On March 22, 2010, Officer James Crooker provided "lethal cover" as he and other officers presided over the dead body of Jack Collins, a long-time Portlander who lived outside and had just been shot to death by Officer Jason Walters at the Hoyt Arboretium. The picture that appears in the Oregonian, however, shows a smiling Officer Crooker at the Rose Festival, whom a suburbanite blogger has befriended and gushed over in her blog.
The suburban blogger witnessed the cop being asked to leave the Red and Black and just could not comprehend why cops make people, especially homeless people and political activists, uncomfortable. So she wrote on her blog about how terrible it was that Officer Crooker wasn't invited to stay at the Red and Black and make everyone feel intimidated, and for some reason all the local mainstream media goose-steppers have felt it necessary to amplify her message if incomprehension to the nth degree.
This incident and the following media backlash against the Red and Black demonstrates the split in society between the privileged and those who more often than not feel the pressure of the boot of authority on their necks. The Red and Black consistently takes its stand against oppression and those of us who stand with them can be proud of the fact that Officer Crooker was asked to take a hike. While I can't speak for others, I personally support whole-heartedly the decision to not tolerate the oppressive presence of a police officer in an otherwise safe space.