On Monday, Mars will go on trial for trespassing.
Clearly at OHSU, just asking about their animal research is considered suspicious behavior. The public pays millions of dollars for this experimentation and it is supposedly for our benefit yet we have no right to even ask about it?
Below is a repost of Mars's story.
The charge, originally a misdemeanor, has been reduced to a violation. Mars plead not guilty and will have a trial on Monday.
If anyone is interested in attending the trial:
Monday, November 7, 2:00
Courtroom 124, Multnomah County Courthouse
1021 SW 4th Ave., Portland
My Learning Experience at OHSU
On Wednesday, August 17th, I went up to OHSU to pick up some information they had offered me and ended up getting manhandled and arrested.
That morning, I had phoned OHSU president Peter Kohler's office (503-494-8252) to inquire about their animal research and to get their side of the issue. I spoke to someone who identified herself as Tiffany. She offered to mail me information but I elected to pick it up since I was going out anyway. She told me I should go to the front desk in Mackenzie Hall and the printed materials would be there for me.
When I arrived, the woman at the window did not know anything about any printed information. I returned to my car to get the number I had called earlier and when I returned to the building I started to notice things seemed strange. As I went up to the window where I had been before, the woman I had spoken to saw me and walked away. I was then approached by two men who told me I needed to leave the building. Confused, I asked why. They told me I looked suspicious. I asked what was suspicious about me and did not get an answer. I then headed outside of the building, leaving the same way I came.
I reached the sidewalk on Sam Jackson road, started walking to the right and noticed someone behind a bush, talking on a walkie talkie. I turned around, headed back down the sidewalk and the guy behind the bush joined up with the other individual who was following me. I was followed down the sidewalk and across the street. They were continuing to tell me to leave even though I was walking on the sidewalk away from them. Then a security officer came up from behind me, pushed me and said I was under arrest. I was then pushed up against a car, handcuffed with two sets of handcuffs and searched. At this point three officers were there. I was then put in a cop car and taken to their security office and kept there for two hours while they questioned me and wrote their report.
While I was being held (in handcuffs) in the security office, the officers copied my driver's license and LIBRARY CARD. They also took lots of pictures of me including my car, clothes, and boots. A Portland Police officer showed up and issued me a citation for criminal trespassing and then I was released and escorted to my vehicle. I have notice to appear in court on September 13 to enter my plea.
I came away from this experience shaken and wondering what is going on at OHSU if they treat someone like this who was only trying to get information about a controversial issue. Is there something they are trying to hide?