With another police chief under suspicion and on forced leave, Portland, Or., seems to have taken another step towards becoming a real life “Portlandia,” the absurdist TV series, the Los Angeles Times reports. Just nine months after being appointed to replace a chief who is charged with accidentally shooting a friend during a beer-fueled camping trip, Interim Chief Mike Marshman was put on paid leave March 24 by Mayor Ted Wheeler in connection with an allegedly falsified department attendance log. Counting Marshman’s second-in-command, Lt. Michael Leasure, who also is on leave and being investigated for allegedly signing the chief into a training session Marshman didn’t attend, ten Portland officers are on paid leave during internal investigations.
The probes include two captains who allegedly failed to report discriminatory remarks made by the police diversity manager. Another officer is being investigated for allegedly telling a man who refused to come out of his trailer, “I’m going to shoot you in your head!” and then breaking into the trailer with two other officers and beating the man, breaking his nose and eye socket. This comes amid the turmoil of a February police shooting of a black teenage robbery suspect, Quanice Hayes, by a white officer, Andrew Hearst. A county grand jury declined to charge Hearst. In a confrontation, the officer shot Hayes, 17, once in the head and twice in the torso with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle.