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Citizens Crime Commission Supports Violent Police Tactics for Fundraiser in Portland

As the DOJ is looking at the Portland Police and their use of "force" and as local communities join together to bring police accountability issues to the front of the table for real change, transparency and justice the ex police chief of Portland is ratcheting up his new job promoting "police tools" at an invitation only firearms and tactical show in Portland on April Fools Day.
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Citizens Crime Commission Supports Violent Police Tactics for Fundraiser

The Citizens Crime Commission, which recently appointed former Portland Police Chief Mike Reese as its executive director, is holding a charity event for $1000 per person which focuses on violent police tactics. While the non-profit talks about wanting to "improve civility and strengthen crime," the invitation-only event "Meet the Heat" reads more like an invitation to fetishize cops and robbers mentality.

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 http://weblink.portlandalliance.com/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=4312

There is no mention of community police relations, de-escalation, institutional racism or Crisis Intervention, only "Emergency Vehicle Maneuvers, Firearms and Tasers, Realistic Scenarios, Defensive Tactics, the Special Emergency Response Team and K9 Unit!" [exclamation point-sic]

Perhaps it is an April Fool's joke as the CCC's event is scheduled on April 1, to raise funds for the Portland Police Foundation-- though the $1000 donation also gets you an "associate membership" in the CCC.

In the shadow of the US Department of Justice Agreement with the City of Portland to reduce unnecessary use of force, this seems an ill-advised means to attract donors who wish to support law enforcement and reduce crime. It looks more like an ad for a "Lethal Weapon" sequel.

Portland Copwatch calls upon the CCC to cancel or re-focus the event on real ways the Portland Police can help make the community safer without glamorizing the violence which we are told is only used in a fraction of all police contacts.

For more information contact Portland Copwatch at 503-236-3065.

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

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The Portland NAACP will protest at Citizens Crime Commission April 1st - 8AM 30.Mar.2016 09:37

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Protesting the: Citizens Crime Commission Supports Violent Police Tactics for Fundraiser

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The Citizens Crime Commission, which recently appointed former Portland
Police Chief Mike Reese as its executive director, is holding a charity
event for $1000 per person which focuses on violent police tactics. While
the non-profit talks about wanting to "improve civility and strengthen
crime," the invitation-only event "Meet the Heat" reads more like an
invitation to fetishize cops and robbers mentality.

The NAACP Portland Branch voted to hold an action on Friday April 1st 2016
starting at 8:00 AM

The Portland Police Foundation & the Citizens Crime Commission are holding
a fundraiser at $1,000 per person at the Portland Police Training Facility
located at 14912 NE Airport Way from 9:00am-2:00pm on Friday. It is
billed as "Meet the Heat!" Come see police maneuvers in their cars, meet
the K9 Unit, meet hero cop Paul Meyer (though they don't say what makes
him a hero).

The whole event is the wrong message to send to a community under a
settlement agreement with the U.S. Justice Department for using excessive
force against persons with or perceived mental health issues.

Since our call for a legal opinion on whether this is a misuse of public
resources has gone unanswered by the Mayor and Portland City Council, we
will let our voices be heard.

We are encouraging people to bring cameras and recording devices. We want
to know who in our community can buy access to Portland police.

3 pictures from the protest 01.Apr.2016 13:01

joe anybody iam@joeanybody.com

40 to 50 people show up to protest the event outside between 8 and 10AM

around 20 - 30 with 1,000 dollars to donate go inside

a video is coming soon