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21 July 2012

Cop Shoots Unarmed Man, Gets Fired, Union Gets Him Rehired

Boy, don't try disciplining a cop in Portland.  They can do some pretty egregious things, get fired, and arbitrators will force the city to rehire them.  And public employee unions wonder why some many Americans find them despicable.  Here are some excerpts:

The result of repeated rulings overturning discipline has left those responsible for trying to command the largest municipal police force in Oregon feeling powerless. 
"It's frustrating. It's very hard to lead an organization like that," said Brian Martinek, a former Vancouver police chief who served as an assistant chief in Portland during the Chasse case and Frashour's shooting of Aaron Campbell. 
Once discipline comes down, union leaders frequently are in command staff's faces, he said, taunting that, "We're just going to kick your butt anyways, like we always have." 

Mark Iris, who served for 21 years as executive director of the Chicago Police Board and has written about arbitration rulings in Chicago and Houston, said he'd expect serious discipline -- which has gone through several layers of review, including grand jury, criminal and internal inquiries -- to be upheld once it got to arbitration in at least 75 to 80 percent of cases. But that's not happening nationally. 
Over time, he said, such reversals can have a "corrosive effect" on an agency's disciplinary process, "erode the deterrent value of discipline" and cause the public to lack confidence in the ability of an agency to control its people.

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