Report back from 10/15/05 Fouad Kaady demonstration in Sandy, Oregon
Report on Sandy, Oregon demonstration for justice on behalf of police shooting victim Fouad Kaady.
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At Sandy, Oregon on this 15th day of October, at 2pm, in the parking lot bounded by the library, subway sandwich shop, and the police station, about 35 people gathered to raise the awareness of the public regarding the fate of 27 year old Fouad Kaady, brought to his death September 8th of this year by the guns of a Sandy policeman, mid-20's and a Clackamas County Sheriff, mid-40's.
Bright overcast skies with breaks of sun and temperature in the 60's had people introducing themselves to each other, consulting about how signs they were making should read, and choosing locations on either side of the island, created by swift moving multi-lane traffic of highway 26, east bound traffic on the south, and west bound traffic to the north, upon which central downtown Sandy sits.
People held up about 10 nice big signs with the text "Unlawful Death in sandy, oregon by the Police", lots of smaller ones, and a couple large size photos of Fouad, one poster size in a very egaging depiction of his natural youth and vigor.
At first, to considerable degree, people driving by seemed to register blank faces of incomprehension, not too much horn tooting in recognition. Maybe it was just that demonstrators hadn't yet polished their manner of relating to the public passing by. After about an hour, hour and a half, things started snappin' and many, many motorists attention was drawn to the text of handmade signs such as "Release toxicology reports...It's the law", "Don't shoot me, I'm dressed" and simply, "Don't shoot. Amen", juxtoposed against the large poster picture and the 10 big signs.
In the stop and go four lane traffic of highway 26, many, many people, hundreds and hundreds, held out their hands for flyers with the same text as the big signs. As they did, they met family, friends and supporters of the man who has seemingly been mercilessly brought to an untimely end by present day law enforcement philosophy and mentality across the nation, the adherents of which do not appear to feel obliged to endanger their lives by so much as a hangnail wielded by a mysteriously unco-operative suspect.
Those flyers have gone to homes where they'll likely take their place on kitchen counters and refrigerators, informing others of what has happened as well, possibly doing a far better job of raising the awareness of what happened to Fouad than the mainstream news has to date.
The exact manner and circumstance in which Fouad Kaady died is at this point, to large extent, conjecture. Only a general picture of what happened, gathered together through accounts from eyewitness and relayed by family members to the public through corporate news agencies and in personally written articles here on Portland Indymedia has been assembled. A clearly established account of what occurred isn't possible at this time, given that details of any investigations completed or ongoing by either family or law enforcement agencies have yet to be released. Very likely, a long period of legal proceedings will begin starting with the grand jury meeting at Clackamas County Courthouse on Monday the 17th and Tuesday the 18th.
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