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Video, witness, reveal more about Taser incident

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 13th, 2008 at 10:40 am

“He was definitely making a racket and making it loud intentionally… he was trying to get people’s attention.”
— John Henry Dale, a witness to the Phil Sano Tasing incident

On Tuesday night, 31 year-old John Henry Dale was waiting for a bus at SE 7th and Morrison when he heard screaming and the buzzing of Tasers.

Looking north, he noticed a bike in the road and two police officers surrounding Phil Sano. Once Dale realized what was going on, he pulled out his cell phone and started recording.[Read more…]

Man on a bike is tackled, then tasered by Portland Police

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 11th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Photo from the scene at SE 7th and Alder
last night.
(Photo: Ian Stude)

A Portland man says he was tackled, pushed off his bike, and then tasered repeatedly by a Portland Police officer in Southeast Portland last night.

The Portland Police Bureau, in a written statement about the incident, say that Phil Sano (a.k.a. “Rev Phil”) did not have a front light on his bicycle and that he refused to stop when officers requested.

The incident occurred around 9:30pm on SE 7th Street, just north of SE Morrison Ave. Phil Sano says he was riding along and felt cold, so he went to zip up his jacket. Then, in an email he sent me just hours after the incident, he wrote, [Read more…]

Naked Ride Trial postponed

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 13th, 2006 at 1:26 pm

[Still from interview with Phil and
his lawyer. See it at
Crank My Chain TV]

This morning at the Multnomah County Courthouse nearly 20 cyclists showed up to support Reverend Phil Sano in his trial for an incident that happened on the World Naked Bike Ride last June.

The group included BTA Director Evan Manvel, Dan Kaufman from Crank My Chain TV and a reporter and photographer from the Oregonian.
[Read more…]

Naked Ride incident goes to court Wednesday

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 11th, 2006 at 10:19 am

Reverend Phil Sano

[Reverend Phil Sano]

This Wednesday, a colorful and well-known character in Portland’s bike scene, will find himself in court facing 2.5 years in jail.

Reverend Phil Sano is on trial for an incident that happened during the World Naked Bike Ride on June 10, 2006.

Based on eyewitness statements, and reports published in the Portland Tribune and the Oregonian, here’s a brief summary of what transpired.

As the large, 500+ person ride entered W Burnside from NW Third, Phil attempted to safely merge the group onto the roadway by stepping in front of oncoming motor vehicle traffic (this is sometimes called “corking”).
[Read more…]