NOVEMBER FIFTH PROTEST AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY.
WHEN:5PM THIS SUNDAY NOVEMBER FIFTH
WHERE: NORTH PARK BLOCKS- NEAR THE ELEPHANT
-BRING CANDLES, SIGNS, AND PICTURES OF THE SLAIN-
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Due to mounting police violence against Portland residents, we feel that it is necessary to demonstrate our anger and indignation at what Portland Police are doing. We are not alone, there are a variety of protests and dialogues that have been organized across this community to deal with reckless police violence. We support the variety of efforts being made to make our police more accountable.
Community members recently expressed their frustration in a demonstration at Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer's home. This sparked her outrage, and the outrage of many officers, that protesters would dare violate the sanctity of an officers home with their concerns. We understand this. No one goes to sleep with the desire in their heart that they will be awakened by an angry community's cries for change. What Rosie Sizer, and every officer needs to understand is that there is a human impact and real cost to their force's brutality. More than a ruined trust, there is a real cost to our communities sanctity. Most decent members of this community do not go to sleep hoping that the police will kill their neighbor.
We do not feel safe. Many Portland residents do not feel safe, knowing that Portland's police officers may kill them with impunity. Will these officers be punished? Chances are, they will not. They are often rewarded, by the Portland Police Association, and the Beareau. This is one reason among many why Portland's Police can expect more protests. They cannot be allowed to feel secure while we do not. They cannot be allowed peace, without justice first.
What do we want? We will not rest until every cop lives in, and is accountable to the communities they police. It is not enough to call yourself community police. You must live in and be accountable to the communities you police. We are fed up with the Portland Police Bureau's disrespectful process of dealing with police accountability. We are fed up with the Portland Police Association's lack of willingness to admit the problem exists, and deal with it. Officers on the street are endangered by the Association's lack of leadership in dealing with the community driven processes for change, and endangered by our community's lack of trust in them.
We act in solidarity, and support the recommendations of the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center's listening secession report.
( http://nwcrc.org/racialprofiling_final_draft.pdf) We demand that the Portland Police Bureau, and the Portland Police Association do the same. If PPA President Robert King, and the PPA do not engage in a community process to end police brutality and racial profiling, a process will engage them. Count on it.
enough is enough