Police, TriMet team up for enforcement action on SE 122nd Avenue

A multi-agency effort netted 15 arrests, including gun and drug seizures in just four hours last Thursday, September 8th. The location is likely familiar to many of you: the busy intersection of SE 122nd and Burnside, where a light rail line, bike lanes, and many other traffic lanes come together. Statistically, this intersection is a … Read more

Mt. Scott-Arleta residents celebrate vibrant plaza on formerly violent street

“This slip lane was being used for drive-bys and a lot of violent activities.” – Nadine Salama, resident It’s rare that a sitting Portland city commissioner will dance at a public event. Rarer still when it’s in the middle of what used to be a street known for regular shootings and traffic-related violence. But that’s … Read more

New report says Mt. Scott-Arleta violence prevention pilot shows promise

When multiple bureaus at the City of Portland came together with concerned residents on a novel approach to address a disturbing rise in shootings and speeding in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood last fall, many people responded with ridicule. Now a new report builds on initial claims that it just might be working. We’ve taken a … Read more

Despite police directive, Portlanders of color still overrepresented in traffic stops

Being stopped in traffic is the most common way most people come into contact with the police, but we don’t all experience those stops equally. In Portland (and throughout the United States), people of color are overrepresented in traffic stops, with Black people experiencing the most drastic effects of this bias. And this is more … Read more