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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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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.
(a project of Peace and Justice Works)
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (office)
(503) 321-5120 (incident report line)
Posted on Portland Indymedia by Yuk