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TO COUNCIL: Allow testimony, be on the right side of history, reject the contract

We urge you to reconsider the heavy-handed, undemocratic position you have taken to hold a City Council meeting without the public present. You should allow testimony on the Amendments to the Portland Police Association contract. The Amendments were introduced after a 2.5 hour recess on September 28 when a number of groups / individuals had already testified, including ours. When Council left the chambers on October 5 to avoid listening to what probably would have amounted to 1 hour of testimony, those of us awaiting to speak spent over 2 hours waiting for you to reconvene. Meanwhile, the allegedly desperately thin ranks of the Police Bureau were largely inside City Hall arresting and intimidating those who remained inside. We were also treated to a fleet of Department of Homeland Security vehicles parked in the street and several federal officers inside the hall. These measures and others listed below are indicators that Mayor Hales is willing to use any heavy handed tactic he can to push through the inadequate PPA contract. Portland Copwatch urges you not to be on the wrong side of history. You must delay this vote and let the next Mayor negotiate what his police will do.
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