Portland Allows Cops From Other Agencies To Be Sued For Aiding City Police

Neighboring agencies are pulling back from aiding Portland police.

Clackamas County, OR – The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is considering no longer responding to assist Portland police.

The City of Portland has refused to indemnify Clackamas County deputies who respond to requests for assistance from Portland police, according to the sheriff.

As a result, the deputies can be personally sued if they back up Portland officers and any lawsuits arise later.

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts explained the situation in an email to his deputies in late February, KPTV reported.

Out of concern over the legal and financial risks to his deputies, Sheriff Roberts said that he asked Portland city leaders to agree to cover potential legal expenses in cases where the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) requests their assistance.

That request was denied, forcing the sheriff to consider restricting its cooperation with the PPB.

“I will not place our staff at unnecessary personal risk when acting under law and authority as a police officer,” he wrote in the email.

If the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) implements such restrictions, deputies will no longer have permission to respond to PPB’s requests for assistance in most investigative cases.

They would also not have authorization to assist the PPB with crowd control or SWAT operations.

Deputies would still be allowed to respond to active shooter situations in Portland, and would also be authorized to aid city officers whose lives are at risk, the sheriff said.

But Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner said he believes the lack of indemnification would still negatively impact deputies’ responses in those situations.

“The deputies and the officers that show up, one thing that will always be on their mind is, ‘if there’s something catastrophic happening, will I be indemnified?’” Turner told KPTV.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) restricted its cooperation with Portland police in February, and the Vancouver Police Department is considering doing the same, KPTV reported.

One of the reasons the WCSO cited for pulling out of the agreement was the “anti-police attitude” in the city of Portland, KPTV reported.

Turner said that he understands why neighboring departments want to restructure their mutual aid agreements with the city.

“They’re looking out for their deputies,” Turner said. “This should’ve never happened.”

Without the assistance of surrounding departments, some cases could be negatively affected.

“The cases we do with drug cases, gang cases,” he explained, “That slows those cases down.”

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s communications director, Eileen Park, said that the Portland city Attorney’s Office and PPB are “currently evaluating [the] mutual aid agreements with local law enforcement agencies.”

Park said that the city may not want to take on the potential liability of neighboring law enforcement officers in many situations.

“If the City of Portland agrees to indemnify another public safety agency under a mutual aid agreement, then Portland would be accepting legal liability for the actions of the other agency’s officers that the Portland Police Bureau did not train or supervise,” she told KPTV.

The PPB is working to develop a mutual aid agreement that reduces the risk to the city, but also protects the public, Park added.

Comments (23)
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StevenF
StevenF

“If the City of Portland agrees to indemnify another public safety agency under a mutual aid agreement, then Portland would be accepting legal liability for the actions of the other agency’s officers that the Portland Police Bureau did not train or supervise,” she told KPTV.

If the city REQUESTS assistance, they SHOULD accept liability. How hard is that?

walkintall
walkintall

The city of Portland, Oregon is a sewer in every possible aspect of it's existence. It's a smart move for allied agencies to steer clear unless this policy is altered.

JBo
JBo

I don't blame the Sheriff one bit.

Bscope2
Bscope2

First the do away with ICE they become a sanctuary city now this , officers in Portland should seek employment elsewhere. Portland has become a city I don’t ever want to go back to

f-portland
f-portland

they should just do away with the police in Portland, and let the citizens all fend for themselves ! if everyone is so anti-police screw them. see how long it lasts.

MikeJ6
MikeJ6

The City of Portland is creating a problem where none exists. Surrounding agencies should just stop assisting Portland PD (w/ the exception of officer needs help situations), withdraw from any joint investigations and tasks forces. Then they can let the city of Portland paddle their own canoe.

Buffrat
Buffrat

If any of the officers of the Portland P.D. had any pride they would refuse to serve the Marxist/Socialist government of Portland resign enmasse. In my police career there was no area too far, or any situation so minimal that I wouldn't go to support and protect a fellow officer in need. But if they don't have the balls to stop putting up with this BS, I damn well wouldn't endanger my life, my home, or my pension to back someone up who puts up with these conditions. Because remember that if I show up and me and the Portland Officer is sues? He's covered for legal liability and I'm not. Maybe if all area agencies take the same approach, the rank and file, their command staff, and union will get the message.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Unfortunately for PPB rank and file you have a Chief who is a black female appointee with political aspirations and a Deputy Chief who is an absolute POS. Other than that they are doing great...??? A recent article said that of 60 potential recruits only three passed backgrounds, Keeping Portland weird.

tfort
tfort

That would be too much liability for Portland to be expected to cover. Imagine if several sgiencirs are involved with an incident that goes bad and Portland had to cover everything.

What insurance company would ever agree to cover all the agencies?

Wish505
Wish505

In left field again but most agencies are self supporting in this area. It is the tax payers who pay for all outcomes.

NickyJ
NickyJ

Portland has gone straight to hell. I only go to the airport and the hell with that Liberal piece of crap town.

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

Is this the Chief who ordered the cops to stand-down when ANTIFA goons were terrorizing citizens in Portland?

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Very simple if the city governed by assholes does not want to cover officers from outside jurisdictions who respond to assist this shit hole then so be it. 10-8....

GreenDeplorable
GreenDeplorable

Danielle Outlaw. What a sorry excuse for Chief of Police.