FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2004
Arissa Volunteers Uncover White Supremacist Images on the Portland Police Association's Web Site.
PORTLAND, OR- In the wake of the tragic and unnecessary deaths of Kendra James, James Jahar Perez, Jose Mejia Poot, and many other people of color at the hands of the police in recent years, much outrage has been expressed by the Portland community. The police officers involved in the incidents have been exonerated of any wrongdoing, and in some cases, have been rewarded for their actions.
The Portland Police Association, the police union, has been extremely influential in proposals and decisions relating to police reform on the municipal level, and the conditions of all disciplinary action taken against the officers involved in these killings of unarmed citizens.
There has been public debate on the need for cultural sensitivity training for all officers. However, the focus has been on appeasing the public outrage surrounding racist actions by the police, and there has been little talk of the ingrained attitudes of white supremacy in much of the Portland police department, its origins, and potential resolutions.
On Saturday, August 14th, 2004, Arissa volunteers uncovered images of concern on the Portland Police Association's official website. These images are
1) a nazi swastika (URL: http://www.portlandpoliceassociation.com/Image_files/swastica.gif)
2) a Ku Klux Klan hood
Arissa demands that the Portland Police Association publicly disclose why and by whom these white supremacist images are being stored on the Portland Police Association's official website.
Arissa- Portland Chapter
* A description of the methods used to uncover the images is included.
Methods Used in Uncovering White Supremacist Images on the Portland Police Association's Website
1) Went to the public Portland Police Association's website: http://www.portlandpoliceassociation.com.
2) Followed a specific and publicly posted image to the image file by removing the end of the html tag. (E.g. went from http://www.portlandpoliceassociation.com/Image_files/RobertKing.jpg to http://www.portlandpoliceassociation.com/Image_files, which brought us to the image directory.
3) Looked through all the image files and discovered several images of note:
In viewing these images, we are viewing public information. If the information was not public they would have posted a restricted access warning and kept their images in a secure location. These images are not linked to from any article or page in the publicly available website. Are these images linked to from pages in the restricted access portion of their site, or are these images just in "storage" within the file? We do not know, because we do not have access to that part of their site.