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Oregon is Seeing Repercussions from the Tragic Murder of George Floyd

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

More than 15 months have passed since George Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020. Mr Floyd was ruthlessly murdered by former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, who has since been convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Mr Floyd’s death has not only shaken the United States, but the whole world, as Mr Floyd’s… Read More »

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Law Enforcement Using Proud Boys as Informants

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

The U.S. government recruited Proud Boys leader and organizer, 37 year-old Joseph Biggs, in an effort to gather key information regarding antifa protestors and networks. This was carried out just months before Biggs was charged with invading the U.S. Capitol alongside many other far-right extremist activists. Biggs allegedly agreed to supply prime information to… Read More »

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Another Innocent Prisoner Released After Nearly a Quarter Century of Incarceration

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Grant Williams, a man who spent 23 long years in prison as an innocent man, was finally released a couple weeks ago. Due to credible witness testimonies and new evidence, Mr Williams’ innocence was proven through statements that exposed multiple flaws in how law enforcement handled his case. In April of 1996, Shdell Williams’… Read More »

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Portland Police Officers Are Pulling Over Disproportionate Numbers of Black and Latino Drivers

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Portland Police Officers Are Pulling Over Disproportionate Numbers of Black and Latino Drivers In an effort to track racial profiling among Portland police officers, the Portland Police Bureau has been tracking numbers of motorists pulled over based on race and ethnicity. The data reflects disproportionate numbers of Black and Latino drivers being subjected to… Read More »

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Former West Linn Police Officers who Participated in Racist Action Finally Get Their Certifications Revoked

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

An ancient adage in the law proclaims “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.” It took way too long, but the former West Linn police officers who took part in racist actions against Michael Fesser have finally received some measure of justice. Due to the wrongful and racially charged arrest of Mr Fesser in 2017, former… Read More »

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Is $75 Million Sufficient Compensation for 2 Brothers Who Served Decades in Prison for a Crime They Did Not Commit?

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

After spending decades behind bars, two Black brothers were finally released from prison and were awarded $75 million after being wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl, Sabrina Buie, when they were just teenagers. Leon Brown and Henry McCollum were arrested in 1983, remaining behind prison walls for nearly 31… Read More »

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Long-overdue Consequences for the West Linn Police Officers Who Racially Harassed an Innocent Citizen

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Due to the unjust arrest of Michael Fesser, a Black Portland resident who had been wrongfully targeted by West Linn police in 2017, former police chief Terry Timeus and fired Sgt. Tony Reeves risk losing their official police certifications for life. West Linn police failed to properly investigate Fesser’s case, consisting of law enforcement’s… Read More »

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Oregon Legislators Are Working to Improve Oregon’s Expungement Law

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Oregon’s Expungement Law (ORS 137.225) provides a vehicle for people to erase convictions for certain felonies and misdemeanors, as well as arrests in cases that do not result in convictions. Our law firm frequently assists clients in seeking expungement. The expungement law has been amended many times over the last several decades. At times,… Read More »

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Facial Recognition Software Can Lead to Injustice

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

In February of 2019, Nijeer Parks, 31-years-old at the time, was sent to a corrections center in New Jersey due to a false facial recognition match placing him at a grocery store at the time of a crime. Mr Parks was accused of shoplifting candy, hitting a police officer’s vehicle, and nearly driving into… Read More »

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Former West Linn Cop Finally Gets Consequences for His Role in Racist Action Against Black Citizen

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

It has taken 4 long years, but former West Linn police lieutenant Michael Stradley has finally gotten consequences for his role in the racially motivated prosecution of Michael Fesser, who was falsely charged with a crime in retaliation for making a complaint of racial discrimination against his politically connected employer. At long last, Stradley… Read More »

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