To our friends and neighbors in Portland
Portland Copwatch has had an incident report line for people to leave
messages about potential misconduct by Portland Police or Multnomah
County sheriffs since 1993. We recently added the ability for people to
text to that number as well.
We want to invite people who witness or experience first hand any
enforcement of the Governor's stay-at-home order, whether it's a warning
or a citation, to let us know about it. Ideally you should have evidence
of the encounter (if you recorded video, we don't need it, just let us
know you have it, same if you got a written warning or citation).
You should let us know:
--at what location (street corners or address) it happened
--what day and time of day it happened
--officer(s)'s name(s) if you got them
(if it's Portland Police there should be a nametag on their
outermost garment. If you got something in writing their name
and DPSST number should be on it. If they verbally warn you
they should either voluntarily give you a business card or
give you one if you ask. Note this means coming within six feet...)
PCW is very concerned that, even with promises by the Governor, Mayor
and law enforcement not to target houseless persons, such enforcement
will be disproportionately aimed at vulnerable populations including
people of color, houseless individuals, youth, LGBTQIA community
members, and people with mental health issues.
At this time we do not think the City is tracking the demographics of
warnings around the stay at home order. We suggest you contact City
Council and suggest that the police begin to do so immediately. We don't
want to wait until the next ratcheting up of the state of emergency to
ensure there is not (more) biased policing going on.
The number for the incident report line is 503-321-5120.
Please share this around.
dan handelman and other members of