The fact of the matter is that the city of Portland, and the OIR group who investigated the incidents, focused primarily on incidents involving people with mental health issues, or perceived mental health issues. The reality is that people of color are targeted at much higher rates in Portland. So when we focus only on mental illness without acknowledging a much bigger issue being suffered by the community, or the fact that these communities intersect, and the treatment by the PPB toward by people of color exacerbates mental illness, we are assuring that the brutality will only continue.
The city refuses to collect data that would bring this fact to light. Therefore, the city can justify ignoring racially motivated violence and harassment by cops YET AGAIN because the process was skewed to only look at mentally ill survivors and victims of police brutality. This color blindness has to end!
The fact that this city is still trying it's best to keep the discussion of violence against people of color by public employees with guns off the table just confirms that we're nowhere close to resolving this issue and assuring the safety of the community.
How many more Keaton Otis’s, Aaron Campbells and Kendra James’ are we going to bury?
I know exactly who that security guard is. She has a tendency to over react and to give people a hard time for what she fears they're going to do because of the way they look.
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