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Nazi hat wearing Portland Police officer Lt. Mark Kruger should be fired immediately

I wanted to call attention to this as a separate wire post immediately. It was simply a point within this press conference. Lt. Mark Kruger should be fired immediately.
promoted: Lt. Kruger; click on enlargement to see Nazi emblem below eagle
promoted: Lt. Kruger; click on enlargement to see Nazi emblem below eagle
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While Chief of Police Foxworth blithely states that he has the utmost confidence in Officer Kruger and his actions—once again the videos and pictures speak otherwise. Here is a picture of a man who Foxworth promoted to Lieutenant after he used chemical weapons indiscriminately against protestors and against Fox News camerawoman Beth English.

Tell me chief, if Kruger dressed up in white robes, burned crosses and claimed to be a civil war buff, would you assert that it was engaged in an innocent pastime and promote him? How could you allow a so called "student of history" trusted with a badge and a gun proudly strut around in a Nazi uniform while at the same time applying chemical weapons to indiscriminately torture peaceful protestors. I am appalled.

You should know that through the two years of this law suit, the city resisted producing documents at every turn about every detail regarding the police. The city attorneys vigorously fought to keep our police as the secret police. And as we got into the details of the PPB we found out why.

The officer that pepper sprayed babies is still on the streets. No admonishment. The officer that hammered Bill Ellis's head to the ground, hit him over the head with pepper spray is still on the streets. No admonishment. The officer that twisted a woman's head who was peacefully protesting, cackled with glee while spraying a woman a foot smaller than him, pepper sprayed a Fox news camera woman and dresses up in Nazi drag-- was promoted to Lieutenant. He was rewarded for being a criminal. The officer that has a financial interest in Armor Holdings, the company that manufactures pepper spray cannisters is still on the streets encouraging their use by the PPB and was promoted like Kruger.

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About the Cap 02.Dec.2004 14:46
Proudwolf link

That is definitely a WWII German cap. I originally thought that the shadowed figure might be the fouled anchors used often in naval insignia, but I was wrong. After a few minutes on Google I found these two photos. The eagle matches the cap.

The cover:  http://www.militariacollection.com/nazicaps.htm
The patch:  http://www.militariacollection.com/nazinsigna.htm

I'm not one to take everything somebody says (or writes) as being absolutly factual or unbiased, so my other question was "How do I know that the man in the photo is Lt. Kruger." That was confirmed by the photo in the copwatch story:  http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/PPR32/kruger32.html

I will not speculate what it means to Lt. Kruger, but the creepiness factor would keep any Nazi memorabilia out of my home and off my body.

Kruger's affinity for Nazi-wear is well documented. Why was there any surprise that his in-costume photo had a Nazi swastika?


War-gamer Hat and Club Info 03.Dec.2004 15:20
library mouse link

You can check out war-gamers uniform details, among other things, including LOTS of photos (these guys like to have their pictures taken) at their website (links to subordinate websites):

 http://www.nwha.org/gcoc.html

The war-gamer club is comprised of groups portraying US, Canadian, UK, Soviet and nazi German units.

One of the nazi German units in this club calls itself "Sixth Fallschirmjaeger Regiment of Washington". (Fallschirmjaeger=paratrooper)
It appears that the hat in question, which sports the red-white-black nazi colors "meat ball" device, is one type worn by these "Fallschirmjaeger" war-gamers.




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 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/12/304933.shtml

here's more 03.Dec.2004 17:39

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here are 2 more photos of lt. kruger on his jaunt to have his picture snapped in nazi gear.

Good Work!! 03.Dec.2004 17:43

Hemp Grower growmorehemp@hotmail.com

Keep on digging. Some day, the Citizens will get the real point of our 2nd Amendment.
You are right! These "domestic enemies" are criminals, and will be brought to justice!


i think.. 03.Dec.2004 18:05

anonymous

.. that you are missing some of the subtleties of free speech.

non sequitur 03.Dec.2004 18:37

revealing

He should not be fired for his free speech. He should be fired for his ongoing public engangerment and brownshirt activities while dressed in the masking role of a Portland Police officer. The issue is accountablity of public instituions and its personnel, as well as knowing exactly. Hell, if they fire teachers for "annoying" their kids in American schools with something that might cause them to think about the Iraq war-attack, and they excuse Kruger for laughing and pepper spraying gratuitously peaceful protestors (and more above), this country is serious screwed up and it is because the leadership is screwed up.

comment 04.Dec.2004 14:20

author

mr. kruger should not be scrutinized for his participation in world war 2 reenactments and general history in german soldiering during that period. serious problems arise when one learns that mr. kruger spent time in his 'youth', according to a friend of his, listening to hitler speeches and driving around portland taunting minorities. serious problems arise when one learns that mr. kruger and his friends have spray painted SS runes and swastikas on the cliffs of rocky butte in portland. serious problems arise when one learns that kruger, in 1999, while a PPB officer, built a shrine he called the 'ehrenbaum' ('honor tree') to his favorite SS soldiers and screwed it onto a tree trunk at rocky butte. serious problems arise when one learns that this shrine was removed during the discovery phase of one of the federal cases in which kruger is a named defendant. (a private investigator found the screws lying on the ground where the shrine once stood.) serious problems arise when one learns that mr. kruger, a high-ranking officer (lieutenant!) of the portland police bureau, has a well-documented habit of brutalizing protestors during portland marches and gatherings. he has been captured AT LEAST 4 TIMES ON VIDEO attacking women for 'offenses' ranging from nothing to exercising their free speech rights. so far he has not been videotaped attacking any men, leading one to ask what mr. kruger's problem is with women who speak out against war and a criminal regime. serious problems arise when one learns that mr. kruger once told a friend, (something along the lines of) "we live in a police state. and in a police state, it is good to be one of the police."

comment 04.Dec.2004 14:32

author

recall that former portland police officer c.w. jensen was recently fired, allegedly for submitting a false reimbursement form for meal expenses of less than $200 and instructing a subordinate to do the same. so far, the city has settled 2 cases involving mr. kruger (and other officers) for $300,000 plus as-yet-undetermined attorney fees. mr. kruger is still a defendant in at least one other case, also caught on video, where he attacked and beat up a woman named amber hicks, presumably as punishment for her involvement in a non-violent anti-war protest known as the 'portland peace encampment'. to my understanding, that case is moving forward and may be settled or proceed to trial in 2005.

how many more dead-to-rights federal civil rights cases must mr. kruger be named in before chief foxworth makes the right move and fires him?

semi-related 04.Dec.2004 23:42

just a thought

Here is a quote from a book on the Americans' collaboration with the Germans DURING World War Two. I don't know how relates it is to a neo-Nazi cop in present day Portland, but it made me think about how real this supposed American demonization of Hitler and Nazism really is. I mean, if Hitler was the worst thing since Genghis Khan, why on earth were American corporations actively providing fuel and materiel to his armies, navy and air forces? And why weren't the active participants in these corporations publicly EXECUTED for their crimes? And why is the grandson of one of these convicted felons freaking president of the United States today?!

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"What would have happened if millions of American and British people, struggling with coupons and lines at the gas stations, had learned that in 1942 Standard Oil of New Jersey [part of the Rockefeller empire] managers shipped the enemy's fuel through neutral Switzerland and that the enemy was shipping Allied fuel? Suppose the public had discovered that the Chase Bank in Nazi-occupied Paris after Pearl Harbor was doing millions of dollars' worth of business with the enemy with the full knowledge of the head office in Manhattan [the Rockefeller family among others?] Or that Ford trucks were being built for the German occupation troops in France with authorization from Dearborn, Michigan? Or that Colonel Sosthenes Behn, the head of the international American telephone conglomerate ITT, flew from New York to Madrid to Berne during the war to help improve Hitler's communications systems and improve the robot bombs that devastated London? Or that ITT built the FockeWulfs that dropped bombs on British and American troops? Or that crucial ball bearings were shipped to Nazi-associated customers in Latin America with the collusion of the vice-chairman of the U.S. War Production Board in partnership with Goering's cousin in Philadelphia when American forces were desperately short of them? Or that such arrangements were known about in Washington and either sanctioned or deliberately ignored?"
--- Charles Higham, author of Trading With the Enemy: An Expose of the Nazi-American Money Plot, 1933-1949


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Mr. Higham did not mentioned the now well-known fact that IBM sold (and provided active technical and training support) for cutting-edge punch card computers to the German government, which, with full IBM knowledge, used them to streamline the removal of Jews to death camps and slave labor factories.

How harmless is this Kruger again?

Isn't the Mayor of Portland, Oregon also the 06.Dec.2004 11:16

Commissioner of Police?

Remember seeing her Regis & Kelly after 09-11-01 and she seemed a bit of a phoney, but she made a lot of
the fact she was Jewish and had had relatives perish in the Holocaust. My question is--assuming she is
still the Mayor--why would she condon and accept such behavior from a "management"-level officer on the
force she supposedly manages? Officer Kruger only gets by with such meanspirited evilness when those in
charge turn their faces to his misbehaving, and this Mayor has surely turned her head on this instances.
Like I wrote to begin with...she sure came across as a phoney when she sat before Regis & Kelly. Guess
she is, and the "Jewish" and "Holocaust" bit was a political plow to milk sympathy for her political
career. Shame on her, and shame on YOU people of Portland for letting her get by with it! Shame! Shame!

how quite right you are there 06.Dec.2004 20:05

"Commissioner of Police?"

in regards to Vera Katz. She is still the Mayor, but her days are numbered...thank God!

you're right about 07.Dec.2004 16:36

Vera Katz

I've watched her "career" over the years, and she's never failed to milk sympathy for her being Jewish
with relative's who'd perished in the Holocaust. Yet, while she had much compassion for her family, her
"tribe" per se, and her fellow elite's...she showed little towards the proverbial "other", especially to
minorities. She always struck me as being totally ego-driven and less capable of sound-reasoning that
is required in a modern-world. When it came to the Portland Police Bureau, she's mismanaged that outfit
from the get-go and her damned ego refused time and again to let her recognize her errors in judgement,
no matter how many people brought it to her attention. Perhaps she became too old to effectively and
capably function, perhaps it was ossified ego, perhaps it was the simple fact she really had little use
for the proverbial "other" and felt justified in participating in INJUSTICE to her fellow-citizens?

Whatever it was that drove her to this extreme of blindly supporting jerks like Kroeker and Krueger, all
I can say at this point...THANK GOD HER DAMNED OLD ASS IS SOON OUT OF THERE AND WILL BE OFF THE STAGE,
for she's become like a large piece of fish in the Fish Market in the late afternoon...been there far too long and is being to stink (and would surely poison your ass if you ate it too). She is soon to be
history, and the thing to remember is NOT to back off on Tom Potter when the PoPo begin acting "funny"
(as we damned well know they will), but to keep him under so much pressure that he has no choice but to
bend to our "reasoning"!

As we bid that Old Hag goodbye, let's learn something from the experience...keep the pressure on the
PoPo and officialdom, and don't back off till WE THE PEOPLE get what we want out of them!

This is important! 11.Dec.2004 21:26

Some 1

The swastika on Lt. Kruger's hat and uniform, what does it mean?

From  http://history1900s.about.com/cs/swastika/a/swastikahistory.htm

"Hitler and the Nazis

In 1920, Adolf Hitler decided that the Nazi Party needed its own insignia and flag. For Hitler, the new flag had to be "a symbol of our own struggle" as well as "highly effective as a poster." (Mein Kampf, pg. 495)

On August 7, 1920, at the Salzburg Congress, this flag became the official emblem of the Nazi Party.

In Mein Kampf, Hitler described the Nazis' new flag: "In red we see the social idea of the movement, in white the nationalistic idea, in the swastika the mission of the struggle for the victory of the Aryan man, and, by the same token, the victory of the idea of creative work, which as such always has been and always will be anti-Semitic." (pg. 496-497)

Because of the Nazis' flag, the swastika soon became a symbol of hate, anti-semitism, violence, death, and murder."

The meaning of a swastika (in the context of WWII and Nazis) is very obvious to most people. As a "student of history," Lt. Kruger would be fully aware of these things. And yet, he continues to wear these symbols, knowing full well their history and what they represent.

Belonging to wargaming clubs and having an active interest in WWII to the point of dressing this way and playing at war may seem odd, but I don't think those things by themselves necessarily mean someone is a neo-Nazi. However, Lt. Kruger has gone far, far beyond his "innocent student of history" routine.

These are the things that don't appear in photographs... a personality that has evolved from listening to Hitler speeches and taunting minorities as a young man, to someone who supports the euthanasia (murder) of the mentally ill and even of innocent, handicapped children (just like the Nazis did). Someone who is a white supremacist. Someone facinated enough by weapons that he owns a private arsenal of firearms (at one time including a fully-automatic machine gun, a 9mm Nazi German MP-40). Someone who has intimately familiarized himself with all the details of the Holocaust and yet, avidly collected and wore a Nazi Waffen-SS uniform and related items (the SS were entrusted with conducting the Holocaust and murdered millions). Someone who has traveled to Germany many times to see where his Nazi heroes came from, and felt so strongly about them that he went all the way to Berchtesgaden, Germany to get married there. Berchtesgaden is the closest town to Hitler's long-time home (called the "Berghof" on a hill 2 miles east of town, it was destroyed on the orders of the Bavarian government in the early 50's to keep surviving Nazis and their supporters from turning the place into a shrine). Lt. Kruger did not travel thousands of miles merely for the mountain scenery... also, Lt. Kruger built built his own shrine to Nazi soldiers, right here in Portland. With all of history to choose from, Lt. Kruger chose the men who fought for Hitler and Nazi Germany to idolize and remember. Now, why do you suppose that was?? Why do you suppose ALL of this was?!

Chief Foxworth's response to all this has not only been a disappointment, it was very reckless as well. The Chief let every citizen of Portland down when he not only allowed Kruger to remain, but approved his promotion to Lieutenant. Lt. Kruger is now at East Precinct. There should be zero tolerance for being, at the very least, a Nazi sympathizing racist given to brutalizing citizens under the color of authority (on multiple occasions). What is to stop Lt. Kruger (and those like him) now, Chief Foxworth? Nothing. The citizens of Portland are not safe with people like Lt. Kruger as their police. And if Lt. Kruger (and the rest of the officers named in the lawsuit) really did the right things, then why did the city settle the suit? The PPB is not learning from it's mistakes and not learning from their history. Therefore, they are doomed to repeat it.

The trouble is, when the PPB repeats their mistakes, WE are the ones who pay for it. How much more taxpayer money must be spent on defending the violent actions of these officers, and others like them, in unending civil lawsuits? How many more innocent people have to be victimized, or even die, at the hands of officers like these?

More than anything else, the reaction of Chief Foxworth shows that the Portland Police Bureau and city government is corrupt and incapable of fixing these problems. We as citizens will pay the ultimate price...

please let us express our views freely 29.Dec.2004 07:27

bob halver sirbobhal@yahoo.com

It is not a crime to express your views,your like or dislike for nazi's,Jews,christians,or muslims.I am tired of that one percent americans that is in control of media,banking,etc..etc..telling me how to think or how not to think (one percent americans being jews).

Kruger and his criminal acts 29.Dec.2004 09:37

"One that defended against killer cops and is still here"

I don't understand some Americans, especially You citizens of Portland.As you can see the legal system is not working for you when it comes to holding scum like Kruger accountable....The guy is caught on video macing people,the guy laughs when beating and abusing citizens,and for his criminal act's,he's promoted.Being one that defended myself against some out of control cops, and lived to tell about it,you great people of Portland should stop protesting, and start going to the gun range.
Scum like Kruger should NOT be allowed to breathe the same air as honest law abiding citizens.I have 1 moto, hurt me, or hurt my family,and it's YOUR LIFE...."NOTE" i am NOT advocating violence in ANY way.But, take a look at this HYPOTHETICAL scenerio.....Kruger abuse's a citizen, Beat or pepper spray,or worse.The citzens family members and loved ones meet up with Kruger on an obscure street,to Kruger's surprise his head comes in contact with a louisville slugger,or,he runs directly into a 12ga. shot gun blast(how clumsy),or, for a number of different reasons,something happens to him where he say's GOODBYE to oxygen.REMEMBER READERS "FOR LEGAL REASONS" THE EVENTS THAT I JUST SHARED WITH YOU ARE STRICTLY HYPOTHETICAL.Just think folks,if hypothetical things like this happened to out of control cops after abusing,or mudering citizens,,,,the abuse of citzens would Hypotheically cease to exist..........this has been a hypotheical presentation much like the war of the worlds...broadcast.However the abuse and murder of citzens at the hands of out of control cops,is NOT hypothetical.

The point being? 22.Jul.2005 11:04

August

So he's a historical reenactor. SOMEONE'S gotta be on the German side. The allusion to the KKK and civil war is misleading. It'd make more sense (and make you look less stupid) if you said "why not dress in a confederate uniform and reenact the civil war?!"

He's got a nice look kit. I'll bet it's 1944militaria.com stock.

Missing the Point 22.Jul.2005 11:48

Hans stormtroopa05@gmail.com

You all miss the point. He is a re-enactor not a neo-nazi. WW2 re-enacting is very popular through out the USA. there are clubs and Living History societys all over the nation that portray Allied and Axis Soldiers of WW2. His hobby of portraying a WW2 German Paratrooper has nothing to do with his job as a Police official. What one does in their personal time is his/her business. I am sure all you have see the Band of Brother movies and WW2 specials on the History Channel, and re-enactors were used for extras in those movies.

HhHAHHAHAHAHAHAH breath 22.Jul.2005 18:38

Mine Gott!! ein Natsi!!

really guys,, Its about time to get ur do gooder heads outta yer A$$. The Guy is a reenactor and your just a waste of space as the this 2 bit site is the only thing apart from your sister (who you married) who will listen to you.

DRIVE THRO!

dumb-ass 24.Jul.2005 04:23

WW2-buff longlive007@hotmail.com

he's REENACTOR, dumb-wits, don't u know ? He's not neo-Nazi. use google search and u will find lots of reenactors information & websites. hahaha

German Luftwaffe Uniform, not a Nazi uniform 24.Jul.2005 08:09

Darexc

Just because the uniform is from WW2 era Nazi Germany doesn't mean its a Nazi Uniform, Nazi Uniforms are what the poloticians wore. Are all the soldiers in Iraq right now Republican Soldiers wearing Republican uniforms? Aside from that if everything else about this guy s true it sounds like he is betraying the memory of the many good people that faught for Germany in WW2 and playing up the Nazi stereo type and should be booted from his Reenactment group if they are legit. As for his police work, if he is a bad officer they can fire him. Wearing a uniform from the Wehrmacht in order to learn and educate is not a crime though and I am disapointed to see an uneducated statement like calling this a Nazi uniform...

Officer Kruger Has friends 25.Jul.2005 10:12

panzered

Once again the Liberal press has it's head up its ass. WW2 Renancting is not neo nazi or KKK related in any way or form. And a Luftwafle Uniform is a military uniform and not a nazi uniform. Yes the eagle and swatica were the German national emblem during that period. That dosn't mean the person in the uniform is a nazi. I reenact in a wffen SS unit. That dont make me a nazi. And I dare you to call me a racist and I'Ll prove you wrong. My wife is from South America and her skin is almost as dark as my black marching boots. Once again the LAZY LIBERAL PRESS that dosnt seek the REAL TRUTh has made up another false story.