The Finish Line

Federal Judge Okays Police Reforms, Ending Months of Uncertainty

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Next year, the Portland Police Department will be found in contempt for failure to comply and failure to appear at the required meeting. During the next 12 months, more unarmed mentally disabled will continued to be shot and killed by Portland Police Officers.
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This isn't a local problem... police using excessive force, especially on the mentally ill, or unstable. It's endemic to the entire nation- and as bad as it sounds, when the entire country is policed in this way, it's more than a policy- it's a way of life and an accepted mind-set.

It's 2014 and our police still haven't figured out how to de-escalate encounters with "mentals" without killing them or very nearly beating or tazering them to death? Bullshit. Utter bullshit. We need better cops and better cop leaders. Not laws or policies that anyone with half an ounce of compassion would just inherently do as a normal part of their psyche.
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They are not just doing it to the mentally ill. Multnomah, and some of the surrounding counties, are using brutal force on people for minor offenses. They also make threats of violence and jail to non-offending citizens. So it's okay for them to beat me, as long as I don't have crazy papers. Best move I ever made, was leaving the Portland area. I agree, we need compassionate people protecting us. Who protects me from them?
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The problem is that the police view all encounters with the public in the most extreme worse case scenario. For instance, one night I was walking towards Uptown on Burnside, when a small, red dot of light appeared to my right, on the wall of Powell's Book Store. I looked up and back over my left shoulder to see an apartment building with lots of windows, but no rifle pointed out of any of them. I could only wonder if somebody was just joking around with a laser pointer, or if I was being targeted for real. Thinking this through to the logical conclusion, in order for a pedestrian to be as safe as possible from being shot while walking down the street, one must be wearing bullet proof Kevlar clothing (which is illegal for private citizens because the police reserve the right to kill everyone) and be carrying a loaded handgun in one's hand at all times, while constantly looking back over one's shoulder.

The "Book" that the police go by, calls for them to gather in packs like wild dogs, carrying high capacity sidearms, and to always call for back up if anybody gives them back talk. If a suspect resists physically in the slightest, all officers present will empty their entire 19 round clips into the citizen, just to be on the safe side. Officers safety and prerogative to abuse citizens is of paramount priority.

There is no way that these bullies are going to buy into the British Bobby approach, of patrolling with no weapons, other than a Billy Club. Ironically, more police officers are shot with their own guns by the victims they harass, then are shot by citizens who carry defensive weapons. If any citizen were as paranoid as the police, they would be confined in a straight jacket and held in the Hole.
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"Since the dawn of history the Neqro has owned the continent of Africa – rich beyond the dream of poet’s fancy, crunching acres of diamonds beneath his bare black feet and yet he never picked one up from the dust until a white man showed to him its glittering light.

His land swarmed with powerful and docile animals, yet he never dreamed a harness, cart, or sled.

A hunter by necessity, he never made an axe, spear, or arrowhead worth preserving beyond the moment of its use. He lived as an ox, content to graze for an hour.

In a land of stone and timber he never sawed a foot of lumber, carved a block, or built a house save of broken sticks and mud.

With league on league of ocean strand and miles of inland seas, for four thousand years he watched their surface ripple under the wind, heard the thunder of the surf on his beach, the howl of the storm over his head, gazed on the dim blue horizon calling him to worlds that lie beyond, and yet he never dreamed a sail.”

~ Barack Obama
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Unless O'bamass' ghost writer, Bill Ayers quoted that, Gluten Free, those words came from the book "The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan" written in 1905 by Thomas F. Dixon Jr. It was the second book in a trilogy, preceded by "The Leopard's Spots" in 1902 and followed by "The Traitor" in 1907. "The Clansman" served as inspiration for the 1915 silent movie which glamorized the Ku Klux Klan, "The Birth of a Nation", directed by David Llewelyn Wark "D. W." Griffith, a racist, but otherwise, ground breaking cinematic masterpiece.