A Portland police captain who was recently promoted to the head of the city’s drug and vice division, filed a lawsuit against the city in which he was awarded money and special privileges when the city decided to settle out of court.
In the deal, he received $5000 and had two extremely severe disciplinary infractions cleared from his record, the most bizarre of which involved a public tribute to dead Nazi soldiers.
Portland police Capt. Mark Kruger filed the suit early last year when he alleged that a number of his co-workers were slandering him and calling him a Nazi. It turns out however, that they had good reason for making such claims.
In 2010, Kruger was suspended without pay for 80 hours after nailing “memorial plaques” of five Nazi soldiers to a tree on the east side of Rocky Butte Park in Portland, sometime between 1999 and 2010. That 80 hour suspension is why Kruger felt that he was entitled to $5,000.
Oregon Live reported that “Kruger was a Portland officer at the time, but wasn’t on duty when he erected the plaques as a shrine he called “Ehrenbaum” or “Honor Tree.”
After having this situation erased from his record, Kruger made a statement that was passed along to reporters by his attorney. In the statement Kruger said that “My record now accurately reflects the high quality of my work serving the citizens of Portland. I am looking forward to getting back to business of protecting the public and keeping the peace.”
During the recent investigation, internal affairs discovered that Kruger had taken the plaques down while he was under federal investigation between 2002 and 2005. He was apparently under investigation from charges of police brutality relating to the use of excessive force during anti-war protests.
One of the prosecuting attorneys thinks that Kruger’s special treatment is a sign of something shady going on behind the scenes.
“It’s unbelievable. The only conclusion that I can come to is that Kruger has dirt on some of the people in power, and they’re afraid of him. The City of Portland should be ashamed of itself,” Attorney Alan Graf told reporters.
Affiliations with racist organizations are common among police officers. Just this week we reported that two Florida police officers were recently discharged from their department after they were outed as KKK members in an FBI investigation.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.