Sit/Lie: Moving People Around
As we suspected, Portland's new Sit/Lie law has mostly been used to move people around, but rarely used for actual enforcement. Members of the Mayor's Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE) committee tell Portland Copwatch that in the first two months of the ordinance:
All 13 people warned and cited for "sidewalk obstruction" were listed as "transients" (street roots blog, December 11). Obviously more than 16 people were sitting or lying on the sidewalk downtown in September and October. The questions are, how many of them were given verbal warnings by "rent-a-cops", or by Portland Police, and of those, how many were directed to needed services (as required) and how many were just made to feel unwelcome?
People's Police Report
#43 Table of Contents
People's Police Report Index Page
Return to Copwatch home page