PPB sergeant on leave over inflammatory remark

Sgt. Gregg Lewis is on paid administrative leave

A Portland Police Bureau precinct in downtown Portland. (KOIN 6 File)
A Portland Police Bureau precinct in downtown Portland. (KOIN 6 File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Portland police sergeant has been placed on paid administrative leave during an internal investigation into an inflammatory remark made during roll call.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the comment was made last month by Sgt. Gregg Lewis, and other officers reported it to command staff. People familiar with what Lewis said described it as an off-the-cuff remark about the use of force against a black man.

The remark came amid heightened tension between the police bureau and the African American community.

A total of 10 officers are now on leave because of internal investigations, including Police Chief Mike Marshman. The city’s Independent Review Division is investigating an allegation that someone signed the chief’s name on a training log in early March, when the chief had not attended the session.