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Pete Simpson


City of Portland

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City of Portland

1221 SW 4th Ave Rm 340

Portland, Oregon,97204

United States

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We support City livability goals by helping to finance infrastructure improvements, and supporting the regulatory efforts of other city bureaus. We use Charter-granted authority to assess property for local improvements, system development charges, and code vi...more

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Employment History

Vice President and Rap Sheet Editor Detective

Portland Police Association


Procurement Services


Portland Police EAP


Crime Stoppers of Oregon




Gang Enforcement Team.



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Oregon State University



Portland State University

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Retired Portland Police Citizens Committee Members [cached]

Peter Simpson - Portland Police Bureau


Copwatch honorable mention #4:CW doggies chase their tails Officer Peter Simpson writes, "I'm rarely amazed by the ranting and raving of the Portland Copwatch group that just loves to point the finger at the Portland Police Bureau for some perceived wrongdoing.
They scream and yell about injustices and civil rights violations that often times are so exaggerated, Dr. Seuss might have a hard time believing them." He gives an example, in quotes, which is nothing we have ever printed or reported: "'I was stopped by the Portland Police for no reason except that they saw...a lapel pin that says Free Mumia and then six cops dragged me out of my car beat me until I was nearly dead...'" "Copwatch pushes the council to form a task force to examine a committee's findings...The latest craze is to hire an outside consultant to study officer-involved shootings...this isn't enough for the little doggies at Copwatch who barked and chased their tails because they want 'civilian oversight.'" --Simpson's monthly column, titled "The critics are playing the same old out- of-tune song," Rap Sheet , April 2002.

RAPPING BACK #28 -Analyzing the "Rap Sheet" [cached]

In the October Rap Sheet , Detective Peter Simpson used his editorial column to complain that one member of the Independent Police Review Division's Citizen Review Committee (CRC) said they don't think that any situation warrants using profanity.
Simpson wrote: "My first reaction to that was, 'what the f@%*!' You mean to tell me that out of all the possible things people could complain about (excessive force, bribe-taking, drug use, disparate treatment) the use of profanity is a hot topic on the CRC?" For the time being, let's not dwell on the fact that Simpson is implying here that there is bribe- taking going on in the Bureau--an allegation we've not even heard before. Instead, we will note that Simpson's half-humorous, half-scary response ignores that the CRC's policy issues also include possible police misuse of Detox transports, officer identification, and the idea of de- escalating situations. These issues are being drawn from multiple complaints (see CRC article). In any case, Simpson implies that if the only thing on the CRC's agenda is profanity, the PPB must be doing a good job. "There are situations in which profanity can assist in making a communication break through with someone who is irrational and failing to listen to commands, or to add emphasis to a particular word of importance." Simpson admits using profanity himself, perhaps inappropriately, but rationalizes that in the (otherwise reasonable) premise that officers need to be able to speak to people of various backgrounds. He concludes by posing only two possible ways to approach a suspect, "Pardon me, but I am a law enforcement seem a bit ireful and I have a sanguine expectation that you'll cast aside that iniquitous shooting iron" instead of "Police officer, drop the f*@$#&% gun now!" In his September editor's statement, written before the event, Peter Simpson wrote that "the anticipation is high that activists will try to disrupt the motorcade and events... Based on his last visit, it should be a 'Hot August Night' for the working class on the battlefront."


Angry at Katz and Kroeker, Simpson criticizes a May 10 Oregonian article in which the Chief is quoted saying " I'm not happy about what happened.
I hope this doesn't mean that Simpson expects the Chief--or anyone for that matter--to be happy when a civilian is shot. Simpson then notes that on May 20, Katz promised a review of policies, training and officer recruitment, which does "not instill a feeling of support among police officers. He says officers deserve the benefit of the doubt. Claiming that only a vocal minority is upset about the shooting, he said that the day after the grand jury decision that exonerated McCollister, people he saw on the street were "as friendly or unfriendly as before. " This does not prove anything, as the concern about one officer's actions may not change how people act toward all police, nor would they necessarily share their feelings with Simpson. Detective Simpson opened the door to actually showing contempt toward demonstrators and those who opposed the war (April Rap Sheet) "The first shots have been fired in the liberation of Iraq... Tempers will no doubt grow short when faced with the vehemently vocal protestors who chose to take out their frustration on a local Starbucks, the innocent commuter, and the tired police officer. " Upset that the City Council and the County Commissioners even considered resolutions against the war (the County passed theirs 4-1, the City's failed 2-2), Simpson urged the Council to " stop playing to the vocal minority. Apparently the fact that over 30,000 people marched against the war in a metropolitan area whose population is about 1 million has no meaning to Simpson.


In his October column, Rap Sheet editor Peter Simpson identifies the PARC report and the disciplining of McCollister as the " final straw" that led to Kroeker's downfall (actually, that would be two straws).
Simpson says Kroeker's " resignation is a loss to the City of Portland" and claims that morale is at a 10 or 20 year low. Simpson contradicts conservative Oregonian editor David Reinhard's claim that Kroeker traded his badge for McCollister's. Although the PPA is vehemently fighting the suspension, " the PPA didn't force the chief to resign " writes Simpson.

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