Not just lights…sirens too!

Can anyone tell me why it appears that every one of Portland’s Police cars is “hanging out” on the east side of 82nd between about Burnside and the freeway overpass?

Some had lights on and some not and it was really weird. KATU had a van there too, but they were driving around looking to park I think, they weren’t broadcasting or anything.

It’s freaking me out.

Edit: It turns out there is finally something on the web about it! Since KGW demands registration and I morally object, I’ll link you instead to the KOIN site where they have a version of the story you can read.

That doesn’t change the fact that driving home from Wendy’s last night scared the hell out of me. I think we counted something like 14 police cars. I’m glad Sgt. Schmautz is amused, but for a second I totally thought Apocalypse Ground Zero was going to be right near 82nd and Glisan.

5 Comments so far

  1. ExtraMSG (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 6:23 am

    I think they regularly do prostitution and drug stings on 82nd. Maybe they’re the paddy wagons.

  2. Banana Lee Fishbones (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 8:17 am

    Actually, it turns out there was some guy that was wanted by police, but was on MAX for some reason, then got off the train, ran across I-84, looped back around towards 82nd, and I guess took off in a cop car for a few blocks. They did eventually find him but it was only a teeny mention in last night’s news, and I can’t find it on any local news sites today.

  3. Penny (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 7:39 pm

    To avoid registration on sites that require it:

  4. Banana Lee Fishbones (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 10:47 pm

    I’ve done that but it’s hard to find one that actually works on KGW.

    And since I can’t seem to get the Firefox plugin to work for me anymore, it’s an even bigger pain.

    I’d rather just go to KOIN instead. (:

  5. ExtraMSG (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 1:03 pm

    Johnny, tell him what he’s won: free room and board for X number of years…

    I like this comment:

    “The reality is that we all make mistakes. And if, in fact, this was a mistake, she’ll certainly have to at least get some chiding from the other officers and some friendly ribbing about this,” Sgt. Brian Schmautz told KOIN News 6.

    You know that cop is getting a nickname of some sort out of this.

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