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.
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2016 15:10:04
From: Portland Copwatch < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: NEWS: Citizens Crime Commission Supports Violent Police Tactics
(a project of Peace and Justice Works)
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (office)
(503) 321-5120 (incident report line)
For immediate release February 29, 2016
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.
link to i2.wp.com
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.
NAACP Portland Chapter President JoAnn Hardesty just announced
information about the NAACP upcoming action protesting the "Meet the Heat"
fundraiser scheduled for Friday at the Bureau's training facility.
You may also have seen it was quoted in the Willamette Week's
"murmurs" last Wednesday:
link to www.wweek.com
On JoAnn's weekly Thursday morning show on KBOO last Thursday
( http://kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedgeon032416 ) it was mentioned that people
who donate the $1000 will receive a "badge." It's not clear whether that
means a Portland Police Bureau badge, but it might-- I was reminded
recently that the reason the cops who were disciplined for posting "I Am
Darren Wilson" were dinged for behavior and not misuse of a badge is that
the Bureau never copyrighted their badge.