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The U.S. miltary attempted this during the Vietnam War and it was a major
The Belmont Law Center Writes About the Recent Civil Rights Lawsuit Settlement
A news conference was held today, December 1, 2004, in the law office of Alan Graf concerning the recent settlement of a lawsuit over police brutality and use of excessive force against non violent protestors.
City of Portland and the Portland Police Bureau Concedes Defeat
Agrees to Pay $300,000 plus Attorney Fees and Costs to End Law Suit
Press Conference Team of Activists and National Lawyers Guild Attorneys Bring City of Portland to its Knees.
News conference tomorrow afternoon, December 1 at Alan Graf's law office, 1020 SW Taylor, Suite 230 re settlement of Marbet et al. v. City of Portland and Ellis et al. v. City of Portland.
Hooray! case dismissed!
On March 16, 2004, the Citizens Review Committee (CRC) of the Independent Police Review Division (IPR) held its monthly meeting in Portland City Hall. CRC meetings are open to the public.
On the CRC's agenda at this meeting was Bill Ellis, a Portlander in his mid-20s, who appealed the IPR's denial of his claims of excessive force against numerous Portland police officers during a war protest on March 25, 2003. Video taken by several cameras at the scene on SW Fifth Avenue and Taylor Street show Portland police officer Leo Besner approaching Ellis on a bicycle. As Ellis ambles up the sidewalk, protest sign in hand and accompanied by a large group of peaceful protestors, officer Besner instructs him to 'come here.' Seconds later, Besner grabs Ellis' arm and swings him out into the street, throwing Ellis off-balance as Ellis tries to avoid falling over Besner's bicycle. Ellis is body-blocked, slammed head-first into the pavement, handcuffed, and pepper sprayed in the eyes from point blank range while dozens of stunned demonstrators look on in disbelief.
In the early days of the US invasion of Iraq the people of Portland, Oregon repeatedly took to the streets to express their grievances with the policies of their government. Despite the protests being peaceful and law-abiding police brutality and repression increased against those who chose to exercise their first amendment rights. In the wake of these events, several federal civil rights lawsuits were filed against the city.
During street protests after the U.S. government's invasion of Iraq in March 2003, police in Portland, Oregon, became brutal in their treatment of activists on the street. Furious about the unfair, pro-cop, pro-violence coverage of these events by the local corporate media, media activists put together a video showing the real story and gave it to the corporate media. Corporate media was very selective in what it chose to air, however, and this video exposes how they still told lies even when given the truth in a clear, easily presentable form. Corporate media is beyond redemption.
I'm doing research for police accountability and remember reading about a man only identified as a Los Angelos Police Officer in civilian clothes.
Alan Graf appeared in front of city hall today, along with Miranda May, Randy Lyon, and William Ellis. May and Ellis were both assaulted by Portland police officers while exercising their first amendment rights during an anti-war protest on March 25th, 2003. Lyon was assaulted by Portland police officers on March 20th, 2003, while working as an engineer for KATU.
Announcing a press conference at City Hall at 12 PM April 17th Thursday regarding upcoming law suits against the City of Portland over the heavy-handed tactics of the Portland Police Bureau.
a few pictures from the 3/29 peace rally downtown (article 1)
Images from the die-in in Pioneer Square on 3/29 (article 1)
Organized by a group calling themselves the Army of None, concerned citizens gathered at Pioneer Square on Saturday, March 29, 2003 to protest the U.S. illegal invasion of Iraq and the murder of innocent civilians. These gatherings will continue at 1:00 every Saturday at Pioneer Square.
I've just come back from the Peace Camp, where I talked to folks about the hit-and-run of a peace camper named Bill. As it turns out, the same truck that was involved in the hit and run has been taunting the peace camp all day today. 911 was even called about the earlier incidents, in which the driver repeatedly drove by at high speeds and swerved into the lane next to the peace camp. Here is what the peace campers report happened in the hit and run:
an indymedia reporter was arrested this afternoon in downtown portland. here is a report from a phone call i had with them.
Many of the people who were arrest on the 28th, and the 29th as well, were taken into custody rather brutally. We are asking that anyone with video footage, still shots, or eyewittness accounts contact us or Belmont Law offices to help out the arrestees.
Trying to substantiate details.
A report came in earlier today that a pick-up truck waving an American flag hit a peace camper. He was hit while riding his bike, and the incident was witnessed by several people. Thankfully, the peace camper did not sustain serious injuries.
A pro-war rally in Eugene Saturday was greated by counter-demonstrators. The confrontation lasted from 1PM to 4PM Saturday. A handfull of Eugene Anti-War demonstrators had the good corners staked out when the right-wing march arrived. But Eugene Peace Coalition went AWOL, or perhaps sunbathing. KLCC radio would not air appeal for Anti-War presense. Makes KBOO look political.
Mario Africa addresses the assembled crowd of marchers at the North Park Blocks on Friday, March 28.
I was struck by a man wearing a yellow jacket. Police refused to arrest him. He was accompanied by two other men, one of which spit on me and my companions. Please contact me if you saw this. (article 1)
Being effective is not just about getting numbers to rallies and events:
Why I believe we should build on the connection between American Empire and this war
Two arrests happened at 3:20 today, Peterson's Store between 9th and 10th on Morrison
First, a man who was the first to be arrested.
The second a person who was video-taping the arrest, became included when Officer Hunzeker #39600 of Central Precinct - located at 1111 s.w. 2nd, Portland, Oregon, 97204 (503) - 823 - 0097, arrested the videographer for allegedly "interfering with police".
At least 40,000 protestors were involved in a human chain in Germany, between the northern cities of Munster and Osnabrueck, 55 kms (35 miles) apart
About 23,000 took part in marches in Berlin, culminating in a rally in the Tiergarten park, and more Germans held protests in Stuttgart and Frankfurt, where 25 people were arrested as they tried to block the entrance to a US air base
three arrests so far on saturday
the peace camp is looking for cash donations to help keep itself going. the contact for this is todd, who can be reached at 971-570-7018.
also people could stop by...
Lots of people who were arrested yesterday during critical mass were separated from their bikes during their arrests. If you picked up anyone's bike, please contact us at Jail Support, 286-2477.
So here's a list of officer names that we have so far. If you were arrested M28 and we didn't touch bases with you, feel free to add your arrresting officers name as well if you have it.
Arraignments for the arrests from the actions yesterday, friday, 3/29 will be held on Monday, march 31st at 2:00pm at the justice center, 1120 SW 3rd avenue in courtroom four.
This is a great opportunity for a serious Peace and Justice activist.
A young child dances and claps with a large crowd of peace activists in Terry Schrunk Plaza on Friday.
Police pepperspraying a terrified woman for absolutely no reason. This is what Portland Biz Alliance and their lapdogs in City Hall want more of. (article 1)
Photos and report of the first belmont peace demo (article 1)
People, how are we going to respond when catastrophic loss of life occurs in Baghdad?
About 40 people at it's strongest, (60 if you count the cops), Thursday afternoon's march down Belmont, 20th, Hawthorne, and 39th was spirited, despite the stifling and ridiculous police presence. Unfortunately I didn't catch what happened on 32nd and Belmont, it appeared they were detaining someone, I only saw it from a distance and didn't have my camera. Anybody know? (article 1)
Help stop a violent officer.
The Mayor's office is recieving an influx of calls requesting more arrests and heavier response to protesters. The Mayor's office needs to hear from YOU! I was shocked to learn that I was in the small minority of caller's with the opinion that police response was too strong. Call the mayor NOW - 503.823.4120
Repulsive photos of police laughing about a woman they're terrorizing, torturing with their pepperspray. (article 1)
Image from the die-in
The woman that got assaulted on M25 by a big guy with a yellow jacket over by the Court House... The police should have his info if you want to file charges against him... (article 1)
On Saturday, March 22 I traveled out to New York from Philadelphia to join hundreds of thousands of others in New York declaring my opposition to the recent escalation of the US attack on Iraq.
Photo of Monday rally, Peace Park. Now going 24 hours a day, a major victory in the anti-war effort. Little Beirut (A.K.A. Portland) one of handful of cities in the country where support so high the authorities haven't dared shut it down. BUT IT NEEDS ONGOING COMMUNITY SUPPORT! REINFORCEMENTS, TARPS, BLANKETS...CERTAIN PROVISIONS...AND MOSTLY WATERPROOF MATERIALS FOR MAKING SIGNS.
These are pictures taken during today's (3/25) march and rally. The police early arrested a young man for jaywalking and my camera had no data card space left. I really wish I had that picture. The ones you'll see here range from about 12:30 to about 2:30pm. As far as I could see, the cops were busting folks for crossing the street. Hopefully people will see these and give a clearer narration... (article 1)
there will be a radical feeder march this friday to the pprc rally
Image of menacing individual at M24 rally.
Pictures from this morning's protest (after it merged) Downtown, including the arrest of one man at 6th & Yamhill. Link below.
Update from the march this morning...
Members of the Olympia, Washington Iraq Pledge of Resistance unfurl large peace banners on hillside below State Capitol building.
Clear Channel got some help with this one.
On Saturday, March 29th, People's Food Co-op will donate 7% of sales to local peace efforts.
These undercover cops have been mingling in the crowd almost on every march and they pretend to be protesters. The woman even carries a sign...
Secret police... he he not anymore. (article 1)
Sorry this is so late - enjoy! (article 1)
Come and pick up flyers from Pioneer Square tomorrow, Monday March 24, at 12 noon. Let everyone know about the action on Tuesday March 25.
Breaking out of the box, or the square, Pioneer square.... the march 22nd 4:00 rally.
An artist's report on the peace demonstration on Saturday 3/22 in Portland OR (article 1)
"Shut It Down!" march will meet at 8am Monday in waterfront park and meander thru town with stops at the offices of our local Lying KKKorporate Media to let them know we will not go away.
Pioneer Courthouse Square's "umbrella man" sculpture (officially titled, "Allow Me")joins antiwar rally.
I've been out in the streets for the last two nights and have seen tons of cameras documenting the events. But... where is their representation on this site? Is it just the protest tourists taking pictures, or are We the Media attempting to cover these powerful stories?
These two guys were chanting "No Peace, People's War!", and seemed really intent on aggravating the crowed to violence. The guy with the beard had a metal pole and was later seen getting into a fight and 'scuffling' with someone with it. There we several others with them, but I didn't get their pictures. I don't think I'm being paranoid....
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Here is the third undercover cop... (article 1)
Here is another guy who pretends to be a protestor...
notice on the third picture he is with his body... (article 1)
These undercover cops have been following the recent protests every where. They usually stay in the back of the march. Notice the ear piece of his radio in the third picture. The lady is also an undercover cop. (article 1)
I didn't get many good crowd shots, as it was getting dark, but here are a few signs, as well as the tents set up at Terry Schrunk Plaza. (article 1)
What happened to freedom of speech? Granted there are some dip-shits that topple bikes and beat/pepper-spray police or whatever.. But, this guy was part of the critical mass when police grabbed him for running a red light?