Frequent Portland-Indy readers may recall that I reported an incident here in May, in which I was confronted by a sort of armed vigilante parking-patrol as I attempted to look in a shop window on East Burnside. One of them called my employer (because I was wearing my Tri-Met uniform between shifts)-- I bitched him out royally; then the woman said she had a gun. I attempted to provoke her to pull it (so that I could save my butt by executing a dodge-grab maneuver that I learned long ago). This frustrated the woman mightily. So they called the cops and said that they were threatened, and I left.
The "parking patrol" (actually brother and sister Bill and Judy Craine, owners of Holman's Restaurant and Bar) actually filed charges. A week or so later, I was tricked into a "meeting with my manager" and tackled at work by the Portland cops--the arresting officer was Park (yes, Taser-death Park).
This week I went to trial. The 9-11 tape had Bill and Judy merrily laughing that I was "big and ugly," and the cop text messages said they were going to arrest a "big transvestite--anyone wanna come?" The jury didn't believe the cops or Judy--so no Resisting Arrest charge, nor a rap for "threatening" Judy--but they bought Bill's complaint that he thought I was about to hit him, at some point.
So this Friday, October 6th, at Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 330, I am to face sentencing for my crime. The original "Menacing" charge was changed (not due to plea bargain), and the actual charge is an obscure City misdemeanor ordinance evidently intended to reduce bar-fight confrontations downtown. Therefore, I do not face a year in jail, but rather only ten days, and a $500 fine.
In my opinion, this whole proceeding has been bizarre and a waste of tax money. It has also stressed my family and myself, and cost me thousands in lawyer fees. I think it really boils down to this: can an uppity queer talk back to tormentors, or is that illegal now?
Thanking you fo your time, I am