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PORTLAND COPWATCH GROUP DENIED MEETING WITH MAYOR 7/23/14

NEWS ITEM: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2014

LONG-TIME POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP DENIED MEETING WITH MAYOR

Portland Copwatch, an organization promoting police accountability since 1992,
has been denied a meeting with Mayor/Police Commissioner Charlie Hales after
three months of back-and-forth with his scheduler and police liaison. Although
the group has met with every Chief and Mayor since its creation, the current
Commissioner seems to be shutting out the organization, after meeting with them
a year ago on July 22, 2013.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------


> Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:39:45
> From: Portland Copwatch < copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org>
> To: News Media < newsmedia@portlandcopwatch.org>
> Cc: Mayor Charlie Hales < mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov>,
> Deanna Wesson-Mitchell < Deanna.Wesson-Mitchell@portlandoregon.gov>,
> Susan Dietz < Susan.Dietz@portlandoregon.gov>
> Subject: NEWS: Long-Time Police Accountability Group Denied Meeting with Mayor
>
> Portland Copwatch
> (a project of Peace and Justice Works)
> PO Box 42456
> Portland, OR 97242
> (503) 236-3065 (office)
> (503) 321-5120 (incident report line)
>  copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org
>  http://www.portlandcopwatch.org
>
> NEWS ITEM
>
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2014
>
> Contact: Dan Handelman, Portland Copwatch 503-236-3065
>
> LONG-TIME POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP DENIED MEETING WITH MAYOR
>
> Portland Copwatch, an organization promoting police accountability since 1992,
> has been denied a meeting with Mayor/Police Commissioner Charlie Hales after
> three months of back-and-forth with his scheduler and police liaison. Although
> the group has met with every Chief and Mayor since its creation, the current
> Commissioner seems to be shutting out the organization, after meeting with them
> a year ago on July 22, 2013.
>
> Portland Copwatch (PCW) is known for "doing its homework," and has had
> representatives on several official City committees over the years dealing with
> police oversight and racial profiling. PCW also brought attention to the Joint
> Terrorism Task Force issue in late 2000, when Mayor Hales was a City
> Commissioner and eventually was the only member to vote against renewing
> Portland's collaboration with the FBI.
>
> While other groups such as AirBnB buy time with the Mayor, Portland Copwatch,
> an all- volunteer non-profit educational group, gets no such deference.
>
> The email thread beginning with the April request has been posted at
> < http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/mayormeeting2014.html> .
>
> For context about the requests from the Mayor's police liaison, (Officer)
> Deanna Wesson Mitchell, note that PCW was vocal upon her hiring that an insider
> from the Bureau who would be able to rejoin the force at any time is not the
> appropriate person to liaison between the community and the police. PCW stands
> by this analysis.
>
> In the midst of ongoing anti-homeless policies, revived crackdowns to target
> "gangs" (read in Portland as "all African American young men the police see"),
> more shootings of people in mental health crisis despite the pending Department
> of Justice settlement agreement, and the overturning of two egregious policy
> violations by Capt. Mark Kruger, the group is hoping that public pressure will
> help convince the Mayor it's time to sit down and talk police accountability.
>
> For more information contact PCW at 503-236-3065 or
>  copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org.
>
> THE EMAILS (April-July 2014)
>
> Initial request-April 18
> First Reply from Scheduler-April 21
> First Followup by Portland Copwatch-April 22
> Second Followup by Portland Copwatch-April 30
> Next Note from Scheduler-May 21
> Third Followup by Portland Copwatch-May 21
> Note from Scheduler-June 10
> Fourth Followup by Portland Copwatch-June 11
> Next Reply-(Officer) Wesson Mitchell-July 16
> Fifth Followup by Portland Copwatch-July 17
> (Officer) Wesson Mitchell Denies Meeting Request-July 17
>
> For more information contact Portland Copwatch at 503-236-3065. (The number for
> the Mayor's office is 503-823-4120.)

homepage: homepage: http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/


PCW has marginalized itself 30.Jul.2014 21:19

anon

Police accountability is not the goal - NO POLICE is their goal. This will be accomplished by preventing future occurrences of police abuse by promoting litigious behavior by virtually anyone who feels they were wronged by police - this will eventually drain the city budget, reduce police, discourage "snitching" among witnesses of crime and promote violence against police. PCW has had plenty of opportunities to express their tired agenda to the city - does anyone know how many times?

The City of Portland Police Bureau Is Useless 30.Jul.2014 22:41

blues

There would be far less crime without them. They are psychopaths that kill for fun.

Do Not Call them!

Protect yourself. The people elected without simple score voting will only work for the insiders.