Following DA report, Mayor promises 'swift and decisive' action regarding Reeves
This story has been updated.
After Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote released a report admonishing the conduct of former West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus and Detective Tony Reeves for the unlawful and racially-motivated 2017 arrest of a black Portland man, West Linn Mayor Russ Axelrod said he has "confidence the city will take swift and decisive action against Sgt. Reeves as soon as possible."
He also said, via email, the city is exploring its options regarding Timeus, who retired in 2017 following a drunk driving scandal.
Reeves has been on paid administrative leave since February of this year when new and damning details of WLPD's arrest of Michael Fesser were revealed as part of a $600,000 settlement, plunging the department into a national scandal.
Foote described WLPD's investigation and arrest of Fesser as "deeply disturbing" and recommended both Timeus and Reeves have their certifications from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training revoked.
According to the West Linn City Charter, the mayor and city council have no authority over employment or discipline of employees of the police department. That power lies with the city manager.
Interim City Manager John Williams said the city was acting on the issue as quickly as possible, though he said he couldn't comment on the nature of the action. He added that the city should be able to let the community no more shortly.
After the DA's report was released Friday, Acting Police Cheif Peter Mahuna said in a press statement that the city was following due process protocol regarding further action toward Reeves.
Members of the community have been calling for the dismissal of Reeves since February. At the council's most recent meeting, Monday, June 1, nine citizens submitted comments asking for the dismissal of Reeves and department leaders.
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