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Video: Rally and Picket of the Portland Police Association Contract Negotiations

This morning, September 17, 2010, Rose City Copwatch and the Fire Frashour Campaign organized a Rally and Picket in front of the Portland Building in downtown Portland on the first day of the negotiations between the City and the Police Union.

Rally and Picket of Contract Negotiations
These negotiations today were being held in an open meeting, but the word is that the Police Association is pushing for future meetings to be held behind closed doors. This is unacceptable, and many in this gathering spoke out sharply against such meetings and for more transparency in the police department.
Rahsaan Muhammad of the Fire Rashour Campaign stated that these negotiations have been held up for some time now, due to just that position of the Portland Police Association.

There have been many questionable killings of Portland citizens at the hands of the police, yet, in some instances, due to something called the mandatory arbitration in their contract, these disciplined officers are reinstated and awarded back pay. Rose City Copwatch and Members of the Fire Frashour Campaign gathered to voice their opinion and put an end to this mandatory arbitration.

For further information, firefrashour@gmail.com, or 503-816-9205

Rally and Picket of Contract Negotiations

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Update from Meeting 18.Sep.2010 13:00

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

I missed the protest out front, but attended the meeting.

The next meeting is all day on Friday Oct 1.

The meeting is at the same place (the Portland Building)

The next all day meeting ..... is Open To the Public.

I didn't see any city council members at this meeting. There was one side of the table that was of "the city administration staff / spokesperson (lawyer)(?) but they were no one that I recognized.

The discussion of discipline was not brought up while I was there either.

Thanks for filming this Jim and to those that organized and participated.

Thanks for the all the public citizen involvement. Inside the meeting at times, there as many as 20 [or more] listening from the sides of the room. Portland Copwatch, And Rose City Copwatch were both here.... as well as other prominent activists and concerned organizers for justice and police accountability.

The (sic) corporate media was hovering all around with their million dollar cameras and vans

No video, texting, pictures, or cell use allowed inside the meeting.

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A follow up (report)comment by Dan Handleman (Portland Copwatch)relayed to me by email states the following:

I nervously sat watching the Portland Police Association contract negotiations this morning, realizing they had put such strict limitations on the observers that something would happen to cause them to throw us all out. However, we were able to observe the entire 3 hours (minus two breaks) and the world did not come to an end.

As a result, it was announced that the next meeting, to be held ALL DAY on Friday, October 1, will be in a City of Portland facility and open to the public to observe. This is quite good news coming on the fourth anniversary of the death of James Chasse--an incident that was much on my mind as the PPA lawyer asked for about $500 per year per officer to cover expenses like body armor,which comes out to about $450,000, after the police cost the city $1.6 million in that case. (Well, about $1 million came from the insurance company.)

Anyway, the Independent Police Review Division has set up trainings for the Citizen Review Committee and Police Review Board members which will also be held IN PUBLIC in City Council chambers on Tuesday nights starting October 5 from 6-9 PM...

[A schedule is to be sent out soon.]
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