While I tend to lean toward the explanation offered by numerous indy readers -- that the Perez killing was a pre-meditated gang hit -- I find Macomber's testimony almost as beguiling. He said, in part, that he knew something must be wrong because Perez was driving a car that was too expensive for the working class African American neighborhood he was in. Too expensive, in fact, for a black man.
Apparently, they were so edgy about a black man in a fine car that they had to shoot Perez 24 seconds after stopping him, and then taze his lifeless body for another 3 minutes. Was it an "accident"? Or an example. In the old days, a black man who was found with a white woman faced a lynching. These days, it seems, just being in possession of a CAR that's "out of his league" is enough.
The truth is out. Spilling haplessly from their own lips. The cops are not patrolling N and NE PDX to protect the people who live there, they're not even pretending to be. On the contrary, they're occupying the hood to make sure no brown people get uppity enough to lust after the privilege and status of White Man. They're there to keep the "darkies" in their place.
On any given day, a short trek through the working class neighborhoods of N and NE PDX will reveal patrol cars on almost every avenue. Police visibility in these neighborhoods far outstrips what one might expect to find in, say, trendy NW. All that "protection" costs money. Supporting an occupying army, even a domestic one, is an expensive habit.
City officials sometimes point to the overwhelming financial burden of the domestic army prowling North Precinct as evidence of "investment" in black neighborhoods, but we know differently. We know that if the amount we're spending on cops were instead spent on education, housing, or health care in the same neighborhoods, quality of life for residents would be impacted in a much more positive manner. We also know that all those extra police officers are not there to serve and protect anyone but wealthy white folks who want someone to keep an eye on the hood. And we know that the police are stalking and killing people.
Now, thanks to Officer Macomber's testimony, we know why.