The CRC has been in possession of Ellis' street video for weeks. What's new this night at the appeal hearing is the video played for the committee by Ellis' attorney Steven J. Sherlag, video shot by an officer from the Portland Police Bureau's Identification/Criminalistics Division. On this video, an unidentified officer from the Portland Rapid Response Team (RRT) tells the police cameraman to point the camera at 'the guy [Ellis] with the sign'. The same officer then tells the cameraman that he was told that Ellis is a 'leader' of the protestors, which attorneys say may be a violation of state law outlawing police monitoring of non-criminal suspects.
Moments later the police video captures a third angle of Ellis' arrest, this one from the passenger seat of an RRT truck carrying a squad of riot police down SW 5th Avenue.
After hearing Ellis' appeal, during which Sherlag displayed video of the incident on a wall of the Committee's meeting room, a sharply divided Committee voted 5-4 to send Ellis' case to a full appeal hearing at a date to be announced.
Attached is an audio file of the hearing that lasts about 10 minutes.