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Portland Police Honor Killer Cop with Top Award

At American Legion Post #1 veterans and the Portland Police Bureau honored officer Jason Sery last Saturday as Portland's top cop, an award handed out to one officer every year.
It pays to be a killer cop in the Portland Police Dept. While the grand jury is still sitting, hearing evidence to decide if a crime has been committed, it has been announced that Portland Poice have chosen their latest trigger happy cop for the highest honor of the year.

 http://www.katu.com/team2/story.asp?ID=66608
Pathetic 22.Apr.2004 12:44

guffman

Somebody tell me again how there's no difference between the left and the right.

Umm 22.Apr.2004 13:03

James

What the fuck is wrong with this city's police department? This must be some sort of sinister joke.

I recall that I used hold the Honolulu Police Department in rather low esteem, years ago when I lived there. But that group was the beau ideal compared to these gangsters.

I guess they're giving out the award based on total tasing time, YTD. The three minutes post mortem tasing endured by Perez must've put Sery over the top. That's one way to secure victory.

Okey dokey 22.Apr.2004 13:04

No Difference

Democrats and Republicans both don't give a shit about any minorities and the discrimination and police harassment they get everyday. Both have allowed the prison population be 50% African American which is very disproportionate to their numbers from their racial profiling and racist laws like drug laws. Both impoverish them from their wealth-concentrating corporations. Both only care about their tax base. Both allow the polluting power plants and factories to move into their communities and make sure to keep out of the middle class and rich folks part of town. Both suck. Vote Green.

is this a joke? 22.Apr.2004 13:11

kurtkabang

is this a joke? this has gotta be a joke...


are the portland police trying to rub it in? make the black community hate them even more? further propogate conspiracy theories? is this community policing?

Disgustorama 22.Apr.2004 13:22

cthulhu

This is a very sad state of affairs.
Sery was nominated for the TopCop Award months before the murder of Perez, granted. But it's one hell of a bonehead play to go ahead and give the award to him. The PPB and the American Legion may think that this will somehow salve Sery's damaged rep, but all they are doing is widening the rift between those with badges and those without. Classic right-wing "hero" flag-wrapping, with their heads in the sand.
It's interesting to note that the PPB is already planning for the possibility of riots. I sincerely hope that we can avoid any more violence. These jerks are just waiting for an excuse to bust some heads.
Please do your part to let Chief Derrick Foxworth and Police Commissioner Vera Katz know that what they are doing is WRONG! Send emails to

 chieffoxworth@police.ci.portland.or.us

Are you part of the audience, or do you participate?
Cthulhu

Completely 22.Apr.2004 13:23

Shocked

I cannot imagine a bigger fuck you to the black community than that given by the PPD

These gangsters (police) are out of control!!!

No difference? 22.Apr.2004 13:26

Pink Emma

""Democrats and Republicans both don't give a shit about any minorities ..."

Hmm. I'll bet the black Democratic Members of Congress would disagree with this.

Onthe 22.Apr.2004 13:26

Mark

Right now I feel hatred for the cops for the first time. The grand jury is still in session, and this is the cops way of saying 'we don't give a shit about the law or the community and we will do what we want'

These people are not cops, they are criminals.

UNBELIEVABLE 22.Apr.2004 13:35

SHOCKED

what the fuck!if i didn't know better i would think the cops were just trying to start an all out riot in this city.didn't the same thing happen with another cop involved in yet another killing of an innocent person a few years back?

Sery gets top cop award 22.Apr.2004 14:52

Iyanna & Da Sistas of The Revolution

Many cops are no doubt "intellectually challenged" but this ain't exactly rocket science.I remember reading about a tactic used in the south by slave masters after a slave revolt where the captured rebels were decapitated & the severed heads placed on a fence pole as a warning to others. Obviously they want us to know that extra-judicial murder of unarmed people in the streets of Portland is official policy sanctioned by chief house-nigger foxworth & slimy spineless katz, otherwise they would not have given sery that award. and maybe they are trying to incite rebellion so they can kill more of us. Same thing they're doing in Iraq, Palestine & Haiti. why should we be treated any different? wake up & smell the coffins!!! they killed the crack-heads first..... in Haiti it's the dreadlocks.

mtoo 22.Apr.2004 14:56

never hated before

but now sometimes i have bad thoughts about cops ,while before i always had the idea that if you mind your own business they would not lie and try to hurt you.well i was wrong.since terror attack ,police have threatened my black life because they think they can get away with it .the terror war is excuse to act like complete assholes,and i dont usually use words like this.the police state military creeps are at the end of any respect from me

bleep 22.Apr.2004 15:10

bubba

No difference?
Pink Emma
""Democrats and Republicans both don't give a shit about any minorities ..."
Hmm. I'll bet the black Democratic Members of Congress would disagree with this.

BULLSHIT

The democrats lynched Cynthia McKinney because she dared open her mouth! The democrats are just as bad as the republicans. When the decent people of the country finally get this through their heads, then there may be a chance for real change.

And there's black Republicans too... 22.Apr.2004 15:31

Matt

I find it kind of silly to say that Democrats care about minorites because there's black members of Congress. Does this mean that Bush cares about minorities because of Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Elaine Chao, etc? I don't think so.

It wasn't the bureau 22.Apr.2004 15:50

it was the stupid american legion

This is one of the main problems with indymedia. It's as if we think we can't become the media and be competent journalists at the same time. I just went to the mayors office to give them a huge ration of shit about this. Only to find out the PPD didn't have anything to do with this. It was entirely the legion. Just because KATU posts some ridiculous and inaccurate shit on their site doesn't mean we should automatically link to it and take it as fact. We rail against the corporate media all the time for their inaccuracies and lies. And here we are taking it as gospel and running rampant with it. Please correct the feature on this.

Community Honors Top Officer/Firefighter of the Year with the Russ Lemmon Award. 22.Apr.2004 16:16

Mike-d. mikedeepdx@yahoo.com

On Saturday April 17th, 2004, The American Legion Portland Post 1, held a Friendship Dinner to recognize the Portland Firefighter of the Year and the Portland Police Bureau Officer of the Year in Portland, Oregon. The City of Portland Bureau of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services, (Portland Fire & Rescue) was not able to attend last year due to an "Orange Alert", so this year they honored two firefighters at the Annual Friendship Dinner sponsored by the Local Portland American Legion Post 1. According to a spokesperson at the American Legion Portland Post 1, the Portland Police Bureau did not attend last year. This year one Portland Police Bureau Officer was hand-chosen by the Portland Police Bureau, and two firefighters by Portland Fire & Rescue, nominations are held in February. The Firefighters chosen to recieve the Award were John Thompson - for 2003, and Michael Lehl - for 2004. The Portland Police Bureau Officer chosen for 2004 is Officer Jason Sery. A representative from the Portland Mayor Vera Katz office said they had "no comment", and informed me that the Mayor is still out of the office for two more weeks to recover from a recent surgery she underwent. They also claimed that the city had nothing to do with the Award. A individual of The Chief's office of the Portland Police Bureau answered a few questions and then deferred questions to the Public Information Officer Cheryl Robinson who has not gotten back to me at this time. The Award all three city employees recieved is called the Russ Lemmon Award, Russ Lemmon was a former County Sheriff. The three Awarded recieved Dinner, a Plaque, and a new title.

Even though 22.Apr.2004 17:18

it wasn't

the police Bureau that gave the award -- the American Legion should have known better BUT, MOST importantly, the Bureau should've known better!!!! I wonder if Foxworth or other higher ups asked Sery or the Sarge who accepted the award for him not to accept it and he did it anyway. It would be worth asking.
It's an incredibly insensitive thing to do.

Democrats ...you think they're all clones of each other? 22.Apr.2004 17:24

Pink Emma

Bubba and Matt -

"Democrats and Republicans both don't give a shit about any minorities ..."

"The democrats lynched Cynthia McKinney because she dared open her mouth! The democrats are just as bad as the republicans."

"I find it kind of silly to say that Democrats care about minorities because there's black members of Congress. Does this mean that Bush cares about minorities because of Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Elaine Chao, etc? I don't think so."

Sorry, I did not explain myself very well. What I meant was, I think some black Democrats (and black Republicans too) probably do give a shit about minorities.

What I was trying to say, if awkwardly, is that I think the black Democratic Members of Congress might argue that they themselves - who are Democrats - *DO* care about minorities, which would include caring about themselves and their loved ones, and maybe even their constituents (or at least their constituents' votes...).

I did not mean to imply that the "Democratic Party" cares about minorities, or anything else. I agree that the Democratic Party is just as bad as the Rethugligans - or even worse.

I certainly don't think the fact that some members of congress are black democrats says anything about how any OTHER democrats feel about anything.

But can a party care?

Can any organization care?

No. It's people - individuals - who care, or not. I think it's a little specious to paint all Democrats with the same brush, and certainly ridiculous to impart caring or any other feeling to a party or organization or institution. While some groups and organizations may have laudable goals and include caring people, caring and other feelings are the province of persons.

Including, one hopes, some members of Congress.

If he is the best , we're in big trouble 22.Apr.2004 17:41

MediaBabe

I have a lot of problems with this award.

Call me a Pollyanna if you want but I still believe that there are good men wearing blue. Men who have had no complaints against them in their years of service. Men whom the people of the city would have been happy to see awarded.

Pride in the people who protect and serve is easy to earn. This is a dreadful error that can only bring contempt and condemnation upon the Portland Police. If this man is the finest of them all we should be ashamed.

in case people missed it 22.Apr.2004 17:55

from above

According to a spokesperson at the American Legion Portland Post 1, the Portland Police Bureau did not attend last year. This year one Portland Police Bureau Officer was hand-chosen by the Portland Police Bureau...

getting the facts straight is important 22.Apr.2004 18:17

reader

I think the criticism above is good, even if it doesn't apply in this case:

"Just because KATU posts some ridiculous and inaccurate shit on their site doesn't mean we should automatically link to it and take it as fact. We rail against the corporate media all the time for their inaccuracies and lies. And here we are taking it as gospel and running rampant with it."

We should not expect accuracy and truthfulness from the corporate media. In addition we should not expect accuracy and truthfulness from the mayor's office either. Anyone who is in business to lie and profits from those lies should simply not be trusted.

The only suggestion I'd like to make at this point is that it appears that the selection of Sery happened prior to the shooting. That doesn't mean that the acceptance of the award and honoring of Sery is not insensitive and tactless, but that he wasn't chosen in response to the shooting.

to 'Pink Emma' 22.Apr.2004 18:22

night and day

"I think it's a little specious to paint all Democrats with the same brush, and certainly ridiculous to impart caring or any other feeling to a party or organization or institution. While some groups and organizations may have laudable goals and include caring people, caring and other feelings are the province of persons. Including, one hopes, some members of Congress."

--Paul Wellstone was good (look what happened to him).

Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd have each taken a stand on Iraq war / Patriot Act (but each of them is at the end of their political careers).

Cynthia McKinney is good (look what happened to her: railroaded out of office for her speaking out, by a Republican who was bought & paid to run as a Democrat against her, even though she is now attempting to regain her district seat).

Earl Blumenauer is (mostly) good. So is Barney Frank.

these are not enough to say that the Democratic Party overall is doing America any good (and look what the Democratic party did to silence Cynthia McKinney).

and the DLC is certainly not "progressive".

the country's "direction" is not being determined by the political ideology of either party, but by Corporations (one of the main mouthpieces of which is the same Corporate-owned American mass media).

overall, the effect is a slippery slope to Corporate Fascist Hell (Democrats),

vs.

Hot Rails To Corporate Fascist Hell (Republicans).

Award cancelled 22.Apr.2004 18:52

gk

This award should have been stopped. It is more than a slap to blacks and the community, it is a defiance of reality and the discrimation taking place. Award an officer who recently shot an unarmed citizen? Never! Will picketing take place Saturday and Sunday?

American Legion history 22.Apr.2004 19:18

toe

If I'm remembering my history correctly, the Legion has a long sordid history of nastiness including assisting in race riots and harrassing, assaulting and murdering labor activists. In their heyday they helped the police in perpetrating numerous acts of violence against citizens not unlike the current rightwing paramilitary squads in the southern hemisphere.

American lesions 22.Apr.2004 19:21

guffman

I expected more rage directed at the American Legion, who gave him the award. They could easily have said to PPD, "Don't you all have anyone better than that?"

Note my query was about left vs. right, not Democrat vs. Republican. The awards suggests to me that members of the Post are perfectly comfortable with Troopers shooting perps whose seat belts are snugly fastened around their laps. They are good Americans, registered voters, salt-of-the-earth folks, the Greatest Generation. THEY ARE THE RIGHT, folks, & to say that they are just the same as What The Mainstream Calls The Left is absurd. Parties don't enter into it. It's about people with rabit right-wing attitudes, not party registration, dammit.

The American Legion should stick to baseball.

Pollution Kills Black people TOO! 22.Apr.2004 20:09

No Difference

Albina's neighborhood boundaries are defined by the Albina Community Plan, a long-term development strategy developed by citizens, business and the city.

The Albina community contains just 17 percent of Portland's total population, but 39 percent of the total people-of-color in the city. Most people-of-color in Albina are African-American, but there are growing populations of Latino, Native and Asian Americans.

Is air pollution an environmental justice issue in the Albina community?

Residents in the Albina neighborhood are understandably concerned about asthma rates and other respiratory ailments in neighborhood children. The Environmental Justice Action Group conducted an informal survey of community residents and found high asthma levels in the neighborhood. A study by the Center for Research on Occupational and Toxicology found that inner city African-American children have a 45 percent higher risk of asthma compared with U.S. children in general. The study also found that white inner-city children also have a higher risk for asthma, though not as high as that for African-American children. In addition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-Americans' hospitalization rate for asthma is three times higher than that of whites, and death rates from asthma are more than seven times higher.

In Oregon, TRI facilities are disproportionately located in racial and ethnic neighborhoods. For example, African-Americans are two times as likely as whites to live within one mile of a TRI site. Here in Portland, the southwestern corner of the Albina community is in the top 20 percent of national zip codes for air releases of recognized and suspected toxins that affect human development.

Why is lead an environmental justice issue?

In Multnomah County, African-American and Hispanic children have elevated lead levels at 3 times the rate of white children. From 1993 to 1995 the Oregon Health Division found unsafe lead levels in 342 children; more than half of these were African-American or Latino children living in North and Northeast Portland. Low-income families usually rent, and many rental houses have old peeling paint that often contains lead. Renters usually cannot afford to remove and replace the paint, and often fear that if improvements are made, their rent will go up. As a result, these families are forced to live with risks of lead poisoning.

Air Pollution/Transportation Interstate 5 and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., two major truck routes, snake through the heart of the community. Cars and trucks cough up carbon monoxide, and a toxic soup of other chemical compounds. Some of these, known as volatile organic chemicals, can help cause smog, and some are even carcinogenic. Others are small particles that can trigger asthma and other breathing disorders. Fumes from diesel trucks pose a potential cancer-causing threat.

Nationally, only about 5.3 percent of all Americans use public transit to get to work. People of color riders (Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans) account for nearly 60 percent of all transit passengers.

Thirteen large, industrial facilities in Albina and several others in North and Northwest Portland release hazardous air pollutants into the Albina community. A 1996 study shows that 58 percent of African-American Oregonians live within one mile of manufacturing facilities that release hazardous chemicals, compared with only 24 percent of white Oregonians. In Portland, there is also anecdotal evidence that significantly more people-of-color than whites suffer from asthma.

Brownfields The Albina community is home to numerous potentially contaminated sites known as "brownfields." A brownfield is an abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial piece of property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. Contamination from above and below the ground creates hazards. Albina has 62 underground storage tanks with reported releases, and many potential unreported sites.

Nobody knows exactly how many contaminated sites exist in Albina, but the number could be large. A 1996 survey of 212 properties along a 2.7 mile section of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard found 78 sites (36.8 percent of the total) to be of "potential environmental concern." At these sites, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) found visual evidence of potential contamination such as underground storage tank pipes, soil staining, chemical barrels, dry wells, drains, and other underground pathways for hazardous substances. Development at these sites can disturb and release more pollution into the community.

The annual age-adjusted death rate from asthma increased by 40 percent between 1982 and 1991, from 1.34 to 1.88 per 100,000 population. Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood and the fourth leading cause of disability among children less than 18 years old in the United States. The hospitalization rate for African Americans is 3 to 4 times the rate for whites. As of 1998, African Americans are almost three times more likely than whites to die from asthma.

The potential health impacts of climate change include increased prevalence of infectious disease such as Dengue fever and West Nile virus. Since many African Americans lack health insurance and regular medical access, our community is particularly at risk.
A study of the 15 largest U.S. cities found that climate change would increase heat-related deaths by at least 90%. Most African Americans live in inner cities, which tend to be about 10 degrees warmer than their surrounding areas. Studies have shown that People of Color are twice as likely to die in a heat wave, and suffer from more heat-related stress and illness.
Global warming could increase ozone concentrations by about 5%. This increase in ozone levels is expected to double the number of cities that currently exceed federal air quality standards. Global warming will worsen many of the ozone-related health problems described in this report, including increased pediatric asthma, emergency room visits and hospitalizations.


 http://cta.policy.net/relatives/17723.pdf
 http://www.orcouncil.org/reports/Albina/chapters/chapter1.htm


welcome to the real world again 22.Apr.2004 21:33

stay as long as you like this time

We keep telling you, "It's not just a few bad apples. It's the whole institution."

The fuckin' liberals always wanna talk about how "most cops are doing a good job, blah blah blah."

Most cops think the most brutal cops are the best cops.

This is not some isolated incident. It's common for cops-who-kill-people to get awards soon afterwards. In Seattle it became a joke: "Kill a black man, get a medal."

Deal with it. Get real. Thanks for reading this far.

I Think We Get The Message Now 22.Apr.2004 21:52

CatWoman

I'm sick to my soul to learn this. I don't know why I should be surprised, but I am. Wasn't it only last year that the officers who shot and killed Jose Mejia Poot in a fucking MENTAL HOSPITAL were awarded medals for the slaying? Yes, it was. The entire city was outraged. They gave lip service to an apology...a "faux paux," they said. And yet they now award a cold blooded killer with the honor of "top cop"?

They flaunt themselves. They believe they are above us, above the very laws they pretend to hold us to. They hide behind guns and armor and pepper spray, abusing the people of this city physically, emotionally, psychologically...to death.

I believe Iyanna is correct in her assessment about what's really going on here. This is too blatant to be mere stupidity, mere insensitivity, mere collective insanity. This is a direct attack. This is an assault on the people of Portland. This is war. They have declared war upon us.

Tony Stevenson: Killed by pigs 4/23/85. Choked to death. On the day of his funeral, officers sold tee shirts reading, "Don't choke em, smoke em."

Deonte Keller: Killed by pigs 2/28/96. Shot to death. The pigs continue to harass his family to this day. (See ppbcomplaint.com.)

Justin Gallegos: Killed by pigs 10/2/00. Shot to death.

Jose Mejia Poot: Killed by pigs 4/1/01. Shot to death in a MENTAL HOSPTIAL.

Byron Hammick: Killed by pigs 2/22/02. Shot to death in the presence of his 3 year old son.

Kendra James: Killed by pigs 5/5/03. Shot to death. Unarmed mother, murdered as she tried to drive away from them, then smeared in the media.

Eddie Homsombath: Killed by pigs 10/21/03. Driven down and shot to death.

Jahar Perez: Killed by pigs 3/28/04. Shot to death 24 seconds into a "routine" traffic stop. He was still wearing a seat belt at the time, and was tazered for a full three minutes after he was killed. It took longer for them to taze the body than to kill him.

How long will we allow this list to grow before we finally stand up and defend ourselves? Fuck the "law," Fuck the cops, Fuck the culture that would throw us to them without allowing us to defend ourselves.

right there with ya' 22.Apr.2004 22:34

molly tawve

the police have the firepower and the system behind them, what the fuck are we supposed to do? just let them fuck with us and fuck with us until someone gets killed again? obviously someone in the ppb has given them the green light to do whatever the fuck they want. and this grand jury is just as much a smokescreen as the 9-11 comission. sery will most likely get off easy. i dont want to think that but its my gut feeling. FUCK THE PIGS. everyone just needs to keep their heads up and eyes open. we need to defend ourselves and each other.

Kuncinich says... 22.Apr.2004 22:48

Kucinich fan

"It is important to emphasize that the vast majority of police officers are law abiding and committed professionals. However, the common attitude of "we protect our own" amongst some police must give way to a more enlightened attitude that the law must be truly color blind. A fraction of law enforcement officers must not be allowed to continue to endanger the lives of citizens and other law enforcement officers with intemperate and sometimes overtly racist acts."

 http://www.kucinich.us/issues/crime.php

Fuck his partner, too 22.Apr.2004 22:53

sliver

Not just fuck Sery, but fuck Macaber too. That sick fuck tased Perez's body for 3 fucking minutes. They're both murderers, like McCollister, and the guy who shot Jose P., and on and on and on. We also have to look at the rest of the abusive cops, like the ones that beat us at protests, in the streets, in the back of their squad cars, or their detention cells. If they can get away with this then they can get away with anything. These motherfuckers see things in a cost/benefit analysis, if we show them it's more costly than beneficial, then somethings gonna give. I know that there will be more repression with increasing resistance, but we're damned if we do, damned if we don't.

justice is blind... 22.Apr.2004 23:15

polisciboy

and so is natural selction. however blind justice = no peace to the victims. i think our eyes are opening to the portland police and their ways. police violence has a "bounce-back effect".

Good call, Pink Emma! 23.Apr.2004 01:59

Dio

Imagining that an organization cares about anything at all is the first step to imagining we can go to sleep trusting an organization to take care of our interests.

Mike D -- 23.Apr.2004 04:32

guffman

What was source for your press-release-looking post, please?

He will pay 23.Apr.2004 08:36

An angel

The officer may have gotten an award here on Earth but when his judgement day come believe me he won't get an award to heaven. His award is to his master of hell and he will welcome him.

TO "Iyanna & Da Sistas of The Revolution" 23.Apr.2004 10:34

jklp

To Iyanna & Da Sistas of The Revolution:
THe nice thing about America is the freedom of speech. Therefore Even though I disagree with most postings on this site, i have to respect it for principle. However the comment that you wrote has to be one of the most racially charged and innacurate postings i have had the misfortune of reading. I htink that it will do nothing but turn emotional people into a state of irrational thinking. Often times when emotion is involved people do things that are bad, and hten regret it later. Think about this when you protest or rally the crowd to fight back against the police. It just isnt very wise to do. Good luck and sorry for your loss.

TO "jklp" 23.Apr.2004 17:45

Dio

Just so we are all taking about the same comment :

Sery gets top cop award 22.Apr.2004 14:52
Iyanna & Da Sistas of The Revolution
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/04/286440.shtml#115898

Many cops are no doubt "intellectually challenged" but this ain't exactly rocket science.I remember reading about a tactic used in the south by slave masters after a slave revolt where the captured rebels were decapitated & the severed heads placed on a fence pole as a warning to others. Obviously they want us to know that extra-judicial murder of unarmed people in the streets of Portland is official policy sanctioned by chief house-nigger foxworth & slimy spineless katz, otherwise they would not have given sery that award. and maybe they are trying to incite rebellion so they can kill more of us. Same thing they're doing in Iraq, Palestine & Haiti. why should we be treated any different? wake up & smell the coffins!!! they killed the crack-heads first..... in Haiti it's the dreadlocks.


Except for describing racial-charged situations, and the poke at "house-nigger foxworth" -- and your visceral reaction -- there is not much racially-charged about that comment. Again excepting (possibly) the rhetorical description of Katz, it is unfortunately very accurate.

I read "maybe they are trying to incite rebellion so they can kill more of us. Same thing they're doing in Iraq, Palestine & Haiti..." to be quite opposite to "rally the crowd to fight back against the police" -- she advises against getting sucked into such a thoughtless reaction.


I invite you to meditate on "Good luck and sorry for your loss." What would you say if you really were compassionate and wished well for Iyanna and her sisters?

Dickie Dow 10/20/98 24.Apr.2004 01:03

Remembers

Please don't forget Dickie Dow when compiling these kind of lists.

 http://www.pjw.info/PPR17/dowupdate.html
 http://aspin.asu.edu/hpn/archives/Oct98/0184.html

Your state seems to be in big in big trouble 24.Apr.2004 08:09

Bert Durham

From what I've been hearing, Oregon is close to leading the pack toward becoming a police state. Don't let good intentions lead you down the road to hell. Let HONEST conservatives and liberals unite to protect your right to dissent. Good luck.
Bert
Macon, Ga

Lyanna & I agree! 24.Apr.2004 10:04

guffman

She got it right. I wouldn't have worded it that way, but the bones are there. jklp & I share a commitment to peaceful resolution (to give him/her the benefit of the doubt), but Lyanna's historical perspective is good.

From CatWoman's note above: "Tony Stevenson: Killed by pigs 4/23/85. Choked to death. On the day of his funeral, officers sold tee shirts reading, 'Don't choke em, smoke em.'" That's sending a message. Awards to killer cops, right after the killings: That's sending a message. No heads on pikes necessary in the modern media.

Marched with AMA Ad Hoc yesterday. The motorcycle Troopers made a point of buzzing past the marchers en masse as we took off. Sending a message. Asserting control.

Cops are not necessarily stupid, but their minds tend to be simple. "'If you're not guilty, why are you bleeding?'" -- Hunter Thompson, long ago. Like dogs, cops tend to see in black and white -- good guys & bad guys. If you show a dog fear, the dog will respond to it. If you run, the dog will chase you down. (Not my dog, Woofman, but most.) In a pack, they will tear your ass to pieces.

Can we organize now? 24.Apr.2004 23:15

Susie Blue

How about some kind of action at the American Legion? A tongue in cheek steet theater peice right at their door? And call all the media, and take our own pictures of it to make flyers to pass out all over town and we'll be the meida!

fucking kucinich again 26.Apr.2004 09:34

vegans can be full of shit too

If Kucinich says:

"It is important to emphasize that the vast majority of police officers are law abiding and committed professionals. However, the common attitude of "we protect our own" amongst some police must give way to a more enlightened attitude that the law must be truly color blind. A fraction of law enforcement officers must not be allowed to continue to endanger the lives of citizens and other law enforcement officers with intemperate and sometimes overtly racist acts."

THEN KUCINICH IS FULL OF SHIT.

The "attitude of 'we protect our own'" is "common" because it's not just "amongst some police," it's common to almost all police.

Arguably it's common to every last officer.

The "attitude of 'we protect our own'" is not consistent with or compatible with being "law abiding and committed professionals." The "attitude of 'we protect our own'" is gangsterism.

Liberals like Kucinich have been offering these silent, invisible "good cops" an opportunity to clean up the police departments of America from within for, what, 140 years? How long has racism been outlawed in America? When will they admit to themselves that this "vast majority" of "good cops" is NOT REAL, IT'S A FIGMENT OF THE LIBERAL IMAGINATION?

And if they won't, when will their supporters admit to themselves that candidates like Kucinich are similarly NOT FOR REAL? They're really not going to get elected, and their positions aren't based in reality either. They're two-fer losers.

gack sputter 26.Apr.2004 09:48

mumble mumble

"Let HONEST conservatives and liberals unite to protect your right to dissent."

This isn't ABOUT our "right to dissent"!!

THIS IS ABOUT OUR RIGHT NOT TO GET SHOT TO DEATH FOR NO REASON AT ALL!

WHY DON'T LIBERALS GIVE A SHIT ABOUT *ANYTHING BESIDES* THE FIRST AMENDMENT?

As long as you can "voice your opinion," DOES THAT MEAN EVERYTHING ELSE IS OKAY?

OBVIOUSLY NOT!

a note about that there Legion 26.Apr.2004 09:51

legionnaire's disease

The American Legion was the fascist movement in America in the 'teens and '20s. When fascism fell out of fashion -- during World War II or so -- the Legion tried to turn itself into something else. Occasionally it reasserts its original purpose in the world.

Congratulations 28.Apr.2004 07:22

jjmcgo

Congratulations to Portland Police Officer Jason Sery for being named officer of the year.
Hey Jason, you and the boys in blue keep an eye on these commies at the John and Theresa Kerry-funded Portland Independent Media Center for us, will you? I realize they only make your job harder but this is a great, great country and you're doing an important service.
I was talking to a young man from Hungary in New York City yesterday and I asked him why he came over, isn't Budapest a great place? And, he said, yes, it is but America is the best, by far.

Good for him 28.Apr.2004 08:36

Richard Benenia

I'm very proud of this young man. It can't be easy to patrol a city full of so many brain dead assholes day in and day out. I am thankful that the mindset I see here seems to be contained to your little part of the country and that it is flaming out.

voice of reason 28.Apr.2004 13:11

phoenixcw

while the jury is out as to the reasons why the officer shot the suspect, it would be wise for people to realize that jumping to conclusions based on an apparent lack of information is unlikely to reveal the truth.

it is unfortunate that so many people on this forum are so willing and quick to condemn the institution which daily and nightly protects citizenry from random violence and criminality. it would seem to many here that the solution is to usurp authority entirely and do as the French did in the 18th century: a revolution in which many innocents were killed and anarchy reigned the country until another tyranny emerged that being the tyranny of Napolean Bonaparte.

i wonder often how so many anti-authoritarian liberals and anarchists can possibly live in the same country which i grew up in. how can so many people hate their own country and their own culture which has given them the opportunity to live a FREE life free from oppression. you live in a country in which you have the ability to write these hateful emails so full of venom and anger knowing that no one will come knocking on your door and carry you away in the night never to be seen again. and the irony of that fact never dawns on you. is it, perhaps, freedom itself which you hate? or are you so filled with hatred that you just need an outlet? is your life without meaning? has freedom caused you to be without something to fight for or fight against? i wonder about that.

i have had anti-authoritarian/liberal friends in the past and since maturity have come to wonder these things. i don't think any amount of reason will ever turn on a light in you people, frankly. i think the only thing that will make you people wake up is a good dose of alternate reality. living in Stalinist Russia, maybe.

some of you people are still harping on the notion that our prison systems need to be fairly divided with 20% of the inmates being black because 20% of the US population is black. well, that would be all fine and good if 20% of Americans committing crimes were black. but, unfortunately, blacks commit violent crimes more than 10 times as much as do whites and hispanics commit violent crimes 4 to 7 times as often. the information can be found at this web site :

 http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/02cius.htm

of course, you aren't going to believe anything the FBI says anyway, are you?
for those of you intelligent and rational enough to actually care about the truth, you probably already know the truth. for those of you who i'm trying to inform, you more than likely don't care about the truth and just have hatred in your heart and soul and you aren't going to listen to anything i say anyway.

oh well...

re: to voice of reason 30.Jun.2004 04:34

better_reasoning

it depends on how crime is defined by the system and thus which criminals are pursued is dependent on which crimes are deemed appropriate to target. a lot of white-collar crime is never targeted or prosecuted. if it were then the percentage of whites would be much higher.

it's not necessarily true that blacks and hispanics commit more crimes, but that they commit crimes that are considered the most important to prosecute by the legal system.

you are looking at it half empty. i am simply saying look at the reverse of your logic. really. think about it.

Disgusted 23.Jul.2004 15:38

Pissed Loveableskaterchic@yahoo.com

being a white person i am pissed at what the police are doing and getting away with. it sets out a bad name for cops and white people and i feel that kendra james and james jahar perez were both murderd by sick cruel people and for what? for being black? or is it because of their turn signal? either one is unexcusable for their death/murder. the police dept. is f'ed up! basically if you want to be able to murder some one be a cop. my brother was badly beat up in december by officer feltz. he mased him, broke his arm while handcuffing him and then my brother looked up and was repeatedly kicked in the neck, head and ribs while feltz yelled "don't look at me" he then was taken in and left face down in a holding cell passed out while my parents were on their way. when my parents arrived they asked what happened they said "oh he fell" what is that? some bs is what that is and it happens at the first court date feltz happened to not show up why? maybe because he was ashamed for beating up someone 10x smaller than he.
back to the point police brutality is happening more frequently and everyone needs to stick together so that more deaths do not occur and so that police are not getting away with this. police are "to serve and protect" not "to find and destroy" so how do you trust them when they do this?
it is not ok and my heart goes out to the families of the victims especially their children

-just another person trying to make a difference

loser 09.Nov.2004 08:17

Poopoo

Fuck me!!!!!!!!

Justin Gallegos 20.Mar.2006 19:56

Lp

The young man they killed was my cousin, He was not crazy nor did the RAP music he was listening too moved him to attack Police, there are alot of unanswerd questions about what happened that evening,for instance , why didnt the police use sand bags or rubber paintballs , and how does an empty gun fire at the police NINTEY MINUTES after they had him cornered under an R.V. granted my cousin broke the law and he should have paid for that, with a LONG TERM IN PRISON...at least then he would have been alive to be served his justice. The Portland Police are not upholding Law, there just the biggest Gang in the city that roams with out conciquence.