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American Hero Chains Himself to Military Recruiting Center

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American Hero Chains Himself to Military Recruiting Center
American Hero Chains Himself to Military Recruiting Center
Shortly after 8 o'clock Thursday morning, an unidentified antiwar activist locked himself to the front of the US military recruiting center at 1317 NE Broadway in Portland, Oregon.

Arriving just before the center was scheduled to open, the man used fifty pounds of chains to lock himself down in silent, peaceful protest against the US war on Iraq. The chains extended from the man's body to both doors of the recruiting center, preventing them from being opened.

A handful of onlookers stood nearby while rush hour traffic streamed by in the direction of the Broadway Bridge into downtown Portland. Several motorists who passed the scene honked their horns and waved in a show of support for the action.

After locking himself down, the man called in to a broadcast of a KBOO-FM morning show hosted by Alan Graf and JoAnn Bowman. Graf and Bowman were discussing the actions of officers of the Portland Police Bureau since the American war on Iraq began eight days ago. The call was broadcast live over the air.

Within minutes a large contingent of Portland police reached the scene. A phalanx of at least eight officers established a tight perimeter around the man, refusing to allow any members of a growing crowd to see or speak to him. A number of motorcycle police stood nearby.

When asked by an independent media journalist what was taking place behind the line of police an officer answered, "He is being given a choice."

Two police officers were seen kneeling down and speaking to the man, presumably trying to determine whether there was a key on the scene to unlock the chains.

After about an hour, the man revealed to police that the key was hidden in a planter box outside a restaurant at the corner of NE 13th Avenue and Broadway. Police unlocked the chains and the man was lead to a waiting police car and taken to jail.

The attached photo was taken moments after the man called in to speak to Graf and Bowman at KBOO. When the photo was taken, police had not yet arrived on the scene.
Resized photo 27.Mar.2003 12:45

Roving Indy

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update? 27.Mar.2003 13:53

charges?

Why did he tell them where the key was instead of forcing them to cut the chains? Did they threaten him with heftier charges?

People are good 27.Mar.2003 18:47

Dade Cariaga

Seeing people go to these lengths to be heard is both sad and heartening. Sad, because it is a crying shame that our government forces citizens to resort to such measures and still will not acknowledge them. Heartening, because, by God, the injustice of this war just will not stand, and I'm reminded in my daily despair, that I am not alone.

Peace.

Dade

Truth 27.Mar.2003 19:06

...something some people care little about

"Within minutes a large contingent of Portland police reached the scene. A phalanx of at least eight officers established a tight perimeter around the man, refusing to allow any members of a growing crowd to see or speak to him. A number of motorcycle police stood nearby."

Not true. There were 6 officers in a semi-circle, leaving large gaps between them. Nobody was prevented from seeing or filming the man or the officers talking to him. Nobody was prohibited from talking to him, and in fact he was being interviewed for quite awhile after the police arrived.

"Two police officers were seen kneeling down and speaking to the man, presumably trying to determine whether there was a key on the scene to unlock the chains."

True.

"After about an hour, the man revealed to police that the key was hidden in a planter box outside a restaurant at the corner of NE 13th Avenue and Broadway."

Not true. He immediately revealed the location of the key. There was no "about an hour". He was given the option of giving up the key and leaving with a citation or forcing the police to cut him away and going to jail. He chose the citation and told police where the key was. Total time from police arrival to the man getting unlocked was 10 minutes.

"Police unlocked the chains and the man was lead to a waiting police car and taken to jail."

Not true. He was walked to a police car (without handcuffs), driven a block away so the citation could be written without interference from onlookers, and released.

Was this written by an Oregonian reporter, perhaps?

Re: Iraqi Traitor 27.Mar.2003 19:08

Alex blackhawk2001@dr-dre.com

In response to Vera Katz...

Freeloving people under God? Ultimate evil? You didn't by any chance be shuttled through from the 18th century did you?

Do you also believe that murder is civil and that you are entitled to use it in the name of "God"? That's what the people from your time did. Your freeloving people are responsible for the destruction of many civilisations, ironically it was in the name of "civilisation" and "God".

But then again, I should not be so surprised that you said this. After all, you do believe in God. I have observed that a lot people who do believe in God tend to be much more "Evil" because they think God will just automatically forgive them and will probably join in on the punishment you exact on some poor unsuspecting child in Iraq (or the many other subjugated states) because they are all supposedly "Communist Paedophiles". Another irony is that a lot of the paedophiles that have been arrested, charged, sentenced and sued have been Catholic or some other religious denomination... in other words, they believe in God. God is the perfect excuse to commit more evil, true evil.

What is true evil? Sure murder comes under that category. So does rape and paedophilia. Definitely the physical actions! I also think the psychological ones should come under there like propoganda. After all, if murder is evil and to hate is to murder, then hate is evil as well. In the Western world, the one-sided corporate media is bombarding us with anti-Arab propoganda. Encouraging our children to hate their brothers and sisters in that part of the world in the name of "Freedom", "Patriotism" and of course "God" (the same God that they believe in as well).

I think true evil is to manipulate the next generation into giving up their basic humanity. To encourage the rampant absence of empathy and compassion that comes with cursing them with the hatred of this generation. Denying them the right to forge their destiny in order to do the selfish bidding of this generation, a generation that will be dead soon.

true/not true 27.Mar.2003 19:53

roving indy

To truth:

I will not respond to each of your remarks about the true/not true breakdown of this story, but will say this:

It has been a terribly long week of police violence in the city of Portland and around the world in Iraq. We are all tired, including me. I heard the call to KBOO and was in the neighborhood, so I thought, I'll stop by.

The man was taken into custody 'about an hour' after he locked himself to the building.

The police have been using the tactic of encircling any detainees (even detainees who detains themSELVES first by chaining themselves to a building). Perhaps as a jobless, professional protestor (just kidding!), you have become inured to the threatening stance the police take on the scene of something like this. The attitude, and projection, is, "Confront us at your own peril."

Of course people could see and talk to him if they wanted to. The point is, the police are trained to block the view of the action so, for example, that people passing on the sidewalk take the OTHER SIDE of the street and those that are driving by just a few feet away are unlikely to see anything at all but a bunch of stonefaced cops. Try to 'interfere' and you face a brutal beating of your own.

One man continually asked the cops if they would care to comment on the man's act and none replied or even came close to making eye contact. I was stunned when one of them answered me even once. "What's happening now? Think I can get an interview with him?" I could have been violently taken down and hauled off for taking such an attitude with the police of Portland.

I did not report that he was in handcuffs. I wrote, "Police unlocked the chains and the man was lead to a waiting police car and taken to jail."

He was driven away in the direction of downtown and the cops slowly dispersed. I did not elect to follow the parade to their destination. Perhaps I should have and I would have known he had been cited and released, if he was. If so, kudos to the police who cited him rather than rewarding him with a face full of spray and a dislocated shoulder, or other injuries, like so many others in town this week. Perhaps some of them realize that this is not about cops vs. protestors, as Senator Minnis would have us believe.

Thanks for the flame. Truly. It makes me pause to think about the issue of accuracy and the impact it has on people who witness nearly exactly the same event and come away with such different views on what they have seen. I will keep that in mind as I continue my work.

Take care.

To Update? Charges? 28.Mar.2003 00:44

A

I don't know why he revealed the location of the key so quickly either. Perhaps it would have been better to say, "Break the lock yourselves."

The story says the policeman who answered a question said, "He is being given a choice."

I think that is a strong implication.

In other words, "Do you want to go hard or easy?"

Having seen what the Portland cops are doing to people merely standing on sidewalks these days, he may have felt he had made his statement and would be wiser to walk away with them, rather than go upside down by his wrists with a face full of chemical weapons.

Some people are more hard core than others.

I applaud him (LOUDLY) for his action and his strong example.

Trout's own words 28.Mar.2003 08:29

paranoia makes better news

Trout himself described the discussion in another thread. He clearly said the officers told him that if he told them where the key was they'd release him with a citation, and if they had to cut him loose they would take him to jail instead. Since Trout had accomplished what he wanted already, he chose the citation.

Trout gave no indication that there were any threats, or that he felt threatened in any way.

As much as you may want it to be true, this incident was an example of a very reasonable person against the war and very reasonable cops doing their job.

idiocy abounds 28.Mar.2003 11:14

Ed

Looks like another idiot protester chaining himself to the recruiting station.
If you people truly love the Iraqis so much..try donating your time/money/blood to the Red Cross or Mercy NW.

Response to Ed 28.Mar.2003 23:00

Laura

Idiot Protester? Hardly seems very fair. And it isn't about "us" people "loving Iraqis," it is about loving peace, and all people. That includes our troops. On that note, the labels of "anti-war" and "pro-troops" disturbs me greatly. Are we not all pro-troop? Isn't our point to send home these wonderful men and women? Just a thought.....