At the rally for Jahar Perez on Sunday, Joe "Bean" Keller spoke eloquently on behalf of his own family, and the families of many others who have been touched by the violence of the Portland police bureau. In the course of his speech, he mentioned a website, www.ppbcomplaint.com, devoted to the story of Deonte and the continuing violence of the police state.
I checked the site, and found that, indeed, he makes a good case that police lied and covered up important facts relative to Deonte's murder. I refer readers to the site to learn more. This is a story that is both sad and outrageous, as are so many acts of violence committed by the police.
While searching the site, however, I discovered something else that is quite alarming. The site is being attacked, and it appears to be police officers who are doing the attacking. Spammers are railroading discussions into silence, the way they once did here before the compost bin. Here's a small sample, cut and pasted as-is from the original posts:
"Based on recent events, I guess it's socially acceptable if they [African Americans] commit genocide. However, when they threaten the life of a white police officer, then get what they deserve, they're flippin martyrs. YOU PEOPLE MAKE ME SICK! Shame on you! It's easy to criticize those that scarifice so much to protect you while you sit on your government provided couches, in your government provided housing, eating your government provided food, watching your government provided t.v. If you want change, how about raising honest, law abiding citizens?"
"Cops don't shoot for fun. They shoot to protect. I gaurantee if Kendra and the latest dumbass would have acted like respectable citizens, they would still be alive today."
"Joe Bean, your mantra is "Police Brutality" but where are your stats to back-up your claims (see Koin 6 6:00 pm newscast on 03/07/04)? [CW note: see how they use the corporate media to butress thier attack? Isn't that convenient.]All of the documents you've posted regarding the boy you claim to be your son back the justification for his death. Your only argument is that the police must have lied. I've got news for you, you low life coward. Those officers took an oath to serve amd protect the Constitution of our great nation. They also signed up to work the war zone we call NE Portland. They actively engaged an armed suspect in a driveby shooting. He pointed a gun at them as he FLED! He already shot up his own neighborhood, then he poinyted a gun at the cops. I'd say he was a grave threat to the safety of everyone around him. I'd take their word over yours."
I should not be surprised that the Portland police have an interest in silencing this story. But somehow, their brazenness shocks me. Can they really believe the public will be supportive of this harassment? I guess they figure that if they can shoot unarmed Black people down in the streets, a little barrage of racist hate-mongering on a website is nothing.
I urge indy readers to check out the site. That's www.ppbcomplaint.com. The information Mr. Keller has gathered concerning the police killing of Deonte is important information. It was never given voice in the corporate media, and it's worth hearing. And the effort of Portlant police officers to disrupt the site is an interesting study in the inner workings of racism within the PPB.