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Police Blame Bush for Use of Force in Jacksonville Last Week


In Thursday's Mail Tribune, Jacksonville City Administrator Paul Wyntergreen claims the decision to order riot cops to force protestors east of the intersection of California Street and Third Street was something that wasn't expected and thus unavoidable. He is quoted as saying, "It was a sudden change of plans and we had to change gears suddenly". Are we supposed accept this as a reason for an aggressive assault on peaceful protestors? When Bush was ushered from the Expo to the Jacksonville Inn through an alley, demonstrators remained along California Street. Are we supposed to believe that only after the President had finished dining did it occur to the police that protestors needed to be moved back a block?

What were the responsible law enforcement agencies doing while Bush was eating dinner?
Police had nearly one hour to address the "security perimeter". Instead, while Bush skipped his broccoli, police officers (from as far north as Salem and as far south as Yreka) donned bullet proof vests and shields and committed a type of tyranny that is becoming common protocol on Bush campaign stops.

To be blunt, Sheriff Winters and J'ville City Administrator Paul Wyntergreen are being deceitful. And why wouldn't they be? They made an irresponsible, dangerous decision. Politically it's imperative for them to point fingers anywhere other than at themselves. What happened in Jacksonville, as anyone who witnessed it can testify, was police repression of free speech. Police CHOSE to shoot less-than-lethal weaponry, the same that killed a college student in Boston this week. Police CHOSE to intimidate and terrorize law-abiding citizens that never imagined fear would be used to silence their voice.

Police repression of free speech will not be tolerated in southern Oregon. We are seeking legal assistance to make the law enforcement agencies accountable to the excessive force used that infringed upon our first amendment rights to speech and assembly and the injuries protestors incurred. Witnesses and victims are advised to call the Medford ACLU hotline, 858-3349.

this statement by the Jacksonville City Manager is 23.Oct.2004 20:37


why did they have cops from Portland Police Bureau there as loaners for their SWAT-team?

it's less-lethal, not less-than-lethal 24.Oct.2004 08:08

words matter

Please everyone, take a few seconds to use accurate words! If you'll notice, police themselves are very careful about calling these weapons less-lethal - that is, they are (somewhat) less deadly than an actual gun. To call them less-than-lethal implies that they cannot kill. Obviously, given what happened in Boston last week, these weapons can kill. Please make a mental note to stop referring to these weapons as less-than-lethal! Over and out.

some call them "less than lethal" 24.Oct.2004 19:49

"less lethal" is more accurate, but

we don't need to bite peoples' heads off for using the other one.

people with florida video are encouraged to call 24.Oct.2004 19:51

the northwest constitutional rights center

in portland. see  http://www.nwcrc.org

they use donated street video to go after the cops for their crimes on tape.


Jacksonville, Oregon 25.Oct.2004 16:48


The comment about video from Florida makes it sound like the comment maker doesn't know about Jacksonville, Oregon. The Cop Riot took place in little ol' Jacksonville, Oregon NOT Jacksonville, Florida....

Your message was good about video. Rest assured that there is video of the event and the local aclu has been contacted. Legal action is seriously being considered.