Man Dies in Police Custody
A man who was detained by officers on Thanksgiving later died at a local hospital. He was identified on Friday as 52-year old Richard A. Barry.
around 8:19 p.m. on Thursday night, Portland State University police responded to calls about a man running and yelling near Southwest 6th Avenue and Southwest Mill Street. PSU officers reportedly called Portland Police for backup after a struggle with the man. He was then restrained and placed in an ambulance. Recent records show Richard Barry listed his address as a homeless housing shelter downtown.
the Portland Police Bureau release says "At this time investigators believe the man suffered a medical event and died while receiving treatment." An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.
Homicide detectives along with the bureau's professional standards division are investigating the incident, and the results will be reviewed by the Multnomah County District Attorney.
Two Portland police officers and four PSU campus officers are on paid administrative league while the investigation is underway. Barry is the second person to die in a police altercation involving PSU officers this year.
Portland Police Strategic Plan
The Portland Police Bureau is in the early stages of developing its strategic plan for the next five years and would like public input. This 15-minute online survey includes questions on how PPB can go about achieving the goals set forth by Police Chief Danielle Outlaw
To take the survey visit portlandoregon.gov.
Coraggio Group, a professional consulting firm, is conducting this survey on behalf of the Police Bureau. Results of this survey will be included in a strategic planning report that will be presented by Coraggio in early 2019. All responses will be kept confidential and identifying information will be kept private.
Students Struggle this Holiday to Find a Home
In a new report from the Oregon Department of Education, nearly 22,000 Oregon students don’t have a place to call home.
Homelessness can have a devastating effect on students, often reducing their chances for success in the future. The report notes that only 60 percent of homeless students are on track to graduate, compared to 85 percent of students overall.
Since ODE began reporting on this data in 2012, there has been a 20 percent increase in the number of homeless students.
Beaverton has the most homeless students in the state with almost 1,800 students classified as homeless. Medford has the second highest number of homeless students in the state.
The group Stable Homes for Oregon Families said in a Press Release that “Statewide tenant protections will stop no cause evictions and rent spikes that force children and families onto the streets, into their cars, or hopping from couch to couch. Lawmakers must act in 2019. Families need protections and stability to stay housed, and students need homes to succeed in school."
Community Service for Students
Over 300 students from 21 schools, including Portland, had the opportunity to learn and participate in community grantmaking during a leadership retreat last week at the University of Portland. They decided what causes to fund, how to raise the money, who to interview and who should ultimately receive their grants.
The event was sponsored by CommuniCare, a non-profit program started in 1997 by Harold and Arlene Schnitzer. It was their dream to provide an environment where young adults learn about the needs of their communities through grantmaking and develop a long-term understanding of philanthropy and the ethics of volunteerism.
Guest speakers included Jordan Schnitzer and Kay Toran, a leader from Portland’s black community who serves as chief executive officer and president of Volunteers of America Oregon.
By challenging students to engage in community service that is both rewarding and educational, CommuniCare hopes to encourage them to become active adult citizens in their community. For more information on how this program works, visit communicareor.org
Meier and Frank Fashions
A collection of vintage clothing and accessories from the original Meier & Frank Department Store in downtown Portland is returning to the historic building this fall in a new window display designed by Oregon State University students.
The display, which showcases the history of the Meier & Frank Building and fashion through time, was installed in a space made available to OSU’s College of Business by The Nines Hotel, which occupies the building’s top floors. The window is located on Morrison Street to the right of The Nines’ entrance.
Oregon State is The Nines’ newest neighbor in the iconic Meier & Frank Building. The university is leasing the second floor of the building for its new Portland Center. Classes began in the freshly remodeled, 39,509 square-foot space in September.
The display also includes accessories and a panel of text to provide information for the window-gazers strolling by. the lead window designer, Jaeger is a senior apparel major from the Eugene area who is interested in a career in historical fashion or museum work. Jaeger was assisted by friend and classmate, Jordan Farris.
The display is expected to remain in place for about three or four months, through the busy holiday shopping season. Nancy Clayton, director of sales and marketing for the hotel, said there may be opportunities to showcase additional pieces from the OSU collection in the space in the future.