For as many bad stories one hears about the police, there are just as many
good stories, right? We all want to trust the police and believe they
have the community’s best interests at heart. Police officers should
also be approachable. Sadly, Officer Aaron Dauchy of the Portland Police
was not very approachable when he was approached by concerned citizen
In February 2009 Newmann witnessed the arrest of a rider on the MAX train.
She felt the officer was rougher than necessary and voiced her concerns.
She asked Officer Dauchy why the man was being arrested, and Dauchy responded
rudely, asking why it was her business then later saying he did not have
to tell her anything unless she was the arrested man’s lawyer. Newmann
then asked Officer Dauchy’s partner, Officer Jim Sandvik, for a
business card. Sandvik not only refused, but he also took Newmann’s
identification and made a threat that he would have her banned from TriMet.
Newmann then tried to read Sandvik’s name off his uniform, and Sandvik
shoved her, twisted her arm, handcuffed her, and took her to jail. She
was released the next morning. Newmann decided to defend her actions and
sued the police. A jury recently awarded her $82,000 and found the police
guilty of committing battery, false arrest, and malicious prosecution.
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