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UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi Sued Over November Pepper-Spray

3:00 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Puzzlingly still-employed UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, of last fall’s infamous “silent treatment” walk of shame (and worst Buick Enclave commercial ever), has been sued for infringing on the free speech rights of students pepper-sprayed during campus #Occupy protests by campus police.

The suit names UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi as a defendant, along with several other campus administrators and campus police officers. It details allegations against campus Police Lt. John Pike, who the suit says sprayed the seated or crouching protesters at a distance of one to two feet, causing burning pain to their eyes and faces.

The federal lawsuit, filed by 19 students and alumni with the help of the ACLU of Northern California, seeks both financial damages and changes to policy and procedures at UC Davis:

“Our goal in this lawsuit is to ensure the university makes a clear commitment to protect free speech on campus and prevent this from ever happening again,” said Michael Risher, a staff attorney with American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California, which is helping to represent the students.

A University spokesman couldn’t comment on the case as he had not seen it yet.

Oregonian Buries Lede in Police Overtime Article: Officers are Unnecessary for #Occupiers’ Peaceful Assembly

2:40 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Is all this necessary? (photo: Greg Raisman/flickr)

Thursday’s Oregonian attempted to answer the “how much is #Occupy costing us, anyway?” question for Portland taxpayers, focusing on Police Bureau overtime. I’m sure we’ll see Parks Department estimates on repair and reseeding and replanting the park campgrounds very shortly as well. For now, though, the paper provides some numbers about sworn officer presence on Mayor Sam Adams’ “Outta the Park!” wee hours street-fair and compares last year’s under-budget overtime expenditure with this half-years’ slightly high usage:

The city budgeted $7.77 million for police overtime in the 2011-12 fiscal year. As of the bureau’s last pay period ending Nov. 9 it has spent more than $3.5 million, Del Gizzi said.

But that figure doesn’t include the full $1.29 million in estimated overtime costs for policing the Occupy Portland movement, covering the bureau’s early planning days Oct. 1 through Monday.

Of course, those overtime expenses were necessary given the scary and unpredictable #Occupation the Portland Police Bureau was faced with, right? For an objective viewpoint, the reporter seeks out Mayoral ex-candidate, Police Chief Mike Reese, to justify his force’s huge overtime presence:

On the following Monday, Police Chief Mike Reese defended the police deployment. “In terms of keeping the peace, it was appropriate, and I don’t know how you put a dollar amount on that,” he said.

Next, though, we learn that a demonstration and march with no police presence turned out to require none after all (my bold):

The high costs stand in stark contrast to last weekend, when the bureau didn’t incur overtime as it changed course and decided not to provide police coverage for Occupy Portland’s march for universal health care, which remained peaceful.

So, the dollar amount Chief Reese can put on police overtime required to keep the peace when #Occupiers peaceably assemble to petition our government for redress of legitimate health care grievances is… ZERO. That makes #OccupyPortland’s point about Mayor Sam’s Deadline Countdown Party without really trying:

Occupy Portland protesters have said the massive police presence was unnecessary and a result of poor police management.

This round, like so many in Portland’s #Occupy debate, goes to the #Occupiers. The police presence, with its skyrocketing “associated overtime” costs, appears to be an entirely self-inflicted wound to the city’s coffers.

When there’s no police presence, marches are peaceful. And city payroll costs can be contained. There’s a lesson here; will Portland civic leaders learn it?

The Whole World Is Watching, UC/Davis Edition

3:09 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Citizen journalism at its very best.

The whole world is not only watching, they are being provided with simultaneously synched-up video evidence of your militarized police force’s egregious brutality of peacefully demonstrating students, Chancellor Katehi.


Advisory: Graphic Police Violence Portrayed from Four Angles

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Source: Waxy.org, Portland, OR

#Occupy Portland: Pictures from Our March (3)

9:51 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

The very beginning of our Portland Occupation, showing a bit of the size of the crowd, some more creative signage from fellow Occupiers, and the protective cordon Public Works installed to protect Portland’s just-grown-in Waterfront lawns.

(Please also see Cocktailhag’s great diary here. On any photo, click to embiggen)

Welcome to #OccupyPortland!

Taken from the Burnside Bridge Approach: The Occupiers Gather

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#Occupy Portland: Pictures from Our March (2)

6:41 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Portland Police announced, via local news media, that midnight-camping regulations have been suspended, and no one will be arrested for overnight camping in downtown Portland parks tonight. This is how our police bureau rewards good behavior, which everyone was on today for #OccupyPortland.

More scenes and signs from today’s march, below. News media continue to talk about 4,000 to 5,000 but it seemed like lots more people to me.


(Please also see Cocktailhag’s great diary here.)

Portland Police Bureau Bicyle Patrol: Protecting and Serving Occupiers

And this was the most poignant sign of the entire bunch today, so I edited the photo to show it better:

SEVENTEEN & NO FUTURE

#Occupy Portland: Pictures from Our March (1)

5:42 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Working Class: Let's Take Back Our Lives

News media in Portland report 4,000 to 5,000 people marched from the waterfront, through Old Town, up Burnside to Broadway, to Pioneer Courthouse Square and thence to Chapman Square in the heart of Portland’s financial district. Some Occupiers are still in place there; others are returning to the waterfront for a long occupation. Portland police bureau spokespersons are quoted on the local news saying they “won’t draw any lines in the sand” with regard to no-camping regulations that begin at midnight.

No arrests.

No property damage.

No confrontations with police.

Some crowd shots and pictures of creative signs….


(Please also see Cocktailhag’s great diary here.)

Sympathetic wage slaves wave to Occupiers and toss celebratory Post-Its

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