Vandals hit Portland Police Union

Vandals hit Portland Police Union

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by Randy Neves and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on June 24, 2010 at 7:24 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 24 at 7:34 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Vandals strike again at Portland Police union headquarters.

This time, there are eight broken windows. It'll cost about $9,000 to clean and repair the damage. It will likely cost thousands more to brace the building against future attacks.

Union leaders are frustrated.

"We have the ability to protest, we have the ability to go to city hall and raise your concerns, we have elections," said Union treasurer Doug Justus. "We have all these options to voice your opinion and then they do this."

The vandalism happened 2:00 Thursday morning. Heavy, fist-sized rocks were hurled through the glass.


It happened just a one week after the custom windows were replaced from the last vandalism incident nearly three months ago.

Justus says metal bars or shutters -and maybe cameras- will be necessary to prevent future damage.

"We want to be open. We want to be friendly, 'hey, come on in and talk to us,'" said Justus. "But we can't afford to keep having our windows broke so we're going to have to do something to shut it down at night."

Neighbors near the union's Northwest Portland office think the vandalism is an unfortunate response to controversies involving police shootings this year.

"I don't think the police are very popular in Portland right now," said Scott Mitchell.

The repairs are funded through union dues paid by officers. No public dollars will go toward fixing the building.

It's the second time in four months that the union headquarters has been vandalized. Back in March, vandals tossed bricks and rocks into the windows. MORE: $20,000 in damage in March vandalism

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