Thursday, January 14, 2010

Willamette Week cover, Rosie Sizer

A few weeks ago Willamette Week ran this cover featuring a portrait I did of Portland Chief of Police Rosie Sizer. While praised by the local mainstream media and locals alike, Sizer recently found herself in hot water after an incident where one of her officers, Chris Humpherys, shot a 12-year-old girl who was resisting arrest, with a beanbag gun. Sizer publicly backed City Commissioner Dan Saltzman's decision to strip Humphreys of his badge pending an investigation. The 1000 members of Portland's police force held a secret ballot to determine whether or not officers had confidence in Saltzman and Sizer. Sizer was only the second chief in 28 years to face such a vote. The day the results were due to be released Saltzman back down, reinstating officer Humpherys to a desk job. The full article can be read here.

The photo of Sizer was taken over a year ago just outside City Council chambers in Portland's City Hall.

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