard Police Department that all members of the Police Bureau, including the detective involved in this incident, will fully cooperate with any inquiry they wish to make.
The Police Bureau encourages anyone to report suspicious activity and if they become concerned about the proper exercise of police authority to immediately report the incident.
Sgt. Pete Simpson