Numerous citizens stood witness to your unwarranted, unjustified, and violent snatch and grab tactics of yesterday. Not only did you use excessive force and needlessly endangered the lives of numerous citizens, your tactics almost created a riot. Perhaps this was your intention?
For all those who may be unaware of the circumstances, lets do a quick recap shall we? Yesterday's Million Mask March was a non-violent event. At one point a few activists engaged in a non-violent sit-in in the middle of a cross walk. The police repeatedly threatened these individuals with violence, as they typically do (because this is the only tool in their tool box). The activists responded by leaving the crosswalk and the march went about its way. A few blocks up the road, the PPB decided to do a snatch and grab to arrest the individual who was in the cross walk previously. They did this by bringing in mounted horses, vehicles, motorcycles, and more. The police then tackled this young man to the ground and kidnapped him.
To see footage:
link to www.katu.com
Those that have been observing your MO for years know that your repressive tactics and violence against protesters has been escalating. Your tactics and approaches with the public and advocates of justice are egregious. The time has come to clarify a few matters:
1.) At no time, will the use of a permit reconcile with the right to freely assemble. The use of non-violent civil disobedience will forever be at odds with your desire for control and repression. Any city or state ordinances that contradict the right to freely assemble and redress grievances through the use of non-violent civil disobedience, will not be recognized as just or valid laws.
2.) Since these two concepts are NOT reconcilable you would do well to consider the phenomenon of escalation, which you currently are often the main contributor. If your primary goal is to prevent a riot, the phenomenon of escalation says do not start one. 'As above, so it is below.' Your actions become a mirror of public consciousness. This is true for the actions of police and activists. If you do not wish to start a riot, then you will have to consider and take accountability for your own role in the situation. If it is knowledge that you lack, then the time has come to acquire new tools. These tools will not come from your institution No longer can your orders, or 'A' typical responses be an excuse for a lack of humane and engaged public service.
3.) Citizens of Portland will have to come to a decision about how to address your offenses. It is clear that no amount of public input or community review boards have the teeth necessary to hold your bureau accountable for its employees, or actions. Whatever the community decides it can be guaranteed, it will likely involve MORE non-violent civil disobedience, not less.