Deputy Richard Hathaway: Found Liable for Brutality and now Supervisor

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1120 SW Third Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97204
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Deputy Richard Hathaway
Deputy Richard Hathaway

Multnomah County Shariff’s Office (MCSO) deputy Richard Hathaway was found liable for brutality against an inmate by a federal jury and is now a supervisor. The case involved the 2006 booking of convicted sex offender James Evans. Evans suffered several head injuries that the Evans attributed to Deputy Hathaway striking him unnecessarily. Evans filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (No. 3:07-CV-01532-BR), the case went to trial, the jury agreed that the blows to head dealt by Hathaway were excessive, and Hathaway was ordered to pay Evans compensation.

Not only was Richard Hathaway able to keep his job. He has been promoted over the decade since the verdict and is now a supervisor. According to the July 1, 2019 Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Organizational Chart (a .pdf of which I am uploading with this report), Hathaway is now in charge of “Close Street” in the Facility Services department.

People like Hathaway are examples of reasons why the abusive culture at MCSO never changes despite being found to encourage brutality over the years. Even if a deputy is held liable in a court of law for conduct unbecoming, he is not fired and continues to thrive at the department.

Here is his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rick.hathaway.96

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