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One thing about bullies is that they often portray themselves as victims in order to manipulate people. And so it should be little surprise, we suppose, that when held accountable by the very criminal justice system that they enforce, Portland police officers assume the victim's role.

First we have the officer who mistakenly shot a man multiple times with hard ammunition when he says he thought he was firing beanbags. Rather than plead guilty to the crime of which he's been charged as a result of his negligence, Officer Dane Reister is pleading not guilty and fighting the charges in court. The district attorney is tossing him an underhand pitch -- a "negligent shooting" charge -- to let him plead his way out of more serious trouble, but no. He's apparently going to say that it's all the city's fault -- he wasn't trained properly. So he should walk. Come on.

It gets worse. Remember Ryan Graichen, the ex-Portland officer who's facing serious jail time up in Tri-Cities for child sex abuse? Doubtlessly knowing what happens to child molesters in prison -- much less child molesters who are ex-cops -- he's apparently trying to find a safe place to hide while he does his time. His pitch? He only got into child sex abuse as a result of the on-the-job stress he suffered while on the Portland force:

In an interview as part of the pre-sentencing report, Graichen claimed he already has been punished and "suffered greatly" and shouldn't be locked up with sex offenders because "it makes me sick." Graichen agreed he needs treatment and counseling for his post-traumatic stress disorder, and porn and sex addictions, but said he doesn't consider himself a sex offender.

When somebody asks why the PoPo gets no respect, these two guys are handy poster children for the problem.

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So the pervert 'doesn't consider himself a sex offender'. Nice.

If they allow this how long before all the other sex offenders offer up that they too aren't offenders because they don't perceive themselves as such?

I think I might rob a bank and if caught will offer that because I don't perceive myself as an armed robber, I shouldn't have to go to prison.

Yeah...that's gonna happen!

I suspect that the the Superior Court up in Benton or Franklin County, Washington (Kennewick or Pasco) isn't going to be real receptive to those "job stress" arguments from Graichen. Relatively conservative area compared to Multnomah County, and not overly fond of "big city folks" from PDX or Seattle.

I would like the names of all the cops who showed up in their blues to 'support' Dane Reister at his arraignment. Are "I am Dane Reister" T shirts just around the corner.

he wasn't trained properly.

Sadly, that is a standard line these days. True story: I saw a 60-year-old guy with an arm-load of supplies ask a 28-year-old to open a door. The kid refused, and that was his exact rationale: "I haven't been trained to do that."

Oddly, nobody trained him to use the telephone, but he was always on that. Go figure....

Let's not forget our legacy of producing politicians accused of being pedophiles. I know, "it happens everywhere", but on the scale of things Portland is actually a much smaller place than it wants to think it is.

Sometimes I think David Lynch had Portland in mind when he came up with the seedy "Twin Peaks".

accountability.....now here is a title for a high school class but I am sure no educational institution would dare offer this in a million years. I am dead tired of a defense of "I wasn't trained for this or that". Aren't peace officers college graduates or at least have attended some form or another of a higher educational platform?? When does the blame game stop? Boo frickety hoo! If any one person is entrenched in the "real world" and sees the good and bad of society it should be the police since they live this day in and day out. If you screw up, man up! I see men and women at this job, not 5th graders crying in the corner saying "but nobody told me". This is a bleeding hearts dream to embrace such a nonsense defense.

I was invovled in two on-duty shootings, one of which resulted in a fatality. After that, I was the primary officer on a murder-suicide that involved two adult fatalities with two children present, that resembled the final scene in "Taxi Driver." After being diagnosed with severe PTSD, I retired after 25 years of service.

For this creep to claim that PTSD caused his sex crimes is despicable beyond belief. As I recall, he lost his job for using a department issued camera to film the breasts and genital areas of high school girls during a sporting event. PTSD didn't cause him to do that, either.
He's a sexual predator, plain and simple.

I hope the presiding judge ignores his attorney's attempted bovine scat razzle dazzle and gives him the maximum. Let him spend a few decades at Walla Walla with a large, violent felon lovingly referring to him as "Peaches."


So is anyone else uncomfortable with the way an ex cop joins in the usual cheering for prison rape?

This ex-PPB guy is scuzzy, no doubt about it, but somehow I don't think we are getting any closer to a world without sexual violence and abusive relationships by creating legions of brutalized victims, most of whom will indeed emerge into society again one day.

Even a ex-cop does not deserve to be condemned to torture just to satisfy the moronic revenge fantasies of the those who, let's face it, always seem a shade too much interested in prison rape culture, if you no what I mean, and I think you do.

We have the tools to entirely or almost completely eradicate prison rape. What we seem to lack is the decency, and the compassion, and the intelligence to recognize that what starts inside, comes outside 100% of the time. As retribution has replaced rehabilitation inside, life outside becomes ever more brutish and cheap, and winds up with guys like the damaged goods above calling for yet more sadistic forms of degradation. Quite the vicious circle, apt term for it, that we've got going for ourselves.

I wonder if an excuse like Newt Gingrich is using in regards to being unfaithful to his wives would work.

"Gingrich addressed his past infidelities by saying, "There's no question at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate."

Working too hard and loving this country would be a great excuse.

George; I love folks like you. You sit there safe at the keyboard, and mock those that have to go deal with the utter hideous nature of the humace race you never have to see. All the while, supporting a liberal power structure that refuses to understand some people are simply so bad they should never draw a free breath ever again.

Go spend the first six hours with a victim after a violent rape. Take the time to learn how many have their lives destroyed, get strung out on drugs, or committ suicide afterwards. Repeat about a thousand times over 25 years. It is why most police I know still support the death penalty for rape.

Sexual assualt in prison is viewed by the inmates as a form of justice to sex offenders; They may be criminals, but they have wives, daughters, and children too. I'm not saying it's right, but I can understand why sex offenders are the lowest in the prison pecking order.

And nice cheap shot at my sexuality. This week the best response I can muster is "Merry Chistmas to you too." Folks like you are the reason a consider number of officers end their careers hating civilians.

I forgot to ask, where'd you do your time George?


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