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Press Release Announcing New Law Suits Against the City of Portland

Announcing a press conference at City Hall at 12 PM April 17th Thursday regarding upcoming law suits against the City of Portland over the heavy-handed tactics of the Portland Police Bureau.
Victims of Police Attacks During the Recent Protests Against the Iraq War
Announce the Filing of Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits Against the City of
Portland, Mayor Vera Katz, Police Chief Mark Kroeker, Mark Kruger and
Joe Hanousek

Press Conference April 17th, 2003 12 noon,
City Hall ( 4th Ave. )

For Immediate Release
Contact Info:
Alan Graf, Attorney at Law
503-452-2375
 peopleslawyer@qwest.net

Plaintiffs Randy Lyon, Miranda May and William Ellis

The National Lawyers Guild attorneys representing their named clients below will be filing law suits against the City of Portland, its mayor, Vera Katz, the Chief of Police, Mark Kroeker, Sgt. Mark Kruger, Officer Joe Hanousek and several yet-to-be-named police officers for their violent actions against peaceful protesters and a engineer for KATU for actions that occurred during demonstrations in downtown Portland during the month of March 2003.

The protestors involved in this notice to file lawsuits were acting legally and were exerting their First Amendment right to protest on the sidewalk.

The KATU engineer involved in this notice was helping his crew film the protests and was acting legally as well exerting his First Amendment right of freedom of the press. The Portland Police have provided no justifiable reason for their behavior since the event.

These particular incidents coupled with reports from legal observers evince a pattern and practice of brutality and disrespect by the Portland Police Bureau for the rights of peaceful protestors. The incidents also evince attempts by the PPB to cover up their misdeeds by intimidating members of the press who have attempted to cover the protests. At a previous incident, a camera-woman was pepper sprayed in the eyes by the PPB as she was attempting to
video-tape misconduct by the PPB.

Mayor Katz publicly worries about the costs of the police actions against the protestors.

The Mayor should be aware that the costs associated with these protests are in large part tied to the over-reaction and heavy handedness of the PPB.

One cost that the Mayor does not mention is the cost of the destruction of democracy in this town.

The National Lawyers Guild poses this question to the Mayor:

How much is the Bill of Rights worth, Mayor Katz?

What dollar amount would you assign to the First Amendment?

A copy of a videotape of these events of are available to the
press upon request.

address: address: 1020 SW Taylor St., Ste. 370, Portland Oregon 97205

police to court? 17.Apr.2003 12:54

Zak Attack

Taking the PPB to court is VERY DANGEROUS. They will try to run the lives of everybody in the complaint. The portland city attorney is very shrewd and cruel. They also have unlimited amounts of resources.

PPB Actually Small and Weak 17.Apr.2003 15:01

volksfront sux

While you may wish to give a little consideration to Zak Attack's concerns, please know that the PPB and city government do NOT have "unlimited amounts of resources." The only way to have "unlimited amounts of resources" is to walk in truth and beauty as you are doing now. Please, keep up the good work! Don't let fear rob you and stay strong.

Sue their asses 17.Apr.2003 17:01

Glad

Unless we want to all be slaves, we have to sue their asses until they pay for their crimes against the good people of this city...

Take 'em in! 17.Apr.2003 17:05

Sephiroth

Take those pigs to court...We cannot let their attitudes and tendencies cower us out...I bet the police involved actually want us to think the stuff that Zak Attack thinks just so we won't put up a fight. Well let's prove them wrong -- show the real strength of the people to demand justice and curtail abuse in the community...Positions of authority are like weapons in a sense and should be subject to controls from the outside to prevent corruption from staying in for long. Don't get mad, get "even" to balance the scales once again!

Take 'em in! 17.Apr.2003 17:08

Sephiroth

Take those pigs to court...We cannot let their attitudes and tendencies cower us out...I bet the police involved actually want us to think the stuff that Zak Attack thinks just so we won't put up a fight. Well let's prove them wrong -- show the real strength of the people to demand justice and curtail abuse in the community...Positions of authority are like weapons in a sense and should be subject to controls from the outside to prevent corruption from staying in for long. Don't get mad, get "even" to balance the scales once again!

Police 17.Apr.2003 17:56

Zak Attack

I am speaking so because I tried to sue Portland and the PPB and almost got DEPORTED to Syria. I had to dismiis my Fedral case or I would be in fedral detention right now. It does not seem possible, but its true. I never thought it would happen, I was saying exactly what you people are saying. If it was possible to take "CITY HALL" to court, then why does it not happen more often. It only happens in a very very small number of times. Maybe some of you should ask COP WATCH how many lives have been ruined because of trying to hold "CITY HALL" acountable. It sucks, it crushed me, but its TRUE. Im not saying dont fight, but people should understand WHAT they are fighting. They should be prepared to answer in DEPOSITIONS to ANY ASPECT of their ENTIRE lives and the lives of their parrents, family and friends. They should understand that all of the above people will also be put at risk. TRUST ME, "CITY HALL" would not pay out a dollar no matter what the cause or need without a fight to the end. At least these people should get guidence from Portland COP WATCH. If I had not talked to people like Dan Handleman, I would be "up the creek" right now.

UNLIMITTED RESORCES for INFORMATION and TIME.

Strength in Numbers 17.Apr.2003 18:06

leviticus

It's hard to believe there is much recent precedent for the number and intensity of Police abuse of power in such a short span of time with so many witnesses and supporters.

Strength in numbers. Stick together. You can win.

There are more of us 18.Apr.2003 15:10

Than there are of them

Yes, fascism is rising in America. This is what it looked like when the Nazi's began consolidating power. The useless thugs of society slip on their brown shirts or their robo-cop uniforms, and ride the fascism train.

Just remember where Moussolini is now. Remember where Hitler is now. Remember where all ruthless tyrants wind up. As surely as the Nazi's have been discredited and must hang their heads in SHAME for what they did, so shall the pigs in the robo-cop uniforms.

Groupthink is a dangerous thing. Combined with the ignorance and greed of a fast food culture, it is formidable indeed. All the billy bobs and the brownshirted pigs will stab us in the backs if they get the chance.

BUT there are MORE of us than there are of them. We will stand together, and we will watch each others' backs, and we will not give them our souls. It will be a long, difficult struggle. But we are ready for it.

Conformation of crooked cops and jaded judges 13.Nov.2003 13:29

Bruce Ellis woodbutcher@gbronline.com

My family has been in Portland for four generations and I being the fourth have heard all kinds of horror stories about the Portland Police Bureau. Their conduct of violence, oppression has been going on since the inception of Portland becoming a munincipality in the middle nineteenth century

Yes, I have two lawsuits against these thug, bully cops and plan to file a third by the end
of this year. I believe if enough lawsuits are filed and a realistic police review board is implemented with teeth in it to terminate bad cops, we as a populace of this fair city can move on to be a model city in that the present, corrupt morals and brutality of the Portland Police Bureau can be put in check. BRUCE

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