I've been reading about Keaton Otis, the young man PPB recently murdered: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/05/portland_man_shot_by_police_wa.html and watching the video shot by Christina Lais: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/05/portland_man_shot_by_police_wa.html and watching the video shot by Christina Lais: link to www.oregonlive.com
It seems a lot of people are jumping to the conclusion that this man was a dealer, a gang member, or that he "deserved" it. This man was targeted by the HEAT Hotspot Enforcement Action Team (aka racial profiling squad http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2010/05/13/heat-at-the-lloyd-center) for making a turn without signaling! The police immediately escalated the situation, coming out guns drawn. Only after they tased the shit out of him (a weapon that has been known to kill) did a supposed gunshot go off. Then they stood around and beanbagged him while he died.
Regardless of however the system "failed" this man, the police clearly escalated a situation to violent and fatal levels. Millions of people make unsignalled turns all the time, and they rarely get honked at for it. This man's life was threatened because of it. Clearly racial profiling had everything to do with it.
We need to point out the fucked up aspects of this murder to the community. Theres the Anti-Police brutality show on the 22nd, and various direct actions have been taken against the police, thats all awesome. But can we mobilize something so we aren't just preaching to the choir? I think we need a forum somewhere where other people can hear a discussion, and not just racist, ignorant, apologist statements from the police, government, and media. But are arguments need to be a little more explanatory than "cops pigs murderers"