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#3048083 - 02/21/17 06:51 PM ACLU asks Portland police to stop using riot gear
azmastablasta Offline
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Umm....that would be NO!

ACLU asks Portland police to stop using riot gear

Dave Northfield , KGW 2 minutes ago

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The ACLU of Oregon says it’s time for Portland police to stop showing up in riot gear in response to anti-Trump protests.

“When police show up in riot gear, it has the effect of escalating the situation,” said ACLU of Oregon spokeswoman Sarah Armstrong. “We think police policies should aim for de-escalation.”

Portland police arrested 13 people Monday during a “Not My President” rally in front of the Federal Building on Southwest Third and Columbia Street. Armstrong said officers who showed up in riot gear, as they have for all of the anti-Trump protests, used riot control tactics in making the arrests.

“Portland has a long history of civil disobedience,” said Armstrong. “What seems to be different is the swiftness and violence of the police response.”

Many observers have noticed a change in the tolerance level of police for protesters blocking streets under Mayor Ted Wheeler. Protests taking place in 2016, before Wheeler took office, included hours of blocked streets.

Wheeler has been vocal about his standards: Protesters are allowed to gather and express their First Amendment rights, but they are not free to break the law.

In an interview for KGW’s Straight Talk that aired last weekend, Wheeler said, ”The minute you choose to block a street or block transit or block a highway, or engage in acts of violence, that is not protected by the U.S. Constitution as free speech.”

Several Portlanders have complained that officers pushed their way into a crowd of peaceful protesters standing on the sidewalk to make the arrests Monday.

Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said that once officers decide to arrest someone, it’s too late to retreat to the sidewalk.

“The sidewalk is not 'home base,'” said Simpson.
As for the request by the ACLU that officers refrain from wearing riot gear to protest, Simpson said the gear is for their own protection. During an Inauguration Day protest on Jan. 20, protesters threw eggs, rocks, bottles and fireworks at officers.

http://www.kgw.com/mb/news/local/aclu-asks-portland-police-to-stop-using-riot-gear/411046013
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#3048097 - 02/21/17 07:42 PM Re: ACLU asks Portland police to stop using riot gear [Re: azmastablasta]
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Quote:
“Portland has a long history of civil disobedience,” said Armstrong. “What seems to be different is the swiftness and violence of the police response.”


Perhaps if the little darlings would learn how to behave in public they wouldn't get slapped up side the head w/a nightstick, ya reckon?

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#3048125 - 02/21/17 10:23 PM Re: ACLU asks Portland police to stop using riot gear [Re: azmastablasta]
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I'm thinking the ACLU should be on the front lines, trying to tell the snowflakes to go home, without riot gear. And, their cars, and their personal property should be parked on the street where the protests are. Better yet, maybe they should just go ahead and slap them side the head with a night stick, and tell them to go pound sand, that they are a large part of the problem.
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#3048280 - 02/22/17 10:50 AM Re: ACLU asks Portland police to stop using riot gear [Re: azmastablasta]
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if showing up to stop a riot escalates it, how did it turn from a protest to a riot in the first place?



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#3048285 - 02/22/17 10:58 AM Re: ACLU asks Portland police to stop using riot gear [Re: azmastablasta]
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The problem begins, not when the police show up, but the failure of the SnowFlakes to read and understand the laws on the books and how to "Peacefully" protest....Any other action violates most existing laws and what is the responsibility of police ??? LAW ENFORCEMENT !!! PROTECT the general population, SERVE those in difficult situations, not those creating the difficulty...
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#3048290 - 02/22/17 11:06 AM Re: ACLU asks Portland police to stop using riot gear [Re: azmastablasta]
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Originally Posted By: azmastablasta
Umm....that would be HE11 NO!

ACLU asks Portland police to stop using riot gear

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