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Quick Flashes PPR #75

Celebrate Our 25th Anniversary!!!

Dear readers: Five years ago when the Portland Copwatch (PCW) newsletter reached its 20th anniversary, we observed: "Since late 1993, we've been publishing the People's Police Report three times a year to bring you news and analysis about Portland's Police, laws designed to be enforced selectively, the oversight system, and civil rights and liberties in general." We posted cover images of the 59 previous editions; with our 25th anniversary issue, we now have covers for PPRs #60-74 on line. Anniversaries are good times to look at where you are and what's next. We still believe that "while the PPB has its share of corruption, brutality and racism, things could be a lot worse if PCW were not around." In the last few years we have taken action to stop the City from reversing their pledge to dismantle the "48-hour rule," broken new ground by collecting data on statewide shootings, and watched the "Independent" Police Review conduct its own investi-gations for the first time since their 2001 inception (albeit, still dependent on the police to compel officer testimony). We will continue to be vigilant and bring important news to our readers, without whose support and encouragement we could not be doing this work for over a quarter of a century.

Portland Officer Uses "N" Word, County Pays Settlement; City Settles with Bicyclist
  Profiling Data Of Houseless Arrests Reveals Trends

Emanuel Price, a Multnomah County worker assigned to oversee the Metropolitan Youth Commission, received a $200,000 settlement from the county for being fired after he complained about inappropriate racial remarks made during a presentation (Oregonlive, July 27). The remarks by Portland Police Sergeant Timothy Sessions (#21772)* included the use of the "N" word and a "joke" about how a Latino man mispronounced the word-- yet the City was not named in the lawsuit. It is unclear if Sessions was investigated for misconduct-- in part because no Police Review Board reports have been published since November 2017. Oregon Live article Aug 10, 2018, titled: Secret Portland 
details lapses in arrest of black man On August 8, Portland agreed to pay Anthony Allen $25,000 for when Officer Colby Marrs (#52826) threw Allen off his bicycle, injured him and swore at him in 2015. The lawsuit raised issues of profiling. The 2016 annual stop data report was released in late June 2018. It uses statistical gymnastics to try explaining why 13-14% of traffic and pedestrian stops are of African Americans in a city that is 6% black. The Oregonian's June 29 exposť on the over-representation of houseless persons in arrests sheds new light on profiling issues. The O shows all African Americans are arrested at over three times their representation-- 20% of the time. When it comes to the houseless community, African Americans make up 16% of that community, and police arrest houseless black persons at about a 1:1 ratio. However, other people of color are arrested below their representation: Latinx persons, 10% of that community (and the general population) make up just 6% of arrests, and Native Americans, who are 10% of houseless persons but account for 2% of arrests. (Native Amerians are only about 1/2 a percent of the general population). Pacific Islanders are 2.6% of the homeless community but account for just .5% of arrests.
*-His son Timothy II was let go from the Bureau in 2014 (PPR #64).
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Legal Briefs: Supremes Uphold Cell Phone Privacy

The US Supreme Court ruled June 22nd that law enforcement need to obtain a warrant to obtain cell phone location data (Washington Post, June 22). To convict Timothy Carpenter on multiple armed robberies, prosecutors obtained 127 days' worth of Carpenter's cell phone location data from his phone carrier. This allowed them to match Carpenter's movements to locations near the robberies. The Supreme Court decided on a 5 to 4 vote that cell phone location data could only be obtained through a court ordered warrant requiring probable cause a crime has been committed. The Court recognized cell phone location data provides investigators the opportunity to retroactively scour years worth of cell phone records indicating the owner's movements (Supremecourt.gov, June 22). The Court left room for cell phone location data to be collected without a warrant in emergencies or instances of national security.
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  People's Police Report

September, 2018
Also in PPR #75

PPB Car Chase Leads to Deadly Crash
OR Shootings Hit Annual Average by July
Police and "Union" vs. Houseless People
Review Committee Shunned, Seeks Change
Oversight Report Drops Force Data
Portland Police Collaborate with ICE
Terror Task Force in the News
COCL Says DOJ Agreement Almost Done
Training Council Streamlines Processes
Police Crack Down on Antifascist Rallies
Chief Gets Press, Starts Strategic Plan
Sheriff Actions: Pro and Con
Copwatch Comments on Bureau Policies
Quick Flashes #75
  • PPR's 25th Anniversary
  • PPB Cop Uses 'N' Word / Profiling Updates
  • Supremes Uphold Cell Phone Privacy
Rapping Back #75

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