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human & civil rights | police / legal 26-Aug-2015 13:57

Citizen (police) Review Committee - Community Input Wanted on August 26 [today]

CRC From the open publishing newswire: City of Portland, Independent Police Review Division City Auditors Independent Police Review

Information and Community Engagement Session Wednesday, August 26, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm IRCO Asian Family Center @ 8040 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

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2 out take video clips from the Human Rights Commission meeting on 8.5.15

(1) CRC - 8.5.15 - out take Human Rights Commission Meeting (police accountability / oversight) - 23:14 min video
 https://youtu.be/9MP-4VeDD5A

(2) Directors Report - 8.5.15 - out take Human Rights Commission meeting (Human Rights and Equity Director) - 6:38 min video
 https://youtu.be/9dQrN-yfqW4

{full meeting here}  https://youtu.be/I7gygnuhjog

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actions & protests | human & civil rights 13-Aug-2015 19:35

Blackout America protest headed to downtown Portland

From the open publishing newswire: Blackout PDX,in solidarity with the nationwide Blackout America protest, will take place at 11 am, Saturday Aug. 15, downtown Portland. The protest will be peaceful, and will be followed by a rally.

Aug.10, 2015 was the 1-year-anniversary of the killing of Mike Brown by former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, and the discussion of police brutality and racism in America has been reignited — though really the conversation never stopped. To increase awareness for these issues a national protest movement called Blackout America has recently emerged. Its goal is to help "educate the public on racial issues in the United States as well as pressure authorities to respond to the cry for racial equality," says the Blackout America founder who goes by Indigo(@\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\_indigomoon on Twitter). The movement has branches in at least 27 cities, including Portland and even London. The different Blackout America branches will hold simultaneous protests on Aug. 15 with Portland's Blackout PDX protest joining in.[...]

Attendees will meet at the Battleship Oregon Memorial at 11 am and march to O'Bryant Square for the rally. The event should last about 90 minutes, Shelley says. Local protest group Don't Shoot Portland also supports the event and will be attending. Black Lives Matter Portland did not respond to an inquiry seeking comment. .

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human & civil rights | police / legal 29-Jul-2015 08:30

Semi-annual PDX Police Review Board report shows amazing misconduct

From the open publishing newswire: ANALYSIS: Semi-annual Police Review Board report shows amazing misconduct, mixed discipline, little about shootings (July 2015)

After reading the January 2015 Police Review Board (PRB) report posted sometime about July 16, Portland Copwatch finds that the range of misconduct identified is astounding. We also are left with the impression that while some of the application of discipline was appropriate, others seemed to minimize very serious matters.

This article is posted at  http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/PRBanalysis0715.html

January 27, 2015

Mr. Paille and Chief O'Dea:

After reading the January 2015 Police Review Board (PRB) report (posted sometime about July 16 at ), we find that the range of misconduct identified is astounding. We also are left with the impression that while some of the application of discipline was appropriate, others seemed to minimize very serious matters [...]

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government | human & civil rights 07-Jul-2015 11:37

Open Meeting Laws & Portland Human Rights Commission - violations mentioned

From the open publishing newswire: This is an out-take video clip from the public comment & discussion from the last Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting (July 1st 2015) The out take centers around my concern (mentioned during public comment) of the HRC staff's lack of following of the Public Meeting Laws and not providing community access to their meeting minutes or announcing their proposed agenda and meetings times.

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government | human & civil rights 17-Jun-2015 00:00

Final decisions had been made about adding more exceptions to the "Sidewalk Management"

From the open publishing newswire: Commissioner Novick (and members of City Council):

We were quite disturbed to receive information from your aide Bryan Hockaday that final decisions had been made about adding more exceptions to the "Sidewalk Management Ordinance" without broad public input, and particularly without apparent outreach to actual homeless persons who might be affected by the decision.
Portland Copwatch contacted you on January 26th after learning that the Portland Business Alliance was asking for a large number of new "homeless-free zones." (That email is attached, below.) In that letter we recommended that decisions about adding exclusions should be considered publicly, perhaps by the oversight committee that was required when the SMO was adopted but which was disbanded in 2012. Yet now we've read in the Portland Mercury that outreach was done to a small number of homeless advocacy organizations and the decision was made behind closed doors.

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human & civil rights | police / legal 14-Jun-2015 11:26

Police Body Cameras - Two Bills now in Salem | HB 2571 and HB 2704

From the open publishing newswire: The goings-on in Salem are hard to follow.
Those organizations (like police associations and district attorneys, for instance) who have paid lobbyists hanging out in our state house all the time have a huge advantage over ordinary folks.

So it's not a surprise, in many ways, that (for instance) SB 871, which was supposed to include a provision for an independent prosecutor when a police officer kills a civilian, was gutted of that provision and now only talks about having an agency not involved in the killing take lead in the investigation:
 https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/sb871

On Monday, two bills relating to recording the police will be going back to the House floor to reconcile amendments made in the Senate. One is very beneficial to the public and in particular to copwatchers: It makes an exception to the "interception of communications" law for those taping police interactions in public places, it is HB 2704.

 https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB2704

It passed the house 51-8 the first time and the senate 23-6. Portland had been unique in allowing such recording because of a policy in place after Joe Anybody sued the cops in 2008.
 http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/ppr46web.pdf

The other bill is something that may be futile to try derailing, but goes against even Portland Copwatch's neutral stance on the issue of police body cameras. HB 2571 has provisions in it that will severely limit the abiilty of local jurisdictions to set their own rules on how to use the body cameras [...]

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community building | human & civil rights 14-Jun-2015 11:00

Video: Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting June 3 2015

From the open publishing newswire: The monthly meeting of the Portland Human Rights Commission.
Video is here: https://youtu.be/GjV0xDYx\_7o (2 hrs 30 mins)
This meeting is open to the public.

Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting June 3 2015

Public Meeting held on the first Wednesday of every month at 4:00 PM in downtown Portland.

The Portland Human Rights Commission [PHRC] website is here:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oehr/6

Archives of previous portland Human Rights Commission meetings and more information are available on my website here:
http://www.joeanybody.com/id4.html

An ~ Out Take "public comment" video clip from this meeting is here:
http://youtu.be/M7S0qz8XT5U

This June HRC meeting video is also on Archive (dot) org where you can watch it or download it:
https://archive.org/details/HumanRightsCommissionJune32015

The June proposed agenda was never posted by the HRC, I have a pdf copy that you can download here:
http://www.joeanybody.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/hrcagenda6.3.15.pdf

Last months meeting 5/6/15 was posted on portland indymedia here:
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/05/429929.shtml

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actions & protests | human & civil rights | police / legal 11-Mar-2015 18:27

two snatched by Portland police at rally Tuesday 3/10 for Africa, recent victim of LAPD

From the open publishing newswire: Two people were arrested by police at the end of tuesday evenings solidarity rally and march downtown in honor of Africa, shot and killed by the LAPD.
In the longer ustream video the two people targeted were standing calmly nearby, without provocation the police arrest both, they say for disorderly conduct. Earlier an officer attempts to coerce someone's identity by threatening to give a citation for being in the street. Seems to me they were targeted for concealing their identity. What do you think\\\?

Clip of arrest:  http://youtu.be/2zNQYQN\\\_UeI
Better context:  http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/59762313

Relate pimc video post:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/03/429362.shtml#441796
Here's a better quality shot of the arrests yesterday  https://youtu.be/pgWdHLL5hD0 , thanks for being there videographers.

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actions & protests | human & civil rights | police / legal 09-Feb-2015 20:13

Stop these fucking sweeps hales

who are you\\\? From the open publishing newswire: what you can do

Individuals For Justice has been fighting with city hall, county and the state of Oregon for only a few years yet has shed enough tears to fill Mt. Tabor Reservoirs.

Homelessness/Houselessness touches all of us, adults with jobs, children who are thrown away or run away, veterans, wives, husbands, sons, and daughters. We are still the richest country in the world and yet we still have this terrible plague with us in 2015. When oh when will you yell with us about this injustice\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\? Please stop to say hello in front of city hall each and every Wednesday, as we stand & protest for the people on the streets. We will be there about 0800, we will always go into the building and let our feelings be known. We ask/demand that the sweeps end immediately, we ask that the city council stop talking and do something like creating storage areas, and how about safe places where people can put their head down at night without being arrested by our police for being poor. Join us or call the mayor's office and ask that the sweeps be stopped now!

More info:
 https://oldtimer.wordpress.com/2007/05/09/homeless-youth-some-random-facts-that-may-scare-you/
 http://www.homeless.org.au/pictures/44.htm
homepage: homepage:  http://IndividualsForJustice.com

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human & civil rights 31-Jan-2015 17:58

FEBRUARY COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS ON RACE AND POLICING

From the open publishing newswire: A series of free, facilitated conversations on race and policing will be happening in Portland in the month of February at Multnomah County Libraries.

Portland has a long history of antagonism between police and communities of color, including the deaths of unarmed black men and women -- Kendra James, Aaron Campbell, James Jahar Perez and Lloyd D. Stevenson, among others -- at the hands of the police.

Join members of our community for an opportunity to talk about the challenges built into how we protect ourselves in a series of community discussions on race and policing led by trained facilitators and hosted in libraries and community spaces in Portland during the month of February.

Tuesday, February 3 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Central Library, 801 S.W. Tenth Avenue

Saturday, February 14 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Kenton Library, 8226 N. Denver Avenue

Saturday, February 28 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark Street

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human & civil rights | police / legal | youth 31-Jan-2015 17:50

February 8 YOUTH and YOUNG ADULT CALL2ACTION AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY AND RACISM

From the open publishing newswire: Due to the recent events in our country of police brutality and racism, the Multnomah Youth Commission (the official youth policy body of Multnomah County and the City of Portland) is hosting a Call to Action event on Sunday, February 8, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Rosewood Initiative (16126 S.E. Stark Street, Portland). This is a free event for youth and young adults between ages of 13 and 21.

Sunday, February 8
Call2Action Against Police Brutality and Racism!
Hosted by Multnomah Youth Commission
The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 S.E. Stark Street, Portland, Oregon 97233
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
For youth and young adults between the ages of 13 and 21
Please RSVP to:  multnomahyouth@gmail.com
or Marc at (503) 793-1691

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actions & protests | human & civil rights 15-Jan-2015 18:26

Martin Luther King Celebrations in Portland 2015

From the open publishing newswire: Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr's campaign against poverty with this day of action and celebration!

Homeless Bill of Rights & MLK Action

1/18 @ 1:00PM - VFP ch 72 march w Hands Up Don't Shoot PDX

MLK DAY: The Skanner Breakfast 8:30 AM

Highland Church - Martin Luther King Day - Keep the dream alive (12 noon)

What to do On Jan 21st - MLK Jr. Holiday

[Lots More] [...]

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human & civil rights | police / legal 18-Sep-2014 18:22

The Gruesome Murder of James Chasse - 8 Yrs Ago

From the open publishing newswire: James P. Chasse Jr. was murdered by three bastard-ass cops on Sept. 17th 2006. Eight years later, the monsters responsible for Chasse's death have YET to have been indicted for murder. These criminals continue to walk the streets. They are as much a public threat as they ever were!

James P. Chasse Jr. was murdered by three bastard-ass cops on September 17th 2006. Chasse, whome had dealt with mental illness for most of his adult life, was chased after, ran down like a dog, beaten, kicked, bludgeoned, and stomped bloody until he stopped screaming and fell unconscious. He was denied medical care. He was cuffed and thrown in a cell. A jailhouse nurse claimed that Chasse was "fine", even though he had more than a dozen broken ribs and blood was pouring out of his face. He was later taken to the hospital, more than and hour later... except he never made it. He died from blood loss and severe internal injuries in the back of a Portland police patrol car. Chasse NEVER committed a crime. [...]

homepage:  http://targetingcops.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-gruesome-police-murder-of-james.html

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