Portland officer fired for unprofessional conduct

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Portland, Ore., police sergeant has been fired for what the police chief terms unprofessional and inappropriate conduct that included two road-rage encounters.

Chief Mike Reese gave Sgt. Scott Westerman his termination letter Friday. The letter was also signed by Mayor Sam Adams.

The 44-year-old officer has been on paid leave for six months. The Oregonian reports his firing ends a nearly 20-year career with Portland police. Westerman stepped down as president of the Portland Police Association in April 2010 after an internal affairs investigation began into a woman's complaint that Westerman got out of his personal car and berated her and her husband on two occasions two days apart in January 2010. Westerman later apologized.

On Friday, he referred questions to his union, which said it was reviewing the case.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com