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Man Violently Jumped by Undercover Portland Police for Unknown Crime

Today I witnessed a man jumped by undercover Portland Police for an unknown crime in Downtown. Besides the fact I was not able to obtain information about why they were arresting him, the methodology of the act was disturbingly violent. They inflicted head trauma to the man being arrested, when it didn't appear to the observer such force was necessary or warranted.
Blood spilled by the police in their violent arrest.
Blood spilled by the police in their violent arrest.
Today at around 2:30pm in downtown Portland on 4th Avenue between Morrison and Alder St, I witnessed an arrest made by undercover Portland police. As I was walking north along 4th Avenue, two people (one sturdy white man and one blonde white woman, both mid-to-late-thirties) walking slightly ahead of me were acting a bit suspiciously: both had walkie-talkies on and appeared bulky in their clothing. All of a sudden these two people both rushed across Morrison Street toward a man walking north as well. Four other people rushed in opposite directions toward the man and shoved him to the ground in no time. They immediately began to undo their outer shirts, revealing T-shirts with "Portland Police" emblazoned across the chest and back. They were saying, "You're under arrest, don't move!" The man being arrested (white, late thirties, wearing a T-shirt with the word "BOSS" on the front") did not resist but lay prone on the sidewalk as they put handcuffs on him. The undercover police looked around and regrouped, discussing the situation as someone continued to lay against the man pinning to the ground. This last for around 5 minutes or so. Finally the stood the man up.
At this point I walked past the group and questioned the nearest man, a white male, late thirties to early forties, with short-cropped brown hair. I asked him, "Hey what's going on here?" to which he replied a tad aggressively, "It's none of your business, move along."
I told him it looked like they were police and being a citizen I felt I had a right to know what they were arresting this man for. Again: "We made an arrest. That's all. Keep moving." The man was quite intimidating at this point, obviously wanting me to go along my way without care for what I had seen.
However, I took a look at the arrested man, who had been pulled up by this point. He was bleeding what looked like a minor to medium head injury. His right arm was skinned where it scraped the pavement. The officer holding him nudged the man and said, "He's fine. Tell him you're fine." The handcuffed man assented and said, "Yeah I'm fine" although he looked anything but. I held this officer's gaze for a moment not saying anything but obviously incredulous at this.
Unfortunately I can't remember if I said anything after that but I was still so shocked and unsure how to proceed I walked away. I didn't get any badge numbers or ID numbers and the officers were again only wearing the navy blue T-shirts that read "Portland Police" on them. They headed back the way I had just been walking, south along 4th Avenue (I'd assume back towards the Police headquarters near City Hall).
I'm sorry to say I don't have any further information than this. But from what I saw the arrested man had definitely not been resisting or even aware of the officer's presence. He was wearing a backpack though. I just was disturbed by how violent the methodology of this arrest was. Granted, I have no further info to judge if he was considered dangerous or the like and so warranted such an immediately dominating tackle by officers, but with six police officers on one man (who didn't look particularly strong or dangerous), to the untrained and un-knowledgeable bystander, I would guess they would have been able to arrest him without bloodshed.
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Blood was spilled. I took a picture with my cellphone (apologies for the quality). You can see though it wasn't just a minor wound. He was definitely bleeding pretty good.
Any other info people may have, or if you saw the incident, would be great. I'm just reporting what I saw today.

ummm 02.Sep.2011 20:12

Joe Anybody

I filmed this same group downtown today as they arrested someone (less violently) in the same area

video coming soon

i've seen them too 03.Sep.2011 10:14


every now and then in old town/china town, though i didn't witness this event. they drive a mini van (dark blue?) with regular oregon state licence plates.

video: copwatching 9.2.11 03.Sep.2011 18:53


same day different time n place
cop watching in Portland

(3:40 min video)

blue shirts 05.Sep.2011 12:59


some of the same players ....different day ....differnt palce ..same thing .... 2009


Filing a complaint 07.Sep.2011 13:07


If you think the force used was excessive, as it sounds like from your description, you can file a complaint here:

The more evidence you have the better. It's pretty concerning having police out with any name tags, but they are required to give you a business card if you ask for one.

Maybe that guy really was fine (or maybe he wasn't), but what if they ran up and tackled someone who had some kind of injury or epilepsy? Cops tend to be big people, and it's pretty easy to get hurt on concrete. Maybe the guy really did commit a crime, but we put people in prison (which is already horrible) for crimes. We don't also beat them up. Or rather, we shouldn't.


Jerry Atlansky jmatlansky@gmail.com

Wed Oct 12, 2011 From: Jerry Atlansky-Founder/Chairperson United States Police/Oregon State Police- Independent Citizens Review Board Portland, Oregon 97213 Subject: "KILL AT WILL, WITHOUT DUE CAUSE" POLICE TACTICS! For over five years our police oversight board, the nations only all volunteer, self appointed, self funded, non-controlled by any government officials with the only goals to implement the nations first law, Oregon State Senate Bill 111 Police Use Of Deadly Physical Force with our program attached, Truly Reforming Law Enforcement. This program is a five major steps of procedures and training for new police cadets and certified officers in classrooms and mock action situations to guide all officers when an officer starts to violate a citizens civil rights to stop the current, "KILL AT WILL, WITHOUT DUE CAUSE" police tactics. Not one of the 19,000+ federal, state, county, city, university nor American Native Officers/bureaus have any guidelines in regards as stated above. In 2007 Oregon Senate Bill 111 was passed and signed by then Governor Hardy Myers and mandated to be in full force on July 1, 2008 with the requirement that all officers be educated and trained to be better prepared to save many lives of innocent citizens and taxpayers millions of dollars for litigation costs to better fund law enforcement agencies. Since the 36 Oregon County Planning Authorties failed to follow the above mandate for preventive unjustified lethal force by offending officers plans, we received the verbal support prior to the then Prof. John Kroger of Lewis & Clark started his campaign for Oregon Attorney General that he will assist us when he is elected in 2008. We agreed to endorse Kroger listed at the top of our updated fact data with a mass emailing throughout Oregon. In November of 2008 we received a direct letter from Kroger thanking us for our action that helped him receive one million votes, winning all the counties, and both major parties. Soon after Kroger took office in 2009 till today Kroger failed to reply directly to us, gave us three meetings with his staff, refused to debate with me at his last employer why he has premeditated his breach of oath of office, senate bill 111, other state, federal laws and The United States Constitution. Kroger also said in 2008 he will be working with me in the upcoming days to come. It is now over 900 days and many people have died under his non-leadership, derelict of duties, due to his complete lack of integrity. In the past two years thousands of Oregonians have contacted his office by phone and email demanding he resign immediately and again not one direct contact from him to any of the outraged citizens as he announced he will run for a second term in 2012. Within a week we expect to endorse another candidate to have our program started so Oregon will be the first in the country to protect all people from untrained, and unfit officers to make this a much safer nation. For all people that want to know our action we will take next week please leave us a message on our email address: jmatlansky@gmail.com 24/365...Think/Act Positive! Future success, Jerry Atlansky

Portland, Oregon 97213