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Treesit at U of P at the morning CFA press conference - 3 treesitters and 2 arrests of bystanders

A treesit went up Tuesday morning at the Cascadia Forest Alliance press conference that was held at the U of P Campus. The 3 treesitters were arrested when they came down. At least 2 people attending the event have been arrested. One was for tresspassing on the property of the Public Safety Building, which ironically, is privately owned. Police say they warned people earlier, but one eyewitness says the person arrested had just arrived and so could not know whether the police had warned people or not. More details to follow.
A treesit went up Tuesday morning at the Cascadia Forest Alliance press conference that was held at the U of P Campus. The 3 treesitters were arrested when they came down. At least 2 people attending the event have been arrested. One was for tresspassing on the property of the Public Safety Building, which ironically, is privately owned. Police say they warned people earlier, but one eyewitness says the person arrested had just arrived and so could not know whether the police had warned people or not. More details to follow.
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What I saw 19.Aug.2003 15:49

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Today at the University Of Portland myself, some corporate media, and a few other indymedia journalists went out to cover the event. Before the press conference could start though the director of security for the University of Portland ordered that the lawn everyone was standing on were to move so it could be mowed. An interesting tactic if I do say so which bothered the hell out of the corporate media because after that they all had to cram onto the sidewalk, battling for space among themselves.

Five wonderful speeches were given to denounce George W. Bush and his visit to Oregon to promote his "healthy forest initiative." Among Them were CFA, PPRC, Code Pink, and the Portland Alliance to name a few.

To our surprise, the Portland Police, and the University of Portland Security patrolling the area, a tree-sit was well underway. After the press conference a banner drop was held from a tree one block south of the main entrance to the University of Portland on N Portsmouth.

Police (ten officers in all including U of P security) began to tape off the area with crime scene tape to block off any pedestrian traffic from entering the immediate area around the tree-sit.

Slowly but surely after it was announce the tree-sitters began to lower their belongings, bag after water bottle. Police then took their things and put them into their police cars.

While waiting I decided to go film a few army soldiers I noticed that were walking west in a parking lot away from the tree-sit. As I got closer I watched them enter a building called the "Public Safety" building which made me wonder, so I moved to get in closer. I got right next to the building and started to film the sign on the wall of the building itself when the director of security (a large african american man) walked out of the building and told me I had to leave immediately. I then asked him why and he just answered with "you don't belong here" throwing his hands wildly in front of my camera while I was taping him in the process of walking away.

Following me off the landing area I asked the director why I couldn't be around what seemed to be a public building. The director just answered back with, "get off the property or you will be arrested for trespassing."

I crossed the street and soon discovered that my battery for my camera was now dead. Now feeling like a fool that I didn't charge my camera I found some shade and started to watch the police go through the tree-sitters belongings from across the street.

A little while goes by and a tree-sitter is arrested. While police were in the process of doing that a tri-met bus was blocked in from it's normal route because of the crime scene tape that was put up. Ironically an ad for logging was on the side of the bus adding fuel to the flame as members of CFA and others took note.

After about twenty minutes two UPPS bike patrol officers by the names of officer Schinnerer and officer Kranyak came over to two young women and said that they were to be arrested for trespassing. When the two women asked how that could possibly be officer Schinnerer told them that, "look, you had been given a warning before not to be on the property and you violated that warning. I'm not going stand here and argue with you."

As it turns out the two women had not trespassed and pleaded with the officers that they had made a mistake. I personally can vouch for one of them who had arrived later into the tree-sit who had no warning and was not aware of any had been given.

Officer Shinnerer then said, "okay I will let you off with a warning" and them took off on his bike with is partner.

About ten minutes later just as the last of the three tree-sitters had came down from the tree officer Shinnerer, along with officer Kranyak, and officer Zajac of the Portland Police with his sergeant came back to inform the two women that they were now to be arrested.

This whole time mind you there are people all over the place walking to and from the campus without any warning or attention by police and/or security. It seems to this Indymedia reporter that they were singled out by the police.

Not giving their names the women were carted off and driven away by police while those supporting them cheered them on in solidarity reminding everyone there that Portland is ready to say no to bush.

up protest/arrests 20.Aug.2003 22:22

no fan of bush, treasurer freedom of speech, 60's survivor

far be it from me to interject here, i am as frustrated and angry that bush is pres as any of you.but please remember that some of the "holy cops" are students who are not used to this sort of event. they work on campus to assist thepublic, students and faculty. they lock and unlock doors, ecsort people to dorms at night, run injuries to the hospital, assist with car trouble etc.visitors to the campus have always been required to obtain a visitors pass-even parents when on campus. you get this at the u of p "public Safety Building" located on campus. the student officers are students first, their paychecks go to paying for their education. all qualify because their parent/s meet the income requirements for opportunity grants etc. these kids would not be able to afford the education they seek any other way. some are minorities. some are in a so called big city for the first time in their lives and are seeing this kind of first amendment exercise for the first time. so please remember that some of the holy cops are just kids-not all are catholic or rich-many strongly protest issues on campus.kate a friend's family member did speak her mind, but loved all people equally. that showed in her life's work. she ironically detested violence, was not afraid to stand up for what she believed in using her words as her show of force. there is an opportunity here to show many people how peaceful protest can work as effectively as what is known to many as portland protest. it's amazing to me that you feel obliged to have watch groups to watch the cops as well as the protesting groups. implies all expect trouble injury damage as a norm.....teach the children well.....their fathers' hell