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actions & protests | police / legal 17-Nov-2020 09:16

NEWS: PPB used force at least 1582 times at protests up until June 30

http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/force_data_protestsQ2_2020.jpg From the open publishing newswire: On November 11, the Portland Police Bureau shared with its Training
Advisory Council the use of force numbers for 2nd Quarter 2020 related
to "crowd control." The data show that the PPB overall used force 2378
times at protests. While the Force Inspector claimed most of these were
"category IV" low level uses like "control against resistance" and
"resisted handcuffing," in fact 1582 uses-- or 66.5%-- were the use of
chemical agents, impact weapons or "strikes/kicks."

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anti-racism | police / legal 28-Oct-2020 13:56

What happened to Press**Watch?

From the open publishing newswire: Dissenting commentary now available on different platform "Press**Watch/The News you're not supposed to know" was a long-running (3 decades!) program on KBOO Radio, produced by Theresa Mitchell. Now the headlines and commentary that ran every Thursday morning on the radio is available as a podcast, and the effort is combined with Ani Raven ("Positively Revolting Talk Radio," also a staple on the Boo for many a year.

This week's episode points to the real unemployment numbers, castigates the Feds for their wrist-slap of criminal bank Wells Fargo, and goes into a deeper discussion of the death-squad killing of Michael Reinoehl at the behest of the Orange Mussolini.  https://soundcloud.com/ani-40889941/this-is-now-bridge-to-a-better-world-episode-2

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government | police / legal 22-Jul-2020 10:57

Federal Agents and JBLM Military Personnel Snatching People Off The Streets of Portland

From the open publishing newswire: Federal law enforcement officers, in unmarked vehicles, have been using information provided by the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Protection Division Anti-Terrorism Office to drive around downtown Portland and snatch protesters off the streets since at least July 14. The tactic appears to be another escalation in federal force deployed on Portland city streets, as federal law enforcement and JBLM military personnel have said they plan to "quell" nightly protests outside the federal courthouse and Multnomah County Justice Center that have lasted for more than six weeks.

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community building | police / legal 12-Jun-2020 11:52

PORTLAND INFORMATION: Arbitration Bill Will Not Keep Fired Cops Fired

From the open publishing newswire: To the members of the Portland Committee for Community Engaged Policing, the media, and others in Portland:

Please visit  http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/arbitration_bill0620.html
to download this fact sheet with images and full layout. We urge PCCEP
to examine this bill at its emergency meeting tonight as momentum is
building for it to be discussed and/or passed in Salem quickly.

 http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/arbitration_facts0620.pdf

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actions & protests | police / legal 05-Jun-2020 22:50

Riot Riot Riot

From the open publishing newswire: This is what is going down on the streets of Portland get into the streets!

I have been in the streets of Portland every day since this started and I have been an activist in this city for a while and have never seen anything like this. The cops are now using LRAD sound cannons who knows what tonight's activities will bring get into the streets to find out...

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FviPybYaQvE

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police / legal 03-Jun-2020 22:26

Portland Copwatch has an incident report line

From the open publishing newswire: 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. The number for the incident report line is 503-321-5120.

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police / legal 03-Jun-2020 22:22

Copwatch: COMMENTS ON VEHICLE TOW, ALCOHOL USE AND OTHER DIRECTIVES FEBRUARY 2020

From the open publishing newswire: Below are our comments on the six Directives posted for February 2020
In relaying the first four items to our constituents, we noted that they
all seem to relate to questionable behavior which put officers in front
of the Police Review Board or in the media in the last 10 months.

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police / legal 12-Jan-2020 08:43

Portland Copwatch Announces Text-to-Incident-Report Line

From the open publishing newswire: The Incident Report Line--> 503-321-5120 now will take text messages.

Portland Copwatch uses the Incident Report Line to further one of its organizational priorities, to empower survivors of police misconduct to pursue their grievances, with the goal of resolving individual cases and preventing future occurrences.

www.portlandcopwatch.org

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imperialism & war | police / legal 12-Jan-2020 08:40

JBLM Soldier Arrested in Oregon

From the open publishing newswire: JBLM uses false police reports to cause Oregon police to arrest AWOL soldier.

Christopher Lee Gardner deserted his post at Joint Base Lewis-McChord after being targeted and continuously harassed [...]

The JBLMATO stated that Gardner was a potential homegrown violent extremist (HVE) because he had expressed disagreement with government policies and potential upcoming deployments. JBLM officials sent out a state-wide bulletin claiming that Gardner was armed and dangerous - a common practice to get civilian police agencies to apprehend military deserters - although there was not any evidence that Gardner actually posed a threat to himself or others.

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actions & protests | police / legal 21-Sep-2019 08:24

Portland Copwatch: FOLLOW-UP: The City/PPB still don't understand the text scandal

From the open publishing newswire: Portland Copwatch wishes to express concern with the conclusions being
drawn from the follow up on the Lt. Niiya texting scandal. The
investigation has cleared Niiya of violating Bureau policy. The Mayor
and Chief are claiming that new training for officers to act as liaisons
in crowd situations led to the "success" of the August 17 proto-fascist
/ anti-fascist demonstrations. [...]

The lesson the City and Police still have to learn is that the First
Amendment doesn't contemplate negative repercussions from the state for
those who refuse to communicate when they exercise their rights, nor
does it grant privileges to those who do talk with the authorities. [...]

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actions & protests | police / legal 14-Sep-2019 09:35

Fouad Kaady

Fouad Kaady From the open publishing newswire: We remember.

We remember the brutal murder of Fouad Kaady on this date in 2005, by Sandy police officer & Clackamas County deputy. Those of us who met the good Kaady family & supported them, told them we would not forget. And we meant it.

More:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/01/351651.shtml

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actions & protests | police / legal 11-Jul-2018 23:31

Disarm PSU Police: Portland State Students Protest Shooting Of Navy Veteran

From the open publishing newswire: Protesters took to the streets of Portland, Ore., Sunday to participate in the Disarm PSU: No More Killer Cops rally organized by the Portland State University student union after Jason Washington, 45, was shot and killed by Portland State campus police on Friday outside of the Cheerful Tortoise, a campus sports bar.

Washington was a Navy veteran and U.S. postal worker. Witnesses told CBS News that he was attempting to break up a fight between two other men and was shot while moving to pick up a handgun that had fallen from his holster. Washington had a concealed-carry permit for the weapon.

[see also] Portland State University Police Shoot And Kill Licensed Concealed Carry Permit Holder:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/07/436349.shtml

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human & civil rights | police / legal 26-May-2018 10:06

Portland Police Directives: DIRECTIVE 650.00 SEARCH, SEIZURES AND INVENTORIES

From the open publishing newswire: DIRECTIVE 650.00 SEARCH, SEIZURES AND INVENTORIES
We last commented on this Directive in October, 2014. It appears that
none of our comments led to changes in the policy, and moreover no
changes were made at all to the policy.

As such, we will simply repeat our previous comments here albeit with some fine-tuning and updates:

--One term that jumps out in the directive is the exception to searches needing warrants called "stop and frisk" (Section 2.1). While the term "frisk" is defined ("a cursory pat-down type physical search of a person), the action of a police "stop and frisk" is not.

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