October 22, 2020 15:53
It has been reported that a former Portland Police officer, Scott Groshong, has been indicted by a Multnomah County Grand Jury. Mr. Groshong retired in August 2020, after 27 years with the Portland Police Bureau.
On June 25, 2020, the Portland Police Detective Division became aware of potential criminal activity involving Mr. Groshong, while he was employed by the Portland Police Bureau. On June 26, 2020 the Detective Division initiated a criminal investigation, at the direction of the chief's office. At the same time, the Portland Police Bureau Professional Standards Division opened an administrative investigation.
The Marion County District Attorney's office took responsibility for the case, from Multnomah County. The Portland Police Detective Division collaborated with the Salem Police Department and transferred the criminal investigation to the Salem Police Department on July 2, 2020. The Marion County District Attorney's Office presented the case to a Multnomah County Grand Jury, which is the county where the criminal activity allegedly took place, and the Grand Jury indicted Mr. Groshong.
"As policing professionals, we have a responsibility to ourselves, to each other, and to our community to adhere to the oath we swore as public servants. We have to hold each other accountable to the high standards of our profession and the expectations of the community," said Acting Chief Chris Davis. "It is important that we refrain from passing judgment as the process continues. People are innocent until proven guilty in court. It is important to know our process of police accountability is working and is proceeding as it was intended."
This is an ongoing investigation under the supervision of other agencies and therefore the Portland Police Bureau does not have additional information to release regarding this case.
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