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A Witness With No Credibility

"Beating down a woman for twenty years consistently. Threatening the lives of his kids" - William Coleman describing Joseph 'Joe' Salazar Jr.

Salem's Statesman Journal Newspaper story title quickly establishes the intent of  reporter and newspaper.
Salem's Statesman Journal Newspaper story title quickly establishes the intent of reporter and newspaper.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Police and news media in Salem used the testimony of a known criminal to hang a pair of African-American state security officers out to dry in November 2008. Now that same convict, Joe Salazar, once the star witness of a Statesman Journal article, is facing years in prison for a life of criminal domestic abuse.

William Coleman

Try to imagine being a married man, and a father, and then from out of nowhere, being fired from your job for an accusation of having "homosexual sex" with a work partner while in a law enforcement vehicle. Add to that the fact that the man making the accusations has a serious criminal record and has served time for beating his wife and having sex with a minor.

This is what happened to William Coleman and it isn't the kind of experience anyone quickly heals from.

Of course it seems like anyone in his shoes would sue the pants off of the state for firing him over a non-credible accusation, but when a local newspaper runs big beefy stories inferring that those homosexual allegations just may be true, you see how his chances for success were impacted.

It is important to note that these allegations were totally "unfounded" according to the police report, and ridiculous to anyone who spends five seconds around William Coleman.

The Beginning

Coleman worked at the Oregon State Prison, unsuccessfully battling racism by following established legal channels. During the time he worked there from Jan. 2005 to May 2007, he contacted a local reporter at the Statesman Journal newspaper named Allan Gustafson numerous times. Coleman specifically documented over 25 racial incidents; almost all Civil Rights violations. Not one of these allegations about racial discrimination that Coleman revealed to the reporter, were published.

Unbeknownst to Coleman, an investigation was launched against him on alleged contraband violations; of cigarette smuggling- after he blew the whistle over a particular case involving a guard having written racial slurs in a magazine that a black inmate subscribed to, by federal mail.

This was the first significant act of legal retaliation toward Coleman's whistleblowing. The second would come the day he filed a lawuit over his wrongful termination, when a local prosecutor filed an already prepared 15-count indictment the same afternoon. It appears quite obvious that Oregon had launched its top level discrediting process; but in the case of William Coleman, they just didn't know who they were dealing with, or what they were up against. Coleman's ultimate legal success at beating the police allegations says a great deal about who is who in this story.

Testimony from Joe Salazar was used against two
black security officers; the only problem is that
Salazar has a violent criminal past- and he lied.

Coleman resigned his position at the prison in frustration and took a job about a year later as a state security guard for Oregon State Hospital (OSH), in October 2008.

Within his first two weeks of being hired, a state police detective named Greg Withers, who was involved in the 'contraband' case against Coleman, observed and recognized Coleman in his new position at OSH, and immediately proceeded to speak with Coleman's boss, Joe McCarthy, a friend of the OSP detective. Immediately after that, Coleman's schedule was changed from night shift to day shift. He was told by superiors at the state hospital that "they were aware of the investigation at the prison," and that they "were keeping an eye on (him)."

About two weeks later, while making their rounds, Coleman and another security guard observed a man on a child's bicycle 'bunny hopping' gravestones in a cemetery adjacent to OSH. The man who appeared very sketchy, suddenly approached the unmarked state security car. Fearing that the man had a weapon and was unaware they were state officers, Coleman jumped out of the car and scared the man away.

Joe Salazar was the cemetery gatekeeper. He has a criminal past, convicted of sex crimes involving minors and domestic assault. He is now facing serious new domestic abuse charges for a recent incident and is facing prison.

Coleman was fired that same day because Salazar said he and Gregory were "having sex" in the vehicle they were riding in. The accusation was taken very seriously by a Salem officer named Waymon Hubbard, and also by Coleman's boss Joe McCarthy. The unfounded allegations of a sex act between Gregory and Coleman were never mentioned to the very men whose reputations were being destroyed. They heard about the devastating accusations through the grapevine, after many others had already spread the lurid gossip.

The allegations were recorded on a police report and the Salem officer, Waymon Hubbard, took the report to the Oregon State Prison and showed it to the various officers Coleman had battled over racism. Coleman was not allowed to pick the same report up at the Salem Police Department, for unknown reasons. Still, the news about it was spreading like wildfire in the local law enforcement community and at the prison.

William Coleman's actual Wrongful Terminiation/Defamation lawsuit against the state hospital was filed July 1, 2009. The very same day, Marion County Prosecutor Brian Orrio filed a 15-count indictment against Coleman for smuggling contraband, specifically cigarettes, into the state prison when he worked there as a guard. This was William Coleman's reward for blowing the whistle on racism at the state prison.

This is about when Allan Gustafson decided to run an article about Coleman's lawsuit... Accused officer files lawsuit in a Separate State Case. It is interesting that he chose to begin with "Accused officer" as it clearly set the tone for any credibility Coleman had at that point.

Then the various agencies Coleman had approached for help, like BOLI and SAIF, began telling him that his stress wasn't related to the racism and corruption he experienced, but was more connected to the alleged crimes he had committed as a guard. Coleman says it was heartbreaking.

Then, the very next day the paper published the story, "Events in state suit disputed by witness", which if you read it, appears to clearly advocate for the state of Oregon's case. The writer portrays Salazar as a very credible witness, though he is a hardened criminal who, according to records, has been severely beating his wife over a 20-year period. Gustafson never once mentions the man's criminal history.

Then Coleman's court date for the 15 counts of smuggling cigarettes into the prison began. Coleman says time and time again he was approached with plea deals; each time he told them he would not accept what they offered. He took his case to a jury trial, and he was facing 40 years in prison if convicted.

The average human being does not have what it takes to put themselves through this kind of an ordeal, but Coleman did and with the testimony of a single African-American inmate, the jury unanimously found William Coleman Not Guilty on all counts. And all the while, Coleman's public defender, Suzanne Taylor, led him to believe that he would have three witnesses testify in the case. She only however, allowed one to be called.

For this momentous victory, a small article about Coleman appeared in the Statesman Journal several pages into the newspaper. Note that the accusation against Coleman, the "cigarette smuggling" charges, were resoundingly defeated in court. That means the whole thing was hogwash, and clearly was 100% retaliation against this man by both the Oregon Dept. of Corrections, and other state agencies. But that was front page news in the Statesman Journal.

That has been Coleman's history with Salem's newspaper. The problem is serious because Salem only has one daily newspaper and the older residents in particular, rely on it as their daily news source. When a news agency knows there are serious racial problems taking place in their area and they choose to ignore it, they are failing at their jobs. But when they actually work to protect the state, against a man who is clearly being heavily discriminated against, it seems to border on being criminally negligent.

In August 2010 a protest was held in front of the Statesman Journal over their racial values. Protesters called the paper out for racial biases and Coleman was only one of several people associated with the state DOC who spoke out about the paper's habit of ignoring serious documented racism and criminal corruption in the state prison system.

William Coleman and Skip Osborne at the
Statesman Journal protest.
Salem-News.com photo by Dexter Phoenix

The use of Joe Salazar as a supposedly credible witness against two state security officers with perfect records who were certified and had attended the law enforcement academy, is amazing. The fact that the paper never mentioned it was relying on the word of a felon whose past is downright disturbing, is even more bizarre.

The reporter, Allan Gustafson, defended his writing to Salem-News.com and said is is "standing by it". Frustrated with Gustafson, Coleman contacted his superior at the paper, Bill Church, who promptly hung on William Coleman after saying, "I don't have time to listen to your crap". This was the impetus behind the anti-Statesman Journal protest.

Oh, and the new case against Salazar, who is described by Salem Police as an "extremely dangerous" suspect who is "impossible to work with", never made print in the Statesman Journal.

Background on Salazar

Joe Salazar Jr. of Salem, Oregon, is a criminal now facing new charges of assaulting his wife. His record shows he is a lifetime wife beater. From there it gets worse. As the reports indicate, this is a man who has maintained a vicious cycle of abuse toward females.

This is the current case against the Statesman Journal's 'credible' witness

We already knew that he had a serious record. The simple fact is that this man who officials took so seriously was a tool in a bitter game of racist persecution. It is hard to see how any other scenario would account for the sequence of events that occurred. The debasing testimony of convict Joe Salazar, used to devastate the lives of two black men, never made sense. The report below tells a story of a man who has been, according to witness testimony and related convictions, a marauding woman beater who frequently threatens children.

From a 1993 report filed against Salazar by his wife.

In addition to the domestic abuse cited above, we knew he had served time in prison for sex crimes with a minor; we just didn't know why on earth Salem Police and the Statesman Journal chose to use this man's non credible statements about "two black men having sex in a car" to fry the reputation of William Coleman and Charles Gregory, whose lives were turned upside down by Salazar's accusations. For a long time Coleman says, everywhere he went, people began whispering amongst themselves when he approached.

The Statesman Journal article that made the wild accusations of a seemingly twisted criminal seem credible, brought the matter out into full public view, just in case anyone in Salem didn't know about it. The particular piece included in these images might deserve a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most poorly sourced article in history.


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Google Earth page of Lee Cemetery in Salem, Oregon

Here is what happened...

Coleman explains that after trying to change the way black prisoners were exploited and abused at the prison, by specifically documenting and reporting the racially prejudice incidents and filing complaints with prison officials, he finally resigned. He then took a job as a Security Officer with the Oregon State Hospital.

In his first 30 days of training, Coleman and Charles Gregory were patrolling the old Lee Cemetery adjacent to the state hospital in an official vehicle, when they observed an adult male on a child's size BMX bicycle, 'bunny hopping' gravestones, which the two guards believed was very disrespectful and also criminal.

Since the two guards weren't assigned to investigate cemetery crimes, they decided to park the state security vehicle to observe the individual on the bicycle, who was hooded and appeared "very shady" according to Coleman.

Then the man on the bike, who turned out to be Joe Salazar, rode up to the vehicle Coleman and Gregory were in. Coleman said, "He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and he looked like he was going to take a weapon out of his waistband."

Coleman says Gregory panicked and yelled, "He's getting a weapon!" Coleman leaped from the car and took the radio from his belt. He tried to make the suspect, Salazar, believe he had a gun. Coleman, a large individual with a serious presence, believes he placed genuine fear in Salazar, who peddled off in a hurry toward the front gate.

Then, Salazar, who turns out to be the volunteer gatekeeper for the cemetery, locked the gate- blocking the exit to the cemetery, which equates to holding an individual against their will.

His next move was to call Salem Police on a cell phone and make the accusation about one black man giving "oral sex" to another in the cemetery.

Salem Police rushed to the cemetery and Salazar then unlocked the gate to let them in. All the time Coleman and Gregory were detained, they were kept completely in the dark about what the problem even was. Coleman wouldn't learn about the sex allegation for ten days.

The damage to Coleman and Gregory's character from the homosexual sex allegation is so profound that it is not even measurable.

Sadly, we live in a society that is partly homophobic, and particularly in the law enforcement community, that can carry many unique judgments, most of which are adverse. Not to mention that both William Coleman and Charles Gregory were married men with children.

Today both live alone. Their reputations were drug through a gutter of perceived sexual depravity.

It seems clear from reading it, that the Statesman Journal article was designed to help Coleman and Gregory lose their wrongful termination case with the state. Reading the current charges listed below are also quite a statement for their credibility and news judgment.

The Statesman Journal willfully chose to use the words of this man to counter the points made by Coleman. There appears to be no other intent. They credit Salazar as though he is some kind of pillar in the community, and blatantly refused to cover the very serious issues Coleman brought forth.

The situations Coleman reported include:

  • Oregon State Prison staff played the violent movie "Downfall"; about the last days of Hitler's life in Nazi, Germany, for inmates. The movie is sympathetic toward Nazi's and has endless suicides and Heil Hitler salutes. Coleman and other guards say it incited racial violence that lasted in the prison for days. Conversely, the prison staff flatly refused to play the movie 'Malcolm X' in response.
  • Coleman told prison staff that one inmate, William "Dollar Bill" Thomas, threatened to "shank" another inmate, Clayton Howard, who is a jailhouse lawyer. In spite of his reports, the two were left in the population together and eventually, Dollar Bill stabbed Howard with an icepick, nearly killing him. The problem is that Thomas, a 'lifer' in for Murder, had shanked four black inmates prior to Howard, but was still living in the main population. Coleman says it is probably the only such situation in Oregon prison history. "We're talking about a guy that shanked four people, five counting Howard, all Attempted Murders. All African-American. If any of the people he attacked were white, he'd have been were he should be. He's supposed to be in IMU, Intensive Management Unit, for life, because he is so dangerous in the prison population. His intention is to hurt and kill, he's a tiger man, he wanted to kill. I call him bonecrusher, I've seen his work in prison files. They photographed his victim's injuries."
  • In another incident, a prison guard took an African-American inmate's People Magazine and scrawled racial messages on a story about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's adopting a small black child. The inmate, Terrence Kimble, tole Coleman about the racial attack and Coleman reported the incident to his superiors. He says they failed to react or to take measures to discipline the white guard who took a felt tip marker to the page before delivering it to Kimble. Coleman believed it was very serious and a violation of federal law as the magazine was legal mail. Kimble handed the magazine off and kept prison staff from getting it. It was eventually given to Coleman and that is why we are able to publish it today. This is just the tip of the iceberg; just Wednesday, we published an article about how Kimble's life was recently threatened by prison guards at the Snake River Correctional Facility in Eastern Oregon. He was transferred there after blowing the whistle on the racial scrawlings in the magazine, Coleman says, strictly as a matter of retaliation.

The Francke Similarity: Old Pattern in Oregon

Oregon's version of a good witness; Salazar with a life of domestic
abuse on his resume, and Jodie Swerengen, state witness to the 1989
Murder of Oregon Corrections Chief Michael Francke, as portrayed
in the movie, "Without Evidence" by Angelina Jolie. At the time,
Swerengen was 17, having a very hard time, and addicted to drugs.

There is an interesting thing about this case that has extremely close similarities to the conviction of Frank Gable, two decades ago, in the Murder of then Corrections Chief Michael Francke.

A frazzled underage drug addict was used to convict Gable, even though she told reporters the prosecution was threatening her with jail time if she didn't comply. She did, and now more than 21 years later, an innocent man languishes in prison.

Gable's conviction is so dubious that "America's Most Wanted" star John Walsh profiled the case in one of his TV episodes. So much for the credibility of Oregon's legal system.

Coleman was framed by a hardcore criminal in an alleged sex crime involving homosexual sex with his work partner. It seems that when the state needs to convict somebody they are willing to use these types of characters; drug addicts, criminals, etc., to get a conviction. What exactly does that say for the credibility of our state's legal system?

Media and Racism

The hate filled messages of newspapers in America's past ignited the fuel for almost a century of Jim Crow laws; as they published constant reminders of racial inequity; complicating in the path of generations of African Americans.

Coleman talking to a reporter about the magazine article with a guard's racial
scrawling, at the Statesman Journal protest.
Salem-News.com photo by Dexter Phoenix

It is the job of the press to uncover serious problems in society.

Salem, Oregon happens to have one heck of a prison population, and the problems these inmates live with affect all people of all races. Other than Salem-News.com, that population is mostly voiceless. Families all over this city are here because they have a loved one in prison, it is a fact. This is not an aspect of the community that should be overlooked, and prison corruption has a big impact on all Oregonians.

In the modern era, newspapers in southern U.S. states have actually exposed their own racial corruption in decades past. I suspect this will take place here in Oregon, but it will likely be another twenty years, and the "racist years" they will expose will be from the present time period.

The Statesman Journal newspaper as we have reported in the past, has a real reluctance to follow the trail of racial incidents reported specifically to Allan Gustafson by William Coleman.

William Coleman is a strong Christian and proponent of general moral standards. He is a person who operates within the limits of the law, who was suddenly surrounded by a very well entrenched system of corruption.

His efforts to bring about change have been thus far disappointing, but William Coleman is unrelenting and I believe he will see a better day here. For the most part he is getting a good fix on who won't work with an African-American whistleblower. You can count on us, but this is a much bigger story and it is only a matter of time before it goes to the next level. For now this saga is still mostly existing in the shadow of intolerance.

There are repeated obvious instances in modern American history where media encouraged racism. One of the darkest modern periods was the 1950's.

Then, like a storm, the Civil Rights Movement was on, and even if it was mostly television news, it was the national media that shifted the nation's consciousness over the prominence of racism.

This paragraph is from Exposing the Secrets of Mississippi Racism By Marcel Dufresne, published by American Journalism Review:

The media played a major role in the success of the Civil Rights movement. The media brought the inequalities and denials of basic civil rights in the South to the attention of the entire nation. America in the 1950s was still a fundamentally racist nation, but the NAZI horrors in Europe had made racism except in the South an untenable moral position. Even those with racist views would increasingly deny such views in polite society and increasingly rejected government policies restricting Black rights. Given this shift in White attitudes, media coverage of the exposing the brutalities of Southern racism and supression of legitimate Black expirations turned the conscious of a nation. While many if not most White Americans still harbored racist views, few outside the South favored denying Blacks the right to vote and other civil liberties. Most were horrified with the beatings, murders, and other brutalities exposed by the media. Many northern whites did not understand what was happening in the South. Here the new medium of televesion delivered powerful images to the nsation's living room. Print media was important, but it was television coverage that was central to the Civil Rights movement. Hollywood also played a role in changing attitudes. Civil Rights leaders were very aware of the impotance of the media. Dr. King wrote about the media coverage of the important effort he led in Birmingham, "The brutality with which officials would have quelled the black individual became impotent when it could not be pursued with stealth and remain unobserved. It was caught—as a fugitive from a penitentiary is often caught—in gigantic circling spotlights. It was imprisoned in a luminous glare revealing the naked truth to the whole world." The Klan and other viloent racists also knew about the importance of the media. Reporters were often targets for assaults.

The story is horrendous; Coleman's effort from the time he realized racism was a daily reality at the Oregon State Prison, immediately after starting his job there, was to document and expose the predominate behavior and bring about change.

He thought the local newspaper would be a tool of positive change, and that if he as a Corrections Officer was willing to step up and tell the truth of what was going on inside the prison, that they would jump on the opportunity. I can tell you from a lifetime in news, such men are rare. The Statesman could have been a hero for its community; a shining knight for justice and what is right, but it was not.

October 1991: Exposing the Secrets of Mississippi Racism By Marcel Dufresne - American Journalism Review


Previous Installments in this series:
Oct-27-2010: Inmate's Life Threatened by Staff at SRCI - Tim King Salem-News.com
Oct-21-2010:
Oregon Inmate Stabbing Victim Attacked Second Time - Tim King Salem-News.com
Sep-10-2010: Demonstrators Call Oregon State Hospital's Employment Practices Racist, Unacceptable - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-28-2010: Observations on Michael Francke's Murder, Frank Gable's Conviction, & the paid Confession of 'Shorty' Harden - Salem-News.com
Aug-25-2010: Whistleblower Blues: Man in the Hole - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-11-2010: Demonstrators Protest Local Newspaper Over Racism - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-05-2010: Evidence Shows Oregon Inmate Was Falsely Convicted - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-03-2010: Chicken Night at the Oregon State Penitentiary - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-21-2010: Eyes on the Oregon State Prison: Voicing Concern for an Inmate's Life - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-14-2010: State Prison Whistleblower Says Oregon Corrections is Blocking Federal Mail - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-05-2010 : A Denial of Civil Rights- Oregon's Collaboration in Racism Whistleblower Retaliation - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-26-2010: Getting Refamiliarized with the Murder of Michael Francke - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-23-2010: Local Media Downplayed Former Prison Guard's Struggle Against Racism - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-18-2010: Exposé: Skeletons Falling Out of the Closet of Oregon Corrections - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-17-2010: Scott McAlister: Child Porn-Related Conviction and Practicing Law - Tim King Salem-News.com
Great resources on the Michael Francke Murder:
Michael Francke - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Blue Oregon - Who killed Michael Francke?
FreeFrankGable.com
Ex-employee supports corruption claims - by Jim Redden Portland Tribune

Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.

Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. As News Editor, Tim among other things, is responsible for publishing the original content of 65 Salem-News.com writers. He reminds viewers that emails are easily missed and urges those trying to reach him, to please send a second email if the first goes unanswered. You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com




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katie lampke May 4, 2011 8:55 pm (Pacific time)

i would like to know why nobody from the state cares that there prison system treats people so bad, why do they allow there gaurds to laugh and call the in mate names and allow them to beat each other long enough to get off on there own injoyement? why are they allowed to be raicest in 2011 when it shouldnt even be a thought in ones mind after everything this country has gone through.


Anonymous March 9, 2011 6:38 pm (Pacific time)

You never know what juries are going to do. Also Coleman's entire history will be made available, so who knows what info this site has and not has? Our local and state governments always settle if they have a weak case, and that goes double for the feds...

Editor: William Coleman passed a great amount of background screening before ever being hired by Oregon Corrections.  He was charged with a criminal case and he beat it with a unanimous not guilty verdict.  What exactly are you suggesting will 'be made available'?  Bear in mind that state officials have tried very long and hard to destroy this man and they have not had success.  As to your second comment, there is no 'always' in anything, and ego can manipulate a government decision to fight a case just as a logical thought on winning also can influence a decision.  I will share this much; the state's plans for battling Coleman's case were squashed in court. 


Daniel December 16, 2010 7:48 am (Pacific time)

Tim thanks for this in-depth report !


Kelly November 8, 2010 11:50 pm (Pacific time)

why hasn't stateman Journal joined salem news on state issues cases? Someone is getting paid good. Doesn't the Stateman know that one day this is going to bite them in th A hole. Stateman Journal is showing bias, wow!!


Anonymous November 8, 2010 11:45 pm (Pacific time)

The state just gave away millions of dollars on a convict's word; a wife beater and a child molester, this is the worst case i seen so far in Oregon. How can the state defend this kind of mess?


Pam November 3, 2010 9:39 am (Pacific time)

I thought the Statesman Journal would print something by now about "Salazar" the state witness,  The Statesman is showing the world that they are biased when it come to racism toward black men that stand up for themselves against the state. Bill church hung up on Coleman when he attempted to talk about the racial incidents that took place in the prison, I agree with Jack's statement; Coleman showed the magazine article to a Statesman reporter, detailing what a racist officer had written in an inmate's magazine, It never made the paper... why? something needs to be done about this kind of treatment toward any human.


Anonymous November 3, 2010 1:26 am (Pacific time)

The state witness is a coward, "women beater" and a child "molester" if this case goes to court the state will regret it, what do you think a jury would say? The police report stated no crime took place. Mr. Coleman is by no means no homosexual. Wow!!!


Jack November 3, 2010 1:12 am (Pacific time)

I see Mr. Coleman explaining to the Statesman Journal reporter about the hate message written on the article, How come the Stateman didn't put that in the paper? The state is paying them well to not report the truth about racism in the prisons. SJ prints a convict's story about Coleman just to weaken his case. This is n conspiracy.


Anonymous November 2, 2010 2:49 pm (Pacific time)

The state witness is the gatekeeper of a grave yard? And he does this job for free and has no other job.Sounds fishy. Salem PD what were you thinking to allow this criminal to lock up 2 officers with clean records? It says here there was "no crime", so it makes no sense.. Looks like the state screwed up and now they'll have to pay.  Great job guys, we tax payers really appreciate paying the bill for your bad judgement!


Anonymous November 2, 2010 2:35 pm (Pacific time)

I have read the series on DOC corruption. In Mr. Coleman's case he's clearly the enemy of the state- hands down!!!  I can't believe this is going on in Oregon in 2010. I hope Coleman's situation brings about change.


Fred Johnson November 2, 2010 2:22 pm (Pacific time)

I was thinking of being a prison guard in Oregon, and I'm having second thoughts now after reading Mr, Coleman's experience, no way in hell. I hope Mr. Coleman's case can bring about change, then maybe i will consider the job if i'm not too old by then.


Anonymous November 1, 2010 11:41 am (Pacific time)

Hey will, hang in dog.. not that it fixes what has happened already but, you will get paid..... bunch of white supremacist hillbillies, our kids will see the change even if we don't...


Anonymous October 31, 2010 5:01 pm (Pacific time)

billy jean,, yes me too.. anonymous @ 1258 am, because they can and do all the time...take it from someone who knows from the inside... at all levels..


Yvonne Heinrichs October 31, 2010 9:55 am (Pacific time)

The abuse of black Prison Guard William Coleman at Oregon State Prison equates with what happened to black prisoner Cornelius Brown during the 1990's. A known extremely violent prisoner from Nebraska was transferred to Oregon State Prison. Prisoners who are known to be violent are supposed to be housed in secure areas where dangerous potential weapons are not available. Instead the prson assigned the violent man to work in the furniture factory close to Cornealius Brown where all kinds of potential weapons (tools) were available. The violent Nebraska import used a metal 'tool' to violently stab Cornealius Brown in the head while trying to kill him. Fortuneatly Brown was taken to Salem Hospital and survived. Brown was returned to the prison where he survived for another two years. Cause of death is questionable. The violent Nebraska prisoner was sent to another prison. Just another example of Oregon State Prison tactics!


Billy Jean October 31, 2010 1:05 am (Pacific time)

Stateman Journal is getting pay good not to print the truth about prison stories, i hope they all get fired!!!


Anonymous October 31, 2010 12:58 am (Pacific time)

How does the state think they can get away with this, they hired Mr. Charles back to work and not Coleman?  It shows they were wrong for firing either of these guys. The state's witness is a woman beater on record and may serve prison time. OSH, the Stateman Journal and Salem PD took the criminal's word over two state security officers, only because they were black, if theses officers were white, the criminal would have been arrested for attempted robbery.  The officers would have still have their jobs. This is total racism.


Anonymous October 30, 2010 3:57 pm (Pacific time)

Deputy Landers doesn't feel he must follow due process because, he's a Peace Officer.(big deal) so was i... Landers threatened to enter my home and arrest me without any evidence of a crime being committed by myself.. (in his words) because he can! not a very smart dep..as my wife and two teenage kids listened to his every word from inside our vehicle... dim bulb! then his supervisor (shift Sgt..)tried to intice me into criminating myself under the gise that i was making threats because i called to report his actions and request the number to IA.. ( internal affairs) another dim bulb... def never went to a california law enforcement academy...


Anonymous October 29, 2010 5:39 pm (Pacific time)

What did Deputy Landers do, exactly? There really ARE too many corrupt fuzz...


Anonymous October 29, 2010 3:37 pm (Pacific time)

Law Enforcement backed by the corrupt legal system in this state, Truly think they are above it all.. right? Deputy Landers...


Anonymous October 29, 2010 3:30 pm (Pacific time)

I knew it was more information to this case, this is the state witness, shame on Oregon.


Luke Easter October 29, 2010 2:05 pm (Pacific time)

If a malicious witness takes the stand to accuse a man of a crime, the two men involved in the dispute must stand in the presence of the judges who are in office at the time. The judges must make a thorough investigation, and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against his brother, then do to him as he intended to do to his brother (Deut. 19:15-19). The same principle is mentioned or given by example in a number of other Old Testament passages. The principle says that one should not believe something without corroborating evidence, and that one who deliberately promotes falsehood is guilty of sin.


Anonymous October 29, 2010 10:32 am (Pacific time)

Keep up the good fight.

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