On Sunday afternoon, November 5, protesters met at the North Park blocks for another demonstration against police brutality. Two weeks prior, demonstrators went to Police Chief Rosie Sizer's home. This time, protesters hopped on buses to head to Police Union President Robert King's house, according to one witness, Reed student Brian Radzinsky.
But the demonstrators got the wrong house: The crowd marched through the Reed College campus in SE Portland, chanting "Stop police brutality!" and "Murder is murder even if it's a cop!" to the beat of a drum, Radzinsky said.
"When they got to the house they were looking for, a man came out looking confused. He threatened to call the police," Radzinsky added. Three police cars showed up shortly before 8 pm. The protesters did not respond to a request for comment by press time. AMY JENNIGES
On Tuesday, November 7, City Commissioner Randy Leonard announced that he would be introducing a resolution directing the city auditor to subpoena the Portland Development Commission (PDC). According to Leonard, PDC is being less than forthcoming with documents related to a land deal that's currently being audited.
In 2002, PDC purchased land at SW 3rd and Oak for $850,000, then invested another half a million in upgrades for the property. Somehow, though, a subsequent property appraisal showed that the land was worth negative $2.7 million. In the wake of that appraisal, PDC decided to give the property to a condo developer for free.
A later, separate appraisal, however, valued the land at $1.86 million—raising red flags over the land giveaway. Last summer, Leonard pushed for an independent audit of PDC's transactions, which squeaked through city council only after a heated debate with Mayor Tom Potter, who prefers a more hands-off approach to the agency.
Now, however, Leonard says PDC is still withholding emails and documents crucial to the audit. His subpoena resolution is expected to go before council on Wednesday, November 15. SCOTT MOORE