Gangs and the police… one in the same

Posted: January 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

The phone rings again… the police have not returned… yet.  After arresting six campers under the bridge, others await the inevitable.  A police officer reportedly told campers that the mayor wanted them gone.  Ah… a kinder, gentler Portland.

The war on the poor continues.  People are attacked for sleeping in doorways, bushes, under bridges.  Sometimes the attacks come from “gangs” – urban or suburban youth, other attacks come from the police (just following orders from city hall, they say).  The attacks come in different forms, everything from displacement, property destruction, beatings, and murder.

So, what can you do?  If you have a video camera, we can be a witness and hopefully prevent some abuse.  You will also be collecting information for that could be used for civil rights lawsuits against the city and the police.

If you have time and energy – get involved with Right 2 Survive.  We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 5-7pm at Sisters of the Road Cafe.

If you have $ or resources to donate – get in touch with us at r2spdx@gmail.com

 

Here’s a recent article from Street Roots:

Man beaten at camp on Springwater Corridor

rocketpoetry | January 17, 2011 at 11:17 am | Tags: attacks on homeless, homeless, Street Roots | Categories: Street Roots | URL: http://wp.me/ph80C-1bQ

Another incidence of a group beating on a homeless man occurred last weekend on the night of Jan. 8, echoing an attack on Dec. 29 when four suspected gang members allegedly attacked two homeless men.

According to the police report, on Jan. 8, Bruno Arthur Schultz, 51, said he heard  someone outside his camping box and climbed out to see some guys tagging the wall next to his box. Schultz confronted them and they beat him up. There were 5 to 6 suspects, no description. Schultz went back to sleep after the assault then reported it when he attended his AA meeting in the morning. Schultz transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment for multiple facial fractures.

There have been no arrests in the case.

Last month, four teenagers were arrested after beating two homeless individuals in North Portland. In another attack reported by Street Roots, rocks were thrown at individuals experiencing homelessness near St. Francis in November, injuring a man sleeping outdoors.

Posted by Joanne Zuhl

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Comments
  1. Good points here for sure!

    The cops are a gang run by the chambers(s) of commerce – Hired thugs.

    You’re absolutely right on here.

    I’ve written numerous articles about cops harassing and beating the homeless – especially young homeless are beaten by cops. They harass and intimidate totally without accountability so bad cops – which most are – can have fun beating on the poor and homeless cause they know nobody cares

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