Real justice won't be served until we're legal to look out for each other and protect our communities. So long as this is illegal you will have crooks with badges prowling neighborhoods not thinking twice about instigating conflict and murdering people.
It won't allow for something other than M or F? Making those who are third gender or gender queer or otherwise not binary only means picking another non-fit. No gain for us.
So sad that your editor had to use the word 'tweak' in the headline. It isn't just a tweak; its a stumbling block in a transgender person's whole life. Every time they write a check, provide ID to a police officer, visit a physician or ER, sign a form, the gender marker raises a question - especially if as a result of a police check.
It may be a small administrative change, but to a transgender person it is so much more.
Cops don't lie because they are evil; they lie because they are bureaucrats. Most people are totally comfortable lying to their boss at work to save themselves from punishments and financial reprimands. Cops are no different in this regard. What is different is that they could be covering up misconduct that puts the public's well being at risk.
One does not need permission to audio record another (cops included); one only needs to inform the other party they are being recorded. (and no notification is needed for video only) There is a law on the books exempting police from this notification for dash cams when they are uniformed and acting within an official capacity. The law change request would add body cams. Please don't lead people into they thinking they have rights (can tell cops to not record) they do not have lest you share the culpability when it inevitably goes bad.
I guess I have a problem when a company comes into our city and demands that the city council drop whatever it is doing and address the company's needs. Flip Uber- they have no right to boss my elected officials around- that's MY job. Why should they set the agenda?
As for AirBnBedbug- they also have no right to rewrite my city's housing rules. That is for Portland voters to decide...
I don't understand how you can criticize the Koch Brothers for their influence and then turn around and support Uber...
Do you ever read the paper? It's good. It wins awards every year.
Oh but who will speak for the middle-class white kids who were simply trying to provoke confrontation! They're clearly the real victims of this whole police brutality / racism thing
Street Roots ought to write more in consideration of how it's in the individual member of society's interest to be charitable to the poor. Make the paper something that the consumer actually has an interest in reading, not just to buy out of pity.
This particular group of protestors in Portland has nobody to sue here unless they can successfully bait the police into brutalizing them.
What the Merc and commentors here always dislike, is whenever I say that the most effective way to change abusive conduct of cops, politicians and other criminals is through litigation.
The Merc by fomenting riots, is no better than the Pigs who brutalize the useful idiots.
Mick - just so I understand correctly, before Ferguson, police brutality was at an acceptable level for all these protestors, and that one incident was the tipping point that brought the issue to a protestable level? BS.
It is the big media / social media frenzy that was created around the initial false reports in Ferguson (kid walking down the street, brutally shot down by a cop for no apparent reason with his hands up) that started this, and that alone. Its a big bandwagon.....in a month or so there will be another cause of the day bandwagon to jump on.
If you feel strongly about something, work to change it in a meaningful way. What we have here is a bunch of attention hungry children. The whole thing wreaks of insincerity.
JTR sez: "More specifically and succinctly, where were all of these “passionate” PDX anti - police brutality crusaders before Ferguson? It wasn't an important enough topic to protest before then?"
You're curious why an increase in police brutality has led to increased protests? Hm.. The reason why there are more protests now is that police brutality is getting worse. Police militarization is getting worse. That is the succinct and specific answer to your question.
So what do you suggest the cops do when transit or streets are blocked by these opportunistic "protestors"?
I find it funny that prior to this whole Ferguson fiasco that was started by the false initial reports by those with an agenda (Dorian, others clamoring to be on tv with made up accounts) and the flames fanned by the media, none of these protestors gave a darn about any of this. But give them a chance to be in the "spotlight", they will take up any cause. The whole thing is so self-serving. Just like the occupy "movement"...all of a sudden all of these protestors come out of their parents' basements so they can fulfill their selfish desire to be a part of something.
More specifically and succinctly, where were all of these “passionate” PDX anti - police brutality crusaders before Ferguson? It wasn't an important enough topic to protest before then?
If you want to work for change, that's great. But do it in an effective way. These little marches don't do anything but piss of other citizens, marginalize your "cause" (most people easily see the lack of sincerity I point to above), and force the cops into minor squabbles as they do their job. But, I guess it does make for a good sensationalist story, so you have me on that one.
I drink in requiem for what our society could have been.
"we need a vibrant downtown so lets sick cops on them". You know what its like to have a cop wake you like your a kid when you've done nothing wrong? know what it's like to go seek a spot near the suburbs to establish a livable campsite and have people of the suburbs sick the police on you like your a dog? So now your herded into downtown and now those same middle class people from the suburbs got a problem with you being there too so they sick the cops on you again.... Until your tired of it and leave. Exept the shitty ones don't leave. They don't have standards. Now you got bums not just homeless.
You could have realized god gave you everything on this planet free of charge and refrained from taking it upon yourself to herd people around. You could just urge the city to designate livable camp sites where no one is using the space and have an inspector come to insure they are not becomming hazards and kept up to some kind of code.
But you didn't. You just taught your family to give into their predispositions instead of getting to know these people and you used the cops like your own entitled tool to herd people who did nothing wrong so you'd feel better shopping for useless shit downtown.
Middle class people like you are the real problem.
Regardless of how many cops are actually racist, homophobic, sexist, or otherwise bigoted, the fact remains that they all cover for each other. They operate as a brotherhood and snitching amongst cops is liable to get an officer hurt or without backup in a dangerous situation. This is what has to change FROM THE BOTTOM UP. Not from the top down.
The PBA has legitimate concerns too. We need a vibrant downtown, and sometimes it gets uncomfortable for the family to shop especially when homeless folks want to interact with them, and there are some who are pretty aggressive panhandlers.
But we can't push these folks out of the downtown core. There has to be a more balanced way, and these foot patrols are a wonderful possibility for creating that balance. This is what is so needed today, a return to the officer walking a beat, interacting and getting to know the locals, building positive relationships It makes their job so much better for everyone, the officers, the public, and the business owners.
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