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Mike Marshman Says Detaining, Photographing Demonstrators Was Necessary to Curtail Violence in June 4 Protests

Antifa demonstrators opposing a right-wing free speech rally on June 4. Some of these folks were later caught up in a police kettle.
Antifa demonstrators opposing a right-wing "free speech" rally on June 4. Some of these folks were later caught up in a police kettle. Aaron Lee

Portland Police detained a group a group of marching antifa protesters on June 4 as a means of deescalating "the threat of violence" between the group and a nearby right-wing rally, Police Chief Mike Marshman now says.

That nugget is one of several included in a letter sent to Mayor Ted Wheeler this week, in which Marshman addressed five questions the mayor put to him on June 13.

"The temporary detention of these persons was done after consultation with the City Attorney’s Office and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office," Marshman writes, of a police "kettle" of demonstrators and journalists near SW 4th and Morrison. He notes: "The brief detention (which ranged from a few minutes to about under an hour depending on the speed with which the person was processed) also served to deescalate the threat of violence between groups. While the Chapman Square group was being detained the federal officers closed down Terry Shrunk Plaza and required everyone to vacate the Plaza."

The kettling—and the decision to force protesters to have their photos taken—was among the more controversial moves by authorities on June 4, when right-wing Trump supporters in Terry Schrunk Plaza squared off with counter-demonstrators on three sides. A sizeable police presence at the event pre-empted serious violence, but there were skirmishes between police and "anti-fascist" demonstrators gathered in Chapman Square.

In the aftermath of the rallies, Wheeler had asked Marshman:

•How the Portland Police Bureau coordinates with event organizers on private security (a question based on a right-wing militia member assisting federal officers with an arrest)

•How PPB decides to wear "riot gear" at events, as officers were on June 4.

•How cops made the decision to deploy "crowd control devices" against demonstrators.

•How cops ensure that peaceful protesters aren't affected by such devices?

•Why police made the decision to "kettle" and photograph demonstrators, a move that the ACLU of Oregon has said might be unconstitutional.

Marshman's response is chock full of the dry technical language the chief frequently uses to describe police tactics, but it's not without interest. Here it is:

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Portland's World Naked Bike Ride: Everything You Need to Know!

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Guys! I hope you're ready for Portland's version of the World Naked Bike Ride, because it kicks off tomorrow night (Sat June 24) at 8 pm (ride at 9 pm), starting at Fernhill Park (6010 NE 37th Ave). It's always a goddamn hoot, whether you're riding or watching... but if this is your first time, here are some tips from the experts to make sure you'll have the ride of your life.

1) How nude should I be? As nude as you want! While helmets and especially shoes are always a good idea, underwear is fine, stockings are fine, and all your juicy bits flapping in the wind is fine. IT'S ALL FINE! While nudity won't get you arrested, acting in a lewd behavior will. Be cool, and keep your eyes up, perv.

2) How should I prepare? First of all, don't drive to the starting point (it's a huge faux pas). Bike, or take the bus or MAX—and bring your friends. Secondly, smart WNBRs figure out some way to carry clothes, snacks, water, and a bike tool/pump/patch kit in a backpack, pannier, or basket. Fanny packs are hilarious and very useful in this situation. Also bring some donation money (WNBRs don't grow on trees), and for an after-ride drink. Third and most important, DON'T GET DRUNK BEFORE OR DURING THE RIDE. You're going to be surrounded by thousands of cyclists, so ride safe and keep your wits about you.

3) What if people see me? Well... they are going to see you. But remember, you're going to be in a humongous throng of Ps & Vs whizzing past the crowds at a quick clip. Nobody's gonna remember your P or V. Pro-tip: If you want to stay anonymous-ish, stick to the center of the street away from high-fiving crowds and photogs. Some riders wear masks (that don't obscure the vision).

4) Why is this even happening? Great question. The WNBR was originated to show the vulnerability that cyclists endure in a car-crazy culture. But it's also to draw attention to our great and powerful cycling community, and how biking can improve everyone's lives... while having tons of nudie fun. It really is a blast, and if you haven't experienced the excitement, NOW IS YOUR TIME.

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Roger Waters: Soundtracking Your Paranoia Since 1967

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ROGER WATERS Soundtracking your paranoia since 1967. Courtesy of the artist

Roger Waters has never been one to back down from a tough subject. As Pink Floyd’s primary lyricist and rock’s most notorious misanthrope, he’s written concept albums about insanity (1973’s Dark Side of the Moon), absence (1975’s Wish You Were Here), capitalist greed (1977’s Animals), alienation (1979’s The Wall), and war (1983’s The Final Cut). His bleak worldview often jarred with Floyd’s drug-friendly space-rock, but the friction helped make those albums some of the most successful and influential recordings ever made.

It also eventually splintered the band irreparably, and Waters has spent much of his post-Floyd solo career taking potshots at his former bandmates. The feud resolved itself when the group reformed at 2005’s Live 8 benefit concert, and in recent years Waters has seemed kinder and gentler than ever before—at times sounding like he’s downright happy to be here. In other words, Roger Waters hasn’t been acting very much like Roger Waters at all.

His new solo album, however, suggests that while the 73-year-old Waters has certainly mellowed, he still knows how to spit venom when he wants to. The title track, “Is This the Life We Really Want?,” starts with a short sample from a Donald Trump interview (with our nation’s president sounding as cretinous as ever) before Waters’ cracked voice whispers, “The goose has gotten fat/On caviar in fancy bars/And subprime loans/And broken homes.” The song goes on to condemn xenophobia, isolationism, global warming, and reality TV, but it’s mostly a critique of our tendency toward apathy and our failure to become outraged at the everyday injustices of the world.

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Record Review: SZA, Ctrl

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I started listening to SZA—born Solána Imani Rowe–about a year ago, and feel embarrassingly late to the game. For the past few years, her star has steadily been on the rise: She’s released a couple of critically acclaimed mixtapes, an EP through Top Dawg Entertainment, and co-written with big-name artists like Rihanna (see the track “Consideration” on 2016’s Anti). And earlier this month, SZA finally dropped her full-length studio debut, Ctrl.

Truthfully, I couldn’t be more pleased with the album if I tried, and I am trying by repeatedly listening while reading the lyrics and singing along. Not one of these 14 gorgeous songs is skip-worthy—they’re all just so easy to listen to. The record’s release was preceded by three stellar singles: “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott, “Broken Clocks,” and “Drew Barrymore,” which has a brand-spankin’-new music video with a cameo from Drew Barrymore herself.

The track list of Ctrl reads as a series of perfectly ordered and honest confessionals about the singer’s personal life, with phone calls to her mother and grandmother serving as interludes. SZA addresses her insecurities to both her listeners and past lovers while simultaneously—often defiantly—asserting her worth, and it’s not always pretty. On opening track “Supermodel” she gets back at an ex who did her wrong: “Let me tell you a secret/I been secretly banging your homeboy,” she reveals, and later sings, “Leave me lonely for prettier women/You know I need too much attention for shit like that.”

SZA’s insecurity about her appearance is one of the most relatable themes on the album. It comes up on songs like “Garden (Say It Like Dat),” “Drew Barrymore,” and “Normal Girl,” where she feels ashamed for not being prettier, more ladylike, of having a bigger booty. Beyond her rawness on the record, one of the most impressive things about Ctrl is SZA’s instrumental use of her raspy voice. In a high falsetto, she echoes and harmonizes with the album’s background arrangements, while full tones drip and run through all the songs’ remarkably relatable lyrics. But she sings a little differently on each track, switching from sounding like a traditional R&B crooner to an ethereal water siren, and calling to mind Frank Ocean’s heart-wrenching vocals and Rihanna’s hip-hop-infused urban pop.

Along with Travis Scott, other featured artists include SZA’s labelmate Isaiah Rashad on her ’90s-vibed track “The Weekend,” where she seductively dismantles the concept of a sidechick, and rap king Kendrick Lamar on “Doves in the Wind,” a song that characterizes pussy as powerful, “undefeated,” and basically running the game. After Kendrick’s verse—which deserves multiple flame emojis—SZA calls out an undeserving “bum nigga” who tries to trivialize pussy. Then she goes off: “High key, your dick is weak, buddy.” That's why SZA just wants to "bust it open for the right one." Again, relatable.

She taps themes of nostalgia, abandonment, and sexuality for this R&B masterpiece, effortlessly weaving together narratives and bending the genre’s limits. There's also a coming-of-age feeling to the album. On the ’80s-tinged “Prom,” yet another standout, SZA slips into simpler and abbreviated vocals to match the song’s shimmering guitar-pop production, as she pleads with her lover not to take it personal that she doesn’t mature as quickly as him. On one of the more sensual tracks, “Pretty Little Birds,” SZA makes enticing offers and overcommits to an imperfect relationship, even though they’ve “hit the window a few times”: “I wanna be your golden goose/I wanna shave my legs for you/I wanna take all of my hair down and let you lay in it.”

For closing track “20-something”—my personal favorite, and the song I relate to most as a 29-year-old—she sings over acoustic guitar about not being where she imagined she’d be in her 20s, and being thrown by the fall-out of one of her central relationships: “How could it be? Twentysomething?/All alone still, not a thing in my name/Ain't got nothin', runnin' from love/Only know fear.” But the final refrain is hopeful: “Hopin' my twentysomethings won't end/Hopin' to keep the rest of my friends/Prayin' the twentysomethings don't kill me.”

The album concludes with an audio clip from SZA’s mother, who talks about choosing goodness/faith (or perhaps love?) in order to take Ctrl of her mindset, even if it’s an illusion. On what’s easily the most euphonious R&B release of 2017 so far, SZA taps into her own flawed humanity and effectively uses it to relate to her audience.


True Portland Shows Our Town Through the Lens of Tokyo

Top right: Liz Crain, editor; Below: Teruo Kurosaki, writer.
Top right: Liz Crain, editor; Below: Teruo Kurosaki, writer.

If Japan were to launch an intercontinental bullet train, odds are good it would run straight to Oregon.

Portland and Tokyo are in the midst of an intense love affair, and prominent Tokyo designer Teruo Kurosaki has played a big role in drawing his city’s trendiest to ours with a local guidebook, True Portland. This month, Hawthorne Books’ English translation launches with a trans-Pacific release party on June 22 at Reverend Nat’s Cidery.

Portland and Tokyo have had a free-flowing commercial exchange over the last few years, with Blue Star Donuts, Navarre, Voodoo Doughnut, Columbia Sportswear, and NikeLab opening stores in the Japanese capital, and acclaimed ramen shops (Marukin, Kizuki, and Afuri among them) putting down PDX roots.

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Sheriff Mike Reese Considered Saving Portland's Horse Cops

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Kurt McRobert

When Portland City Council adopted its budget for next fiscal year on June 8, the final funerary knell tolled for the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol Unit.

After years of putting the city's horse cops up on the chopping block in budget proposals—often comfortable in the notion that actually slashing it would be unpopular—the PPB finally was taken up on its offer by Mayor Ted Wheeler, who's also the police commissioner. But that didn't stop the police bureau from a last-ditch effort to keep the unit around.

According to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, the PPB asked Sheriff Mike Reese to take over the unit once its fate in the city budget had become clear.

And Reese, a former police chief who saw the MPU's existence threatened, then saved, again and again during his watch, really considered it.

"Sheriff Reese was approached by the police bureau regarding the option for MCSO to take over the MPU," says MCSO spokesperson Lt. Chad Gaidos. "However, after consideration it is not a viable for the Sheriff’s Office at this time."

The discussions over the potential swap were apparently kept close. Representatives for Wheeler and County Chair Deborah Kafoury (who has sway in the sheriff's budget) weren't aware the matter had been considered.

But Portland developer Bob Ball, a police reserve commander who for years has fought for the horse unit's existence with the group Friends of the Mounted Patrol, was in on the conversation.

"We actually did discuss it, but they just didn’t think it would be feasible," Ball says. "They just couldn't do it, especially because the time frame was so quick to put it together."

Come July 1, the beginning of the city's next fiscal year, funding for the MPU will officially be nixed. Ball says homes are being found for the unit's eight horses.


TV

Let's Discuss Twin Peaks' Dougie Jones and the Enduring Power of Toxic Masculinity

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We've been watching Twin Peaks: The Return, and Dougie Jones (Kyle MacLachlan)—the saga of Dougie Jones—falls into one of our society's weird media tropes. As Suzette puts it: He's one of those "men who cannot fuck up their own lives no matter how hard they try." Today, we dig into the plight of Dougie Jones and what it means to have so much privilege you can't ruin your life.

Obviously, this includes spoilers, so, you know, do what's right for you.

SUZETTE: Groundhog Day is a great example of this. Withnail and I another. Harold and Maude, The Pink Panther. I’m sure lots of examples come to mind.

MEGAN: Yes! Movies where men behave terribly and it's like nothing happened. Dougie can't say more than two words at a time, he can't go to the bathroom by himself, and he scribbles on his work papers. And there are no consequences at all! I think you pointed out that he's even rewarded for it by ladies taking him to the bathroom and offering to kiss him? Meanwhile, Janey-E (Naomi Watts) does all the heavy lifting.

SUZETTE: Yeah, Janey-E leads him around and attaches meaning to the way he just echoes statements back at her. Which is, sure, another Lynch joke about how people are pleased to have their own thoughts echoed back at them. We only meet the real Dougie for a couple minutes but we're led to believe this isn't even that far off for him. He's just an empty vessel with a nice job with benefits and a big house in Nevada.

MEGAN: Everyone seems completely oblivious to the fact that he doesn't make any sense. I saw a theory that Dougie's a construct created by BOB, so maybe he's literally an empty vessel.

SUZETTE: It's hard, being someone who has worked so hard for so much stuff in my life to watch a white guy flail around and repeatedly mess up everything around him and people just help him out. I mean, with Dougie, but with life, too.

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Could the Cannabis Biz Get Bogged Down with Racketeering Charges?

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Dear Pot Lawyer,

What’s going on with that cannabis racketeering lawsuit?

It’s a mixed bag. On June 7, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of several cases seeking to invalidate Colorado’s marijuana laws. Those cases were spearheaded by the prohibition states of Nevada and Oklahoma. So that was great. But the court also reversed a decision against a Colorado ranch that sued a neighboring grow site, alleging noxious odors and a dent in property values. And that is really a shame.

The case now heads back to district court for consideration. More importantly, it opens up cannabis businesses and their affiliates to racketeering claims under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). I’ve explained here before that RICO is a controversial 1970s statute built to prosecute organized crime. It plays well on television, but courts seem to hate it. Still, RICO has been invoked in cases against disparate groups like the mafia, the Catholic Church, pro-life activists, and soccer syndicate FIFA. RICO allows affiliates of a criminal enterprise to be tried for crimes they themselves did not commit.

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No Indictment for Portland Police Officer Who Killed Terrell Johnson

Terrell Johnson, left, was killed on May 10
Terrell Johnson, left, was killed on May 10 Darian Brown

A Multnomah County grand jury declined to indict Portland police officer Samson Ajir, who shot and killed 24-year-old Terrell Johnson in May.

"The grand jury determined that the use of deadly force against Mr. Johnson was a lawful exercise of self-defense under the criminal law," the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office announced this morning. The grand jury cleared him yesterday.

Ajir, a Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officer assigned to the Transit Division, killed Johnson on May 10 after a call about a man allegedly threatening people with blade at a MAX station in Southeast Portland. As we reported earlier:

According to police, someone called 911 on May 10 to report that Johnson was threatening people at the transit stop near Southeast Foster and 92nd. A West Linn officer assigned to the Transit Division arrived and spoke with Johnson, but the man was noncompliant, police say. When Portland Officer Samson Ajir and his partner—a Clackamas County deputy who is also Ajir’s brother—arrived on the scene, police say Johnson ran from them, ending up on a MAX bridge over Johnson Creek. What happened next remains unclear. Police have said that Johnson “displayed” a “utility knife” near Ajir.

"Officer Ajir was in close proximity to Johnson when Johnson displayed a utility knife prompting Officer Ajir to fire his handgun multiple times, striking Johnson," a police press release said shortly after the shooting.

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Barack Obama on Trumpcare: "This Bill Will Do You Harm"

President Barack Obama has weighed in on the Senates anti-woman, anti-old person, anti-decency, anti-life bill.
President Barack Obama has weighed in on the Senate's anti-woman, anti-elderly, anti-decency, anti-life bill. Steffi Loos / Getty

Nobody sums up the Senate's version of Trumpcare better than Barry O: "Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family—this bill will do you harm."

If you've already called your Senators, added your own personal amendment so Senators can more easily slow down the AHCA during vote-a-rama, and planned to picket where picketing makes sense, reward yourself by reading Obama's full statement on the bill that aims to destroy his greatest legislative achievement:

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Timbers v. Seattle Match Preview

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The first and only game of the year between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders at Providence Park is almost here. Due to the heat forecasted for Sunday, kick off — originally supposed to be 1:00 pm — has been moved back six-and-a-half hours to 7:30 pm, with TV coverage now on ESPN2.

Both teams are in dire need of a result. Seattle has sputtered all season, while the Timbers have had a miserable last two months — and both teams hit new lows on Wednesday night, with the Sounders blowing a late home lead against Orlando and Portland losing a crazy game in Minnesota.

Strap in. Summer MLS games don't get bigger than this one.

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What’s She Mad About Now?: About Trump’s Serial Murders...

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ALLISON KEREK
STATEMENT BY HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN ON DONALD TRUMP’S SERIAL MURDERS

Washington, DC
—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s luring of victims into his van, murdering them with a Montblanc Meisterstück fountain pen, and disposing of the bodies in the Potomac over the past five months:

“It appears that the President has been doing some things that some people don’t agree with. I’m not going to speculate on any of this, and I’m not going to worry about things that I have no control over, but I will say this: The President is new at this. He’s new to government, so he probably wasn’t steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationship between a President and his constituency.

Is it okay to talk to them? Sure. Is it okay to stand with them in a casual dining establishment and “get folksy?” Absolutely. Is it okay to follow them from said establishment, pull up next to them as they’re walking home, lure them into a plastic-lined Chevy van, stab them repeatedly, then wrap them in plastic and dump the body into the Potomac? Probably not, but I’ve been doing this a long time, so I’m more educated about the little-known regulations that are hidden in whatever arcane documents live in the dust-laden halls of Congress. He’s just new to this. The American people need to give him a chance.

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The I, Anonymous Blog Quote o' the Day: New Relationship Pro Tips!

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Are you the type of person that ruins a relationship the moment you are lucky enough to get one? JOIN THE CLUB! But if you'd like to break this vicious cycle, check out this sage advice from the I, Anonymous Blog titled, "Commitment Pro Tips."

Don't leave a cute flirty pic of you and your last gf on the fridge for the first four months of your new relationship. When your new girlfriend moves in, maybe clean your ex's pile of dirty lacy undies from under the bed. Check to see if your sex toys smell like her. Have fun calling her up when you're single again.

Good to know! And as a matter of fact, the I, Anonymous Blog is a treasure trove of great advice.* So why not drop off your rants and confessions right now?

* Hahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa! Good one.


Good Morning, News: Oregon Tax Reform Dies, Senate Republicans Fight the Poor, and Ornery Coots are Ornery

Secret no longer: Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell yesterday finally unveiled the health care bill he'd been tinkering with in secret for weeks—and surprise! It's not so different from the House's terrible bill after all. The bill doesn't have enough support to pass the Senate in its current form, and it's unclear what tweaks will be necessary to get it there.

To get you up to speed, the NYT has this rundown of the bill's major departures from Obamacare. And Politico has a helpful tally of winners (the rich, anti-Obama governors, young and healthy people) and the losers (the poor and old, addicts, public health agencies).

Meanwhile: Barack Obama is not amused.

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The ornery coots at the Portland Business Alliance are still so mad about the Better Naito project, which offers one of Naito Parkway's four travel lanes for pedestrians and bikes during summer months. Their latest hilariously unsuccessful gambit? Trying to get people to send pre-written statements opposing the project to city leaders. It hasn't worked in the least.

BIG NEWS: Partisan rancor down in Salem has prompted Democratic leaders to scrap plans for corporate tax reform this year, a major blow as lawmakers work to close a $1.4 billion funding shortfall over the next two years.

With tax reforms off the table, Gov. Kate Brown says it might be easier to pass the massive transportation package (read: tax and fee increases for transportation projects) that lawmakers have been pushing.

That transportation plan has been met with stiff resistance in some quarters of Portland—with plenty of people arguing that a plan to widen I-5 through the Rose Quarter is shortsighted and counter to pledges to reduced carbon emissions. This useful OPB piece looks at that argument, and also explains how a congestion pricing system on I-5—basically tolls to convince people not to drive at peak times—might work.

The criminal narrative grows worse for George Tschaggeny, the homeless man accused of stealing items from MAX stabbing victim Rick Best as he lay dying. Tschaggeny is now accused of using Best's credit card five times immediately following the May 26 tragedy.

Pressure is ramping up on Portland school board member Paul Anthony to resign, after a group of principals obtained some of his salty private communications.

Another University of Oregon basketball player is accused of sexual assault. Things need to change—in Eugene and everywhere.

In good news, OHSU just 3D printed a six-year-old a new plastic orange arm, and it's delightful.

Trump tells Fox News he threatened fired FBI Director Jim Comey with fictitious recordings of their conversations to keep the man honest in Congressional testimony. The president fails to mention that his threat prompted Comey to leak memos which eventually led to the appointment of the special prosecutor who's investigating Trump. So...

LASTLY: Blast the Bananarama while you scope this delicious forecast. It's Friday, y'all!

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NBA Draft Night: Take a Look at the Two New Blazers

The Trailblazers added two new big men to their roster via the NBA draft: 7 foot center Zach Collins of Gonzaga and 6 foot 9 bruiser Cleb Swanigan from Purdue. Here they are:

Zach Collins (in white)
Zach Collins (in white) Getty Images

Caleb Swanigan
Caleb Swanigan Getty Images

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