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Giusto asks state to revoke problem deputy's credentials

Multnomah County Sheriff questions Christopher Green's 'moral fitness' in memo to state board

Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Giusto officially asked the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training today to revoke the police certification of deputy Christopher Green, citing Green's lack of 'moral fitness.'

In his letter to department Director John Minnis, Giusto alludes only to an incident in which investigators found that Green lied to a supervisor in November 2004. It does not mention the larger - and very public -- issue of Green's alleged history of asking women he stopped for traffic infractions to unfasten their bras or unzip their pants so he could examine them for a flower tattoo. A number of women have come forward since April 2004 to accuse Green of such actions, which the Multnomah County district attorney's office has called 'bizarre and disturbing.'

The petition to Salem, Giusto said Monday, represents a step toward firing Green.

Giusto put Green on paid administrative leave this week after District Attorney Michael Schrunk reopened a criminal investigation into Green's conduct.

In the initial criminal investigation of Green, which was dropped 19 months ago, prosecutors concluded that they had probable cause to charge him with coercion and official misconduct but could not prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, according to an internal district attorney's office memo dated March 4, 2005.

That same document mentions Green lying to his supervisor when asked about the allegations, then calling the same supervisor five days later to admit his untruthfulness.

Schrunk sent a letter to Sheriff Bernie Giusto dated Sept. 11 officially notifying the sheriff that no prosecutor would call Green as a witness except in 'special circumstances.'

Additionally, internal district attorney's office e-mails from April and May of this year show prosecutors' efforts to effectively punish Green, asking that he be removed from the Eastside Major Crash team and informing the Regional Organized Crime and Narcotics task force that they would not use him as a witness.

Green's conduct first came to light when one of the women filed a tort claim - official notice of intent to sue - with Multnomah County on April 15, 2004. The claim was settled out of court for $6,000.

As a result of its own investigation, the sheriff's office suspended Green without pay for a period of time it would not disclose and then returned him to patrol.


To read the documents referenced in this article, click the links below.

Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Giusto's letter to the State Department of Public Safety Standards and Training:

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Internal prosecutor's office memo regarding Green (in three parts):

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Internal prosecutor's office e-mails regarding Green:

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Letter from District Attorney Michael Schrunk to Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Giusto

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