s unarmed and his death has ignited Portland, as this was the most recent instance of the killing of an unarmed person of color at the hands opf the PPD.|
A couple articles on this issue from Portland Independent Media Center
Pervasive Culture of Violence in Portland Police Bureau Leads to Killing
And a report from the Rally posted to Indymedia:
Educational Material Handed Out at Rally for James Perez
I arrived about an hour late and managed to record about the last hour of the speakers. The crowd was large and vocal, and loudly protested this latest unnecessary death of a loved one from their midst. The speakers demanded justice, they demanded that the officer involved be punished, they acknowledged that, though Perez was an African American, this issue was one for all colors, and that only by reacting as a unified community could the institutionalized violence in the PPD, and other city police departments be nuetralized.
Speaker after speaker urged folks to register to vote, urged that their interest be sustained beyond this most recent outrage, urged them to protect their children from future tragedies. Towards the end of the speaker's remarks reference was made as to the compostion of the gathering. All the colors of humanity, the red, the black, the yellow and the white stood beside their black brothers and sisters in this their moment of grief and pain. The young, the old, all classes, all colors, all united in their support for the families and criticism of Portland Police behavior in this instance as well as a long list of similar homicides over the years.
This file, a partial recording of the speakers, is about 50 minutes in length.
In Memory of James Jahar Perez