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I was out sick today so I have found little in video to show yet. I'm awaiting uploads.

The livestream set up was destroyed by police and about ten protesters were selectively arrested. Selectively as they were singled out by one officer and pulled from the crowd.

I guess the protesters celebrated the Arab Spring their way and the police decided to emulate the Egyptian police in their way of celebrating.

by Adam Rothstein

The night started peacefully, as activists met at Pioneer Square, and made speeches and shared food. They met to remember the one-year anniversary of the Egyptian uprising in Tahrir Square, in the center of Cairo. Today, in Egypt, protesters gathered once again in Tahrir to protest the continued repression by the interim government, controlled by the army...

...The march started up again, and though it was mostly on the sidewalk at this point, the police began selectively enforcing jaywalking ordinances, writing citations for particular individuals. When marchers objected vocally to the citations, saying it was unspecific and unclear what ordinances were being enforced, arrests began. Many police officers arrived, some wearing protective riot gear, and pushed the march up onto the sidewalk. Witnesses say that police grabbed peoples’ bicycles on the sidewalk, and began pulling at them. A boy was punched repeatedly by a police officer on the sidewalk, for reasons that were unclear. Livestream equipment was broken by police blows. Several protesters were detained, and some were arrested, others released. Witnesses report that the police were targeting individuals, on an unknown basis. “That one, there,” said an officer, pointing at a male protester who was then tackled and arrested. Several protesters were hit with fists and sticks while on the ground...

...At this point, police on horseback arrived. Rather than attempting to move the protesters on the statue, they moved against the protesters on the northernly sidewalk, pushing them back against the large security fences that still surround the park. Two women, including a Livestreamer, were arrested. They were thrown onto the ground, and then tossed into a van. One woman was forcibly slammed in the door of the van by officers, on purpose. The famous disco-trike, the music broadcasting unit of the Bike Swarm, was impounded and its rider arrested.


In police custody:

I guess the police were in a mood to continue the abuse of the public after gunning down a mentally ill man early this morning:

                                   

CITIZEN REVIEW COMMITTEE
Community Oversight of Portland Police Bureau
Jamie Troy, Chair
Message: 503-823-0926  Fax: 503-823-3530  TTD: 503-823-6868
E-mail: crc@portlandoregon.gov
www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/ipr

Jan. 26th, 6-8PM: Community Public Forum on Police Accountability

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

For Immediate Release January 17, 2012

The Citizen Review Committee (CRC), a nine-member volunteer committee appointed by the Portland City Council to monitor and advise the City Auditor’s Independent Police Review (IPR) division, hear appeals of police complaints and gather community concerns about police services in Portland, Oregon.

The CRC members are hosting a community forum to present information about their work to provide community oversight of the police and hear community input about police services. The forum will be facilitated and the notes from the forum will be posted to the IPR/CRC website.  Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact 503-823-0926 or crc@portlandoregon.gov .

The IPR/CRC website is http://www.portlandoregon.gov/... .

WHAT:  Community Public Forum on Police Accountability

WHEN:  Thursday, January 26, 2012 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:  East Portland Community Center 740 SE 106th Ave, Portland 97216

Originally posted to Occupy Wall Street on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 12:30 AM PST.

Also republished by PDX Metro, Daily Kos Oregon, Progressive Hippie, Protest Music, and DKOMA.

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  •  Oh Thank Goodness (8+ / 0-)

    they arrested the trike.  I mean think of all the evil in this world that can be directly attributed to those evil tricycles.  He was playing music on it for goodness sake!  Need I say more?

  •  The buck stops with the City Council. (11+ / 0-)

    The police are part of the executive.  It's true that individual council members are not supposed to interfere with law enforcement.  However, nothing prevents a member of the council putting the malfeasance and insubordination of the police on the agenda and having the chief called on the carpet. If there's an administrator, that person will try to run interference, but repeated public exposure and non-responsive behavior will have an effect, eventually.  Elected officials do not like their constituents getting the impression that they are wimps and allow themselves to be dissed by the cops.

    The situation in Oakland is slightly different in that a superior agency with enforcement powers is getting permission from the court to take over authority. That's because there's a good reason to believe crimes have been committed.

    While there's a presumption of innocence for ordinary persons, agents of government, because they have been tested and sworn and approved ahead of time, are presumed to be honorable.  So, that presumption has to be invalidated before a suspicion of malfeasance can even start up. The cops in Portland are presumably acting on orders.  If they're not, then they are out of control and that's administrative negligence, if not malfeasance. Public officials can be sued individually for negligence.  But, one has to be able to prove it. And, someone has to be injured.  If property is damaged, that's even better because the value of that can be measured.  A misdemeanor or felony charge hinges on the dollar amount of damage or theft.

    If our agents of government do not behave appropriately and respect citizens rights at the outset, then our recourse after the fact is slim.  For example, evidence extracted without a warrant or with torture can't be used in a court of law.  If the agents of law enforcement have no interest in going to court, that deterrence is nil--as the detainees on Guantanamo know well.
    Our agents of government like detention because they interpret it as being less than an arrest, which triggers the requirement that they do paper work and deal with lawyers, etc.  But, they can only argue that because lawmakers have bought into the idea that detention is less stringent.  In fact, to arrest is merely to stop someone and there's supposed to be probably cause for even doing that. Randomly stopping pedestrians is an infringement of human rights.  But, we only get compliance from the cops, if we insist on it.
    That's actually the attitude they've developed towards citizens.  But, since they get paid to be compliant and ordinary citizens pay them, that attitude is insubordinate.

    Why so much verbiage?  Our agents of law enforcement are convinced that they are in the right--that because they've been empowered, they get to demonstrate power when they want and they resent being disobeyed.  These attitudes are not legitimate.  But, the righteous have the advantage of their convictions.  So, for the citizenry to counter these attitude, citizens have to know their rights and insist on them.  Respect is not deserved.  Respect is a right.  Our agents have a duty to be respectful, unless they are being attacked.

    "Make way for the cars" is not any more appropriate than "make way for the king."  People in cages on wheels are no better than any natural person.  Indeed, since they are operating a potentially lethal machine, there's an obligation to stay out of people's way.  But, again, people have to insist on making the natural person a priority.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 01:10:42 AM PST

  •  Apparently, the police don't feel the need... (7+ / 0-)

    to even exercise the pretense of Constitutionality anymore when responding to protests.

    I think the Occupiers need a couple of celebrities willing to march with the them to highlight this brutality, and to give voice to the movement in general. I hope come springtime a few brave well-known lovers of the Constitution will volunteer for the job.

    The media has moved on. It's time for them to get back in the game before someone gets killed.

    Thanks for the diary.

    That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 02:48:58 AM PST

  •  Hope this is on-diary enough. (3+ / 0-)

    Remember back when some were accusing DHS of coordinating attacks on Occupy?  

    More of the story comes out....http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

  •  This won't make me popular with some people, but (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    OldDragon, Horace Boothroyd III

    F*ck the Pigs.

    Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. equalitymaine.org

    by commonmass on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 08:35:18 AM PST

  •  I wonder if it would be possible (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Horace Boothroyd III

    to get the folks involved in Portlandia to discuss this?

    The two things Teabaggers hate most are: being called racists; and black people.

    "It takes balls to execute an innocent man." -- anonymous GOP focus group member on Rick Perry

    by Punditus Maximus on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 04:39:55 PM PST

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