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Since-retired Portland cop indicted for allegedly driving into suspected looter

A since-retired Portland cop was indicted Wednesday for allegedly striking a suspected looter with an unmarked police van during protests last June, a report said.

Scott Groshong, who left the force in August, is facing misdemeanor charges for the alleged incident that happened near the Portland Skate and Snowboard shop, sources told The Oregonian.

Groshong and his partner were conducting undercover surveillance about midnight June 15 when they witnessed three men looting from the store, the newspaper reported, citing court records.

The indicted officer, who served 27 years with the department, is accused of hitting one of the alleged thieves who stole a helmet as they ran across the street, according to accounts from the shop’s owner and video shot by an area resident.

The suspected looter claimed the officer “knowingly hit him” and then drove away, according to a statement from Daryl Turner, the president of the Portland Police Association.

The video footage, which was obtained by The Oregonian, shows the driver’s side door of the van open after impact. The alleged looter, who appeared to drop the helmet, then runs away.

Police later arrested the man, but charges against him were dropped, the report said.

Groshong, according to Turner, has denied the allegations. The officer is facing charges of official misconduct, third-degree assault and failure to perform the duties of a driver.

“Instead of the suspect facing consequences for looting, this veteran police officer finds himself the target of misplaced criminal charges,” Turner said in his statement.

“Incredibly, this suspect now claims the police knowingly hit him with the undercover surveillance van when the officer drove towards him to document his criminal acts,” he said.

Turner said an independent witness in another car saw the alleged looter running near the scene without any sign of injuries.


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