Oregon Officer Indicted on 15 Counts of Domestic Violence and Official Misconduct

A grand jury indicted a ten-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau last week on charges of domestic violence, official misconduct, and burglary. Among other things, Officer Michael Pimentel is accused of assaulting and harassing his girlfriend, tampering with a police report, and second-degree criminal mischief. Pimentel is currently on paid administrative leave. Despite the charges against him, many of Pimentel’s colleagues have rallied around him, including the police union, which held a benefit for him earlier this month to help with legal bills. If convicted of the domestic violence charges, Pimentel will lose his ability to work as a police officer due to the Lautenberg law, which prohibits domestic violence offenders from owning firearms.


Portland Oregonian, 7/26/02

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