from Portland Tribune
Last week, when Mayor Tom Potter blamed his staff for not interrupting his vacation to notify him of the controversial death in custody of James Chasse Jr., it was déjà vu all over again.
In 1992, police accidentally shot and killed 12-year-old Nathan Thomas while Potter was chief of police. Potter was on vacation and did not immediately return to town, claiming he did not learn about the incident for 11 days because his hotel in Mexico had no telephone.
But in 2004, while running for mayor, Potter told a different story to the Willamette Week, admitting the hotel did have a telephone – and blaming his staff for not calling him.