Portland Police Association Backs Away From "Aggression" Remarks;
Fire Frashour Campaign Considers Disclaimer "Disingenuous"
Portland, Oregon -- Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner is trying to distance himself from a controversial article in the Association's newsletter, The Rap Sheet. The article, printed in the November issue, urged police departments to "reward aggression," and encouraged the cops to use their guns rather than less-lethal weaponry.
When asked about the article, Turner tried to back away from its claims. He told KXL radio: "We have different points of view in the Rap Sheet. . . . Just because we have an article that we publish in our paper doesn't mean that's a policy that we go by, or belief that we go by."
"Daryl Turner's comments are utterly disingenuous," said Kathryn Cates of the Fire Frashour Campaign. "The Portland Police Association encourages the cops to shoot people, it defends them when they do, but Turner doesn't want to take responsibility for the consequences."
Another Fire Frashour member, Geoff McNamara, adds: "Far from representing different points of view, the Rap Sheet has consistently encouraged police violence and argued against accountability."
The Rap Sheet article was one of several issues raised by Fire Frashour at a press conference on Monday. The group linked the Police Association's advocacy of aggression to the recent shooting of Darryel Ferguson, and to the exclusion the press and the public from ongoing contract talks.
The Fire Frashour Campaign demands that all killer cops be fired, that police contract negotiations be open to the public, and that binding arbitration be removed from the Police Association contract.