Alan Graf's speech, copied to Indymedia, is full of misrepresentations. The plain fact is that the suit failed miserably to accomplish anything of real or lasting value.
The plaintiffs, with the exception of Lloyd Marbet, were satisifed with a cash payment and no changes in the Police Department policies and practices, nor were the guilty parties punished in any way. The litigants settled by using the tax payer's money and calling it done. Tax payer money isn't the problem; police brutality and poor decision making is the problem. This suit in no way effects either of the two. In fact, it simply reinforces the City position that it can buy its way out of any problem, and that criminal actions by City employees can be ignored.
Graf, the attorney, seems to think an exchange of money solves all ills. I suggest Mr. Graf develop a sense of integrity and work for public justice, not cash. None of the criminal actors received any kind of penalty at all. That's not justice. Only Mr. Marbet had the intelligence and integrity to stand for what is right.
Portland won this round, pure and simple. The intent was to damage the citizen's right to protest and they were successful. A few dollars from the tax base means nothing to them. Until "our" attorneys realize that, it's futile to file a suit against this city of facists.