Late last July, a 55-year-old woman from Milwaukie had stopped at an intersection, but began to drive away when a car pulled up behind her and started frantically honking. Moments later, the other driver crossed the double yellow line, pulled up beside the woman and yelled at her through the window. They both finally pulled into a parking lot, where the man continued to shout, identifying himself as a (off-duty) deputy sheriff.
Later that night, the same man showed up at the woman's house--this time in a squad car and uniform. Once there, he issued her a $250 ticket for failure to stop at an intersection and cede right-of-way. He later said she was also going below the 35 mph limit. "It's nothing personal," he reportedly told her.
Last month, the woman and her husband contested the tickets in court. Their trump card: Photographic evidence that overgrown vegetation would have prohibited the officer's view of a car at the intersection. The judge took one look at the woman's flawless driving record and threw the case out.
"This is a power issue," the husband says. "That officer had road rage and wanted to get revenge for some ego trip." An internal investigation has been instigated at the sheriff's office. ANNA SIMON
Although the combination of "cohesion" and "anarchy" may sound like an oxymoron, last Friday two Portland organizers tried to bring the two together with a weekly anarchy discussion group. About 10 attendees tossed around big ideas like land trusts and refusing to live under the oppressive thumb of the government.
"There is a big rift in the anarchist movement," says fil, a co-organizer of the new group. "People are scattered with remnants of different ideas and we wanted to get those ideas together under one roof."
"People are so overwhelmed and isolated at the same time," fil continued. "We need to break down the barriers and dialog about what we have in common." Namely, says fil, the common enemy is "the state." Discussions on envisioning a government-free, organic, and free society will continue every Friday at 7 pm at Laughing Horse Books. KIM STEPHENSON