Twice last night, I was assaulted by the police. In the interest of having a solid case and a good resolution, I am not yet posting a description of what happened. In order to make my case, however, it would be very helpful if anyone caught the assaults on camera or video, or if anyone was a witness to what happened.
If you saw police misconduct, please take the time to write down what happened. Please save your tapes and develop your film. Watch, listen, and look at your videos, tapes, and pictures. If you can do so with any accuracy, note the times at which the things you saw or recorded took place. Please call 503-236-7916, and tell them that you have evidence and/or testimony regarding police misconduct. Please also tell them your name (or a pseudonym) and phone number.
If you were assaulted, pleace call the same number - 503-236-7916 - and tell them your name and phone number. Again, if you get voice-mail, leave a message. Also, contact the Portland Police Bureau's Independent Police Review Division, at 503-823-0146, and ask them for a complaint form - you want to file a citizen's complaint regarding officer misconduct. (You may also be able to get the form at http://ci.portland.or.us/auditor/ipr/ - their web site has been having some trouble, perhaps due to a server overload, but they are working on getting it back up.)
Dealing with the emotional repercussions of having been involved in an assault - on either end or as an observer - is another thing entirely. Get help with that - talk and cry with people, including possibly a professional therapist.
DISCLAIMER: This is not legal, medical, or psychiatric advice. For any of those, speak with a person that you trust who is licensed in the appropriate field.
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