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PDX Police Bureau now dictates policy to PDX City Council and the Mayor is refusing to do his job as Police Commissioner. This is a sad state of affairs…
Here is more from Consult Hardesty:
We (Consult Hardesty) were gratified when elements of our police accountability model – a Civilian Compliance & Reform Authority (CCRA) – were incorporated in a Federal plea deal, following Department of Justice Findings that Portland, Oregon police engage in “activities that amount to a pattern or practice of violating the Constitution or laws of the United States.”
… The U. S. Department of Justice allowed the City to hire those it felt most comfortable with … for the task of holding their own selves accountable. A fox now guards our hen-house…
…the Feds were out-maneuvered. The plea deal required the City to hire a Compliance Officer Community Liaison (COCL), thereby allowing the perpetrators to select who would hold them accountable for the beatings, tasings and (murders) mortal injury their agents inflict on constituents.
Click here to read today’s (Wednesday, August 19) Agenda Item 870: “Amend contract with Rosenbaum & Watson, LLP in the amount of $458,000 per year for a five year total not to exceed amount of $2,243,834 for the independent Compliance Officer and Community Liaison for the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement.”
Contractors have informed the City that the required workload is unprofitable to them. Now that City Council faces a nearly four-million-dollar outlay (distinct from the five million dollars in new money going directly to police), it seems wise to shop around. What kind of services can that money buy?
…We just thought you all should know. The fix is in.
another blurb at http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/consulthardesty
editor’s note: The Portland Police Bureau runs the show, allows officers to break the law, ignores constitutional mandates, refuses to control officers and gets away with murder. Might be time to take it to the Streets.
The murders of Aaron Campbell, Keaton Otis, and James Chasse, Jr. have never been resolved. None of the officers who broke the law and violated Police Department Procedures have been charged, tried,or prosecuted for these crimes. We, the citizens of Portland, Oregon have paid millions for the crimes committed by PDX police officers, yet none of these officers have been disciplined. They continue to serve in spite of their crimes. The shootings of James Jahar Perez and Kendra James may have been forgotten by some, but we have yet to see accountability or justice. This must change. And now the council wants to second guess our judicial system when they find our out of control Police Bureau at fault in roughing up and arresting Mr. Smith for no good reason. We deserve an explanation from our council and some discipline and more responsible leadership in our Police Bureau.
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Thanks for the shout out. Our latest post could have been called ‘The Fix is Avoided.’ Only after it was drafted did we realize the scope of an underlying problem: local authorities fence out public involvement as they offer sole-source contracting on behalf of police. Narrowing opportunities to influence police; any deficiencies in service delivery are likely perpetuated.
In May of last year, we reported Prodded into $265,000 No-bid Contract, when our Chief expanded police power, to intervene as a ‘service provider,’ on the lives of those with mental health needs.
Research for Police Body Cameras & State Secrets, indicates Portland, Oregon intends to only solicit Taser when contracting for the surveillance technology.
Police here have labored for nearly a generation under the same psychological evaluation process in pre-hire candidate screening. In the interim, the DoJ has established those police who’ve made the grade participate in a culture of illegal violence. We worked with the Police Executive Research Forum to propose best practices be introduced in a new contract that would be set out for competitive bids. The City closed down our initiative. This 2012 work is described in Hunt Lessons Learned.
Our most recent post, The Fix Comes In, describes a contract boost, to $3,800,000, that will go to bean counters whose work history has never resulted in any way in greater police accountability. We wondered, “What if City Council offered that money in an open bidding process, after soliciting from the public what kinds of service improvements they’d like in policing?”
We hope those who get to the actual post will appreciate the ‘wallpaper’ metaphor.
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The Million Dollar Crap
On June 29th I was arrested along with three other noble people who were as surprised as I was that 10 cops were outside city hall to take us into custody. I was so surprised that I needed to use the restroom and I mean now. I have a condition called ulcerative colitis which using the short version, from the Crohn’s & Colitis Assoc. “The person holding this card has a serious condition that makes it extremely difficult to wait to use the restroom. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis have painful effects, so your help and understanding are crucial to the cardholder’s well-being. Thank you.” Showed the card to the police sergeant and he said I could not go ten feet to use the city hall restroom because I was under arrest and that would be trespassing on city property. I tried to point out that I was only thrown out of the council chamber and not the building, but he refused any more conversation and told me I would have to wait. He then said a strange thing to me, “Do you want medical response?” I said, “if it gets me into the restroom, bring them on.” The cops called the ambulance and when the ambulance arrived and they asked me what the story was, I replied, “I have to use the restroom and the cops will not let me do it.” By this time I was afraid to move and cause a movement. The medical team asked if I wanted to go to the hospital, I said if I can use the restroom there that would be good. They asked me where I wanted to go and I said Adventist. Off we went to the ambulance and the sergeant said, “ I am going to give you a citation and after the hospital you can go home.” That sounded good and now I was in the ambulance lying down, feeling a little relaxed, waiting for the citation. The sergeant came back and said the plans were changed and he was going to follow me to the hospital and after I was released take me to jail. Off we went.
The arrival at the hospital was comical because when I got into ER and they asked me what was wrong, I said, I need to use a restroom, can you just let me do that?” The nurses, doctors and staff could not believe that I came from city hall to OHSU, just to use the restroom. Since I was there they ran a blood test, and vitals and there was some difficulty with my oxygen level and that made everyone, including me, a little nervous. This nonsense is going to cost thousands of dollars and all I wanted and needed was to use the restroom in city hall before going to jail. These are the things activists call attention to; the power of that sergeant to refuse my request under ADA to use the restroom is “mind boggling.” This was a false arrest and the person who was directing what happened was the mayor according to the G4S security guard who would not let me return to city council chambers.
So, we will have 4 trials by jury and the county and city will waste tens of thousands more all because we have a mayor who is the reincarnation of Mussolini and a police department who answers to no one. Civil suits to follow, tort claim being prepared