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NORTHWEST NEWS

Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump Receives Honorary Doctorate from Lewis & Clark College

Crump has represented the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Henrietta Lacks. 

Washington State House Overwhelmingly Passes Ban on Hog-tying by Police

The vote on Wednesday came nearly four years after Manuel Ellis, a 33-year-old Black man, died in Tacoma, Washington, facedown with his hands and feet cuffed together behind him.

Amid Fentanyl Crisis, Oregon Lawmakers Propose More Funding for Opioid Addiction Medication in Jails

Democrats are looking to counterbalance restoring criminal penalties for possession with expanding access to treatment for a potentially growing number of people in the criminal justice system. The proposal would create a million grant fund for jails looking to provide opioid addiction medication. Federal data shows only 24% of jails provide such medication to people with prior prescriptions.

NEWS BRIEFS

Senate Passes Emergency Housing Stability and Production Package with Bipartisan Support

Major legislation works to stabilize and house Oregonians living on the streets, put affordable housing within reach for everyone ...

House Passes Oregon Drug Intervention Plan (ODIP)

New approach to crisis response aims to increase opportunities for treatment, reduce recidivism, and prevent overdoses ...

House of Representatives Addressed Oregon’s Addiction Crisis

We are committed to closely monitoring the rollout of this bill, particularly with concerns to racial disparities. ...

Moving Ahead to 'A Better Red'

Tri Met’s MAX Red Line trains will begin serving the new Gateway North MAX Station on Monday, March 4. ...

Portland Value Inn Is Renamed Jamii Court

The new name for this affordable housing redevelopment, Jamii, means community and togetherness in Swahili ...

A New Jersey city that limited street parking hasn’t had a traffic death in 7 years

Street parking was already scarce in Hoboken, New Jersey, when the death of an elderly pedestrian spurred city leaders to remove even more spaces in a bid to end traffic fatalities. For seven years now, the city of nearly 60,000 people has reported resounding success: Not a single...

Oregon lawmakers pass bill to recriminalize drug possession

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A bill recriminalizing the possession of small amounts of drugs was passed by the Oregon Legislature on Friday, undoing a key part of the state’s first-in-the-nation drug decriminalization law as governments struggle to respond to the deadliest overdose crisis in U.S....

No. 24 Florida takes on No. 18 South Carolina following Samuel's 28-point game

Florida Gators (20-8, 10-5 SEC) at South Carolina Gamecocks (23-5, 11-4 SEC) Columbia, South Carolina; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Gamecocks -2; over/under is 145 BOTTOM LINE: No. 24 Florida visits the No. 18 South Carolina Gamecocks...

East and Missouri host Ole Miss

Ole Miss Rebels (19-9, 6-9 SEC) at Missouri Tigers (8-20, 0-15 SEC) Columbia, Missouri; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Missouri takes on the Ole Miss Rebels after Sean East scored 20 points in Missouri's 83-74 loss to the Florida Gators. The Tigers...

OPINION

Message from Commissioner Jesse Beason: February is 'Black History and Futures Month'

I am honored to join the Office of Sustainability and to co-sponsor a proclamation to mark “Black History and Futures Month” ...

Ending Unfair Contracts Harming Minority Businesses Will Aid Gov. Kotek’s Affordable Housing Goals

Senate Bill 1575 will protect small businesses from state and local government’s unfair contract practices while also allowing the building industry to help the governor meet her affordable housing project goals. ...

February is American Heart Month

This month is a time to recognize that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, especially in the African American community ...

Thrilling History of Black Excellence in Our National Parks

In every facet of American life -from exploration; conquest; defense; economy; resistance; conservation and the pursuit of human rights – I can show you a unit of the National Park System where the event took place, where African Americans made the...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

As an opioids scourge devastates tribes in Washington, lawmakers advance a bill to provide relief

SEATTLE (AP) — A bill that would bring millions of dollars to tribes in Washington state to address the opioid crisis received unanimous support in the House on Friday, opening the door for state funding to address a scourge that some say is claiming a generation. "This bill invests...

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton beat impeachment. Now he wants Super Tuesday revenge on his foes

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton beat impeachment. On Super Tuesday, he wants political revenge. The Republican, who just six months ago was on the brink of removal from office, is charging into Texas' primaries on a dramatic campaign to oust dozens in his own...

Paramedic gets 5 years in prison for Elijah McClain’s death in rare case against medical responders

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado paramedic was sentenced Friday to five years in prison in a rare prosecution of medical responders following the death of Elijah McClain, a Black man whose name became part of the rallying cries for social justice that swept the U.S. in 2020. ...

ENTERTAINMENT

Bon Jovi to lead the field to green in IndyCar season-opener in promotion with Meyer Shank Racing

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jon Bon Jovi will be featured at the first two IndyCar races of the season and take a ride in the “Fastest Seat in Sports” with four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves. Meyer Shank Racing said Wednesday that...

New varieties of tried-and-true vegetables invite gardeners to experiment

Tomatoes, garlic, chives, basil, parsley, thyme and sage have been permanent residents in my garden for ages. But every year, I experiment with new -– or new to me -- crops. Many turn out to be transient, like the Instagram-worthy Voyager tomatoes that disappointed in the flavor...

Larry David, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Stiller pay tribute to comedian Richard Lewis after death at 76

Fellow comedians, famous fans, co-stars and friends react to the death of Richard Lewis, who died Wednesday at age 76. “Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and for most of my life he’s been like a brother to me. He had that rare combination of being the...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Navalny's mother brings flowers to his grave a day after thousands attended his funeral in Moscow

The mother and mother-in-law of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny were among mourners who brought flowers...

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton beat impeachment. Now he wants Super Tuesday revenge on his foes

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton beat impeachment. On Super Tuesday, he wants political...

Peace, music and memories: As the 1960s fade, historians scramble to capture Woodstock's voices

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — Woodstock didn't even happen in Woodstock. The fabled music festival, seen as...

Fire at shopping mall in Bangladesh's capital kills at least 43 people

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire at a six-story shopping mall in the Bangladeshi capital overnight killed at...

AP PHOTOS: Russians say final farewell at funeral of opposition leader Alexei Navalny

Thousands of mourners gathered in Moscow to bid farewell to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Friday,...

Gaza doctor says gunfire accounted for 80% of the wounds at his hospital from aid convoy bloodshed

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The head of a Gaza City hospital that treated some of the Palestinians wounded in the...

By The Skanner News | The Skanner News

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The city of Portland has paid more than $3 million in the past five years to settle legal claims against police, including more than $850,000 for just one officer.
City attorneys say the payouts don't necessarily suggest police acted inappropriately, and they may be less costly than going to court.
The payout for officer Leo Besner included the city's largest settlement from a shooting -- $500,000 to the family of a man Besner shot while the man was on the phone with police negotiators.
Besner says police work is inherently risky and certain assignments put some officers in a position to face more claims.
But attorneys who regularly sue the city say the Portland Police Bureau is slow to act against officers repeatedly named in lawsuits who cost the city thousands of dollars.
City risk managers and police supervisors say they pay attention to litigation.
In recent years, they've changed policy and training when claims or lawsuits have pointed out problems.
"We're trying to identify any issues, areas of concern or corrective action that should take place," said Mike Palmer, the bureau's safety and risk officer. "We're watching these claims from Day One. We don't want to wait until after a large settlement."
Sgt. Scott Westerman, president of the Portland Police Association, says the city payouts infuriate officers.
"I think it's a travesty. The attorneys often say it's cheaper to pay out than it costs to try it to prove they're right. This is the part that disgusts most officers," Westerman said.
It's difficult to compare Portland with cities of similar size because Oregon caps public liability.
Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha who has written about police oversight, says it's difficult to learn from the numbers alone.
"The payout comes years after the incident, so the figures for 2008 don't reflect what's happening now," Walker said.
But examining legal claims is an important way for agencies to discover patterns in policing or problems with certain officers, Walker said. "It's a matter of learning from it, asking what went wrong," he said.
In 2005, the city council directed the Independent Police Review Division to review tort claims and civil suits and initiate police internal investigations when warranted.
Last year, the division opened complaints on 13 of 163 civil claims. All but four were dismissed.

The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast