Panel votes to decertify former West Linn police chief, sergeant for life
A year and half after the city of West Linn paid a $600,000 settlement to Michael Fesser, a Black Portlander, to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit following his 2017 false arrest by West Linn police, two of the West Linn officers most culpable in the case may lose their police certifications.
The Police Policy Committee of Oregon's Department of Public Safety Standards and Training voted unanimously Thursday, May 20, to recommend permanently revoking the certifications of former Chief Terry Timeus and former Sgt. Tony Reeves. The state's Board of Public Safety Standards and Training will consider the recommendation at a meeting July 22.
One year ago, the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office recommended DPSST decertify both Timeus and Reeves for their conduct during the Fesser case. The DA's office also found Reeves' actions so morally unfit that it would review hundreds of cases in which he had provided testimony.
Reeves, who was placed on paid leave shortly after details of his arrest of Fesser came to light following the settlement, was fired by WLPD shortly after the DA's office released its investigation.
"Staff determined that Reeves' conduct that led to his termination, and his untruthfulness during subsequent litigation, violates the Board's moral fitness standards," DPSST's Committee Report on Reeves stated.
Reeves' noted moral fitness violations included: dishonesty, misconduct and misuse of authority.
DPSST noted the same violations for Timeus.
Officers can have their DPSST licenses suspended for three to 10 years for misconduct and misuse of authority, and three to 10 years for dishonesty, but the committee has the option to increase the suspension to endure for the officer's life. The committee chose this option for both Reeves and Timeus.
Timeus was no longer with WLPD when Fesser sued the city, having retired after he was investigated for drunken driving in 2017 (the Washington County District Attorney's Office found there was not enough evidence to pursue charges against Timeus).
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