Former Portland cop faces five-year ban for drunken misconduct
A rookie cop who left the Portland Police Bureau after reportedly flashing his badge while on a bender faces a five-year suspension from any law enforcement job, a state committee recommended.
Former police officer Sean William DiGregorio allegedly tried to push his way into Rontoms, 600 E. Burnside St., during a boozy night on Feb. 2, 2019 — and when denied entry displayed his badge and falsely claimed he was part of a "sting operation," committee members said.
"Alcohol does not cause people to do things. It reduces inhibitions," said Keizer Police Chief John Teague during a subcommittee meeting of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards & Training on Aug. 19. "I think, unfortunately, we saw a lot of who this guy is."
DiGregorio told investigators the last thing he remembered was drinking with his girlfriend and other pals at the downtown Jones Bar nightclub. When he came to, he was "outside of a patrol car at his home," according to a DPSST report.
Video footage shows DiGregorio "attempting to punch an unknown individual" at Jones Bar, 107 N.W. Couch St., per the report, and showing his police ID to two employees. After making his way to the east side, passersby told authorities DiGregorio was "kicked out" of Union Jacks strip club after showing workers his badge again.
DiGregorio then made his way to Rontoms, where an employee told him the bar was closed — but the off-duty officer didn't take no for an answer, according to the report. The report says DiGregorio "tensed up and the employee feared DiGregorio would get violent and asked the bouncer to call 911."
The now 27-year-old was issued a probationary discharge two months after the incident, state records show. He had been on the force since November 2017.
"There's obviously a maturity issue at play here," said Beaverton Police Officer DaNeshia Barrett, another member of the subcommittee. "He doesn't typically drink to this extent; I think that needs to be stated."
Bradley Robertson, a deputy sheriff for Multnomah County, noted that PPB officers are "under the microscope" constantly, and said DiGregorio's conduct fell below the bureau's high standards.
Tigard Police Chief Kathy McAlpine made the successful motion to recommend suspending DiGregorio's law enforcement certification for five years, rather than a life-time ban. It's up to the state agency's executive committee to make the final decision.
DiGregorio did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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