A plan born at a rally for a young man, Fouad Kaady, gunned down by police as he suffered, naked and burned... people have pledged to retake control of their local purveyors of lethal force, to stand and demand a system that serves them, protects them, doesn't kill their children.
In the words of another Indymedia reporter, "Cops cannot be allowed to police themselves... [They] will do pretty much as their bosses require, and their bosses are us... in the long run, if we require them to answer to civilians, they will do so."
Another citizen elaborates, "Just to point out the obvious, as long as [cops] are walking our streets with guns in their hands and 'procedures' as nebulous as theirs, we ALL risk taking bullets in the performance of our daily routines. Because until we take back control over the police forces we are paying for, any one of us could be their next victim... We need to reclaim our own power over the people we have hired 'to serve and protect' our community. We do not need to ask them for this power, we need to take it."
Here is the address for the meeting. Be there by 9:30 so you can add your name to the list if you wish to speak. Each person has 3 minutes. Just being there is the action!
Clackamas County Commissioners
2051 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone: (503) 655-8581
Fax: (503) 742-5919
If you cannot attend the meeting, please call the Clackamas County Commissioners office @ (503) 655-8581 between 9a-11a to tell them what you think of their "procedures" and what needs to happen next.
Commissioners' schedule, statement about the conditions of citizen comment, and the availability of videos of commissioners' meetings: http://www.co.clackamas.or.us/bcc/ag_sch.htm
Any injustice the system fails to punish, we must regard as the intent of the system.