In November, the Streetroots headline concerned the apprehension of a 16 year old youth with the use of an AR-15 assault rifle. The story was met with a variety of responses. Many passers by simply could not believe their eyes when they took a glance at the headlines and had to buy a copy to read the details of the story. Consequently, the paper sold out and more copies had to be run off. However, vendors have also reported harrasment from police officers and memebers of the general public. Streetroots has been critisized for becoming a forum to bash the police.
One man even took it upon himself to throw a cup of coffee over Jeff a Streetroots vendor who usually sells the paper on the PSU campus.
As the author of the article I would like to state that it was not intended to offer any "opinion" about the conduct of the police. The purpose was simply to report on an incident that actually took place. The intent was to keep the public infomred to events that were not covered by other media.
Furthermore, Streetroots is not out to "bash" the police. The goal of the paper is to provide a voice to disenfranchised people and highlight homeless issues to the people of Portland. By being homless, a person will have inevitable contact with the police and it is up to the paper to cover this relationship.
It should also be noted that the paper aims to provide a source of income to the vendors but the vendors do not neccesarily hold the opinion of all the writers/reporters. The vendors are not answerable to the content of the paper or the stories it covers. If people have problems concerning the content of the stories they can contact the newsroom with the phone number, address and email addresses provided at the front of each issue.