State strips police certifications over wrongful arrest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A state board has stripped ex-West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus and fired West Linn Sgt. Tony Reeves of their police certifications over the wrongful arrest of Michael Fesser of Portland. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the state Board on Public Safety Standards & Training voted unanimously to OK the lifetime revocations for dishonesty and discriminatory behavior. Timeus started a theft investigation of Fesser as a favor for a friend. Reeves led the investigation at the behest of Timeus. Timeus’ friend was Eric Benson, Fesser’s boss at A&B Towing in Portland. Benson feared Fesser, who is Black, was going to bring a discrimination complaint against him. The public safety board found Timeus’ actions “discredited the policing profession.”