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The People's Police Report accepts letters for publication. Not all letters can be printed due to space considerations. Write to: PO Box 42456, Portland, OR 97242 or newsletter@portlandcopwatch.org.

The following email was received on April 5, shortly after publication of PPR #23. It came from Will Aitchison, the attorney for the Portland Police Association, the "police union." Aitchison sat on the Mayor's PIIAC work group with us last year, challenging most every aspect that would give the review board more independence. This is the exact text of his note:

Subject: Latest Newsletter


I was about to ask you a substantive question about your last newsletter. You know, something like "How can you possibly call someone a victim of police abuse when a neutral federal court jury specifically found she wasn't abused?"

Then I found something more personal. "Outspoken Police Association President Will Aitchison"??? I may be a lot of things, but "outspoken?" I might go for "soft-spoken," would delight in "well-spoken," and could even humbly accept "authoritatively-spoken," but "outspoken" I'm not.

Hope all is well with you,


For those of you playing along at home, Aitchison's callous comment about a "neutral" federal jury referred to the all-white jury in Dora McCrae's case overturning a previous jury's finding of excessive use of force used by police against the African American grandmother. More telling, Aitchison misquoted our article, which correctly identified him as PPA Attorney. Dr. Freud and a number of officers who feel Aitchison runs the "union" will probably all have a lot to say about him referring to himself as the "President" of the PPA.

  People's Police Report

August, 2001
Also in PPR #24

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Police Go On Shooting Spree in   Early July
Review Board Overhauled
Profiling Proven by Statistics
May Day: Police Back Off
PIIAC's Last Stand: Old Review   Board Ends
Chief Kroeker, Repression & More
SERT Team Disbanded
Grand Jury Concerns
  • JTTF Own Worst Enemy
  • FBI Raids Activis Home
  • Dignity Village on Notice
  • Overtime Scandal Down 86%
  • Shooter Cop Gets Stress Pay
  • Chief Moose Supports Prostitution
  • Clackamas Sheriff Off Hook: Discrimination
  • Bend Cop Off Hook: Shooting
Quick Flashes
  • Sergeants Convicted in Beatings
  • Police Raid Three Homes
  • 3 Portland Beatings
  • PPB vs. Counterculture
  • County to Charge Inmates
  • Supreme Court: Thermal Image Unlawful
Washington County Sheriffs
  • Deputies Drop Knives
  • Tactical Team 'n' TNT
  • Pregnant Woman Escapes
  • Beavert on Cops Play Robbers
Letters to the PPR
Rapping Back #24

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