It was reported that demonstrators had gathered 'to taunt Bush and his
supporters'. This is clearly an attempt to belittle the demonstrators, and
their very real concerns and issues which they were attempting to voice on
the streets of downtown, when they were violently stopped by the Portland
It was reported that it was the 'first time in memory that officers had used
rubber bullets in Portland for crowd control'. That's absolutely not true,
unless memory doesn't extend before May 1st, 1999, when Portland Police shot
dozens of rubber bullets into non-violent demonstrators downtown.
Police Chief Mark Kroeker was quoted as saying that Portland police officers
didn't shoot any rubber bullets. But, this photojournalist is very sure that
it was a uniformed member of the Portland Police Department who aimed, and
shot him just two days ago, when photography was the only action he was
It was reported that police were attempting to move a barricade when a patrol
car drove into the crowd of demonstrators, but the barricade had already been
moved, and no further attempts were being made when the police car recklessly
drove into the crowd. At the point when said car did plow into the
demonstrators, the bullets and pepper spray had already been shot at people
who were guilty of no crime, and certainly no violent act.
The reaction of a few protestors, pounding on the windows of the patrol car,
and attempts to hold it back, were spurned by the facts that they had just
been shot, and that a car was attempting to drive into them.
It is shameful that the Oregonian reported such an inaccurate account of the
demonstration. All of the recent government activity should have set them in
watchdog mode, but clearly, the Oregonian has become a lapdog.