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Copwatching On May Day: Same Old ProblemsSix Portland Copwatch volunteers observed this year's May Day events, which began and ended in the South Park Blocks and included a march through downtown Portland.
The Copwatchers were equipped with video cameras and clipboards in order to record and take notes of any improper actions on the part of the police. The Mounted Patrol arrived and massed near where the people were gathered, but did not participate in the actual march. As usual, a number of bicycle officers followed the parade and a majority of them stationed themselves close to the Black Bloc, which was lawfully participating in the march.
There were no serious incidents observed during the event, although we noted several officers who, in violation of their directives (312.50), were not wearing nametags on their outermost garments. When this was called to the attention of Sgt. Paul Weatheroy (#19502), himself without a tag, he sent an officer back to the precinct to make temporary nametags.
As usual, in violation of ORS 181.575, various officers were videotaping the crowd, thereby collecting information on their political affiliations with no suspicion of criminal conduct. Officer Paul Ware was performing his usual May Day role of being a prime videographer, and many bicycle officers had cameras attached to their helmets. Once again, Portland Copwatch went up to each officer who was videotaping, to point out that what they were doing was in violation of state law. The usual response was to ignore the complaint or to laugh.
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