Agitate, Educate, and Organize ~OO~
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
at NE Sixth and Halsey
6 PM – 8 PM PDT
Audio evidence has Keaton Otis screaming, his are hands up. An officer shouts, “Let’s do it!” and three members of Portland’s anti-gang HEAT Team open fire... from the Keaton Otis Portal at The NW Alliance for Alternative Media & Education:
There is an Event in Portland, Oregon every month on the 12th, to honor this young man who died too soon, for no good reason.
Keaton Otis was a young black man murdered by the Portland police seven plus years ago, May 12, 2010. The police admitted they stopped him for “looking like a gangster.” They shot him 23 times after using tasers on him while he sat in the driver’s seat. He was not breaking any laws, but was profiled and trapped in his car. He was not under arrest, had his hands up, and was terrified. Later police claimed Keaton had a gun, but no gun was seen by any bystanders. Even some officers at the scene found this execution unnecessary, avoidable and beyond the pale.
But nobody was held accountable for this murder.
There are thousands of victims.
And most of the perpetrators get a paid vacation (a reward of sorts) before returning to work. Many of these brutal murderers in blue with badges remain on our streets, unpunished, unrepentant, and without remorse.
“Police violence comes at what Walidah Imarisha, echoing Angela Davis, calls “the intersections of intimate and social violence.” Police are not killing unarmed Black people because the thought occurs to them out of the blue. Behind these murders lie all sorts of institutional forms of violence. Likewise, poverty and gentrification do not form from thin air. They are the result of laws, regulations, contracts, red lines, predatory loans, and other systemic oppression made in the name of a society hiding behind a cloak of equality, freedom, and the American dream. They are the by-products and enforcement tools of white supremacy.”
These rogue officers, having been found “innocent” of any crime and “blameless” by Police Department heads, mayors, city councils and grand juries… will likely profile, beat to death or gun-down another unarmed citizen.
We need to get these disturbed individuals off the street, out of police work and in jail and/or treatment. In theory, assault and murder are crimes, even if you wear a badge.
Police Reform Myth
“The real problem is the belief that all our social problems can be solved with force. ... Vexing social problems—homelessness, drug use, the inability to support one’s children, mental illness—are presently solved by sending in men and women who specialize in inspiring fear and ensuring compliance. Fear and compliance have their place, but it can’t be every place.”
Please join that struggle this month and help to spread the word.
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