Portland police captain demoted but keeps job

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PORTLAND — The Portland Police Review Board recommended firing Capt. Todd Wyatt after finding him to be untruthful and questioning his integrity in incidents that included improperly touching women employees and flashing his badge and gun in an off-duty encounter with another driver.

Instead of firing Wyatt, Chief Mike Reese decided to demote the 21-year veteran to the rank of lieutenant.

The director of the Independent Police Review Division, Mary-Beth Baptista told The Oregonian, “This is not what police accountability looks like.”

Reese says he determined the demotion was the proper discipline for Wyatt after reviewing the investigation and consulting with the city attorney’s office.