Mayor and Police Chief Lied about Occupy Portland’s “Crime Spike”

photo from Nov 13

From PortlandOccupier.org. Nov 29.

Mayor and Police Chief Lied about Crime

A conversation with Ted Clark and James Schwartz

Reese and Adams at Press Conference to Announce Crime Rates up at Occupy Encampment

Ted Clark doesn’t believe all he hears. When he read reports that one of the reasons why Sam Adams decided to evict Occupy Portland from its encampment was that the City of Portland and its Police Bureau claimed Occupy had sparked an “increase of crime,” he didn’t believe it.

“I never saw any information to back up that claim,” he explains, “so I decided to investigate for myself, using their own statistics on Crime Mapper It turns out it was all a lie, plain and simple. They lied, and they knew they were lying, and they made no attempt to document their evidence because they knew the evidence would prove them wrong.

“The Mayor and the Police Chief lied to the citizens of Portland regarding the crime issue. There was a decrease in crime in other areas of the city, and overall, even accounting for a few areas of increase near the encampment that might be simply due to the increase in population density, there was an overall reduction in crime. I have files with all the maps for all the crime categories.”

The fact that Adams and Reese lied to the people of Portland makes Clark angry enough that he feels Sam Adams ought to fire Mike Reese and then resign from office himself. But that’s not all that makes Ted Clark angry. He’s also furious about the way the police looked the other way when abuses were happening at the encampment.

Clark explains, “There were cops, both undercover agents and uniformed cops, right in among us at the encampment for weeks on end. Some crimes did occur at the encampment, but nothing was done about it. The cops stood around and picked their noses and ignored the crime. They did nothing about it. And why was that? Didn’t we deserve to be protected and served?”

Clark explains that his information is freely available to anyone who wants to do the work. It’s not hidden. It’s not subject to question. It’s all right there in the numbers.

Occupier James Schwartz is struck by the violence of shoppers on Black Friday and the fact that the police and city governments don’t seem to view that as a problem. He says, “Now let’s look at Black Friday. Corporations and big box stores create a frenzy for products by limiting quantities to less than they think people will buy. They know their Black Friday sales will cause a massive influx of people into their stores, yet they don’t provide the proper level of safety and security personnel, and they allow numerous outbreaks of violence by customers who are attracted to these deals. If anything, the violence hypes the merchandise. Somebody thinks, ‘If people are willing to fight for it, maybe I need to get some of it too.’

“Why is it we didn’t see police in riot gear at the big box stores? Why is it that people will endanger themselves to save a few bucks, but won’t turn out to peaceably protest the same corporations that are killing jobs, taking profits, and ruining the future for their kids and grandkids?” Schwartz concludes, “If people can get off their couches at midnight on Thanksgiving to go shop, why can’t they get off the couch on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to peaceably protest the corporate greed that enslaves us all?”

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Portland Crimes Reported by Type  JULY-OCTOBER 2011     Source: Portland Bureau of Police CrimeMapper

http://www.portlandmaps.com/maps/police/ Centered on SW Alder and SW 3rd

Compiled by Ted Clark

JULY THRUOCT-2011Offense Number of Offenses
JULY AUGUST SEPTEM OCTOBER AVG OCTOBER% from Avg.
1.   Assaults 29 17 19 13 19.50 DWN   33%
2.   Burglaries 4 3 4 3 3.50 DWN   14%
3.   Larcenies 67 69 22 60 54.50 UP      10%
4.   Rapes 0 1 5 1 1.75 DWN   43%
5.   Robberies 10 14 6 4 8.50 DWN   53%
6.   Thefts from Auto 33 28 33 53 36.75 UP      44%
7.   Vehicle Thefts 8 4 9 5 6.50 DWN   33%
8.   Drug Violations 102 142 99 70 103.25 DWN   32%
9.   Simple Assaults 51 57 44 61 53.25 UP      15%
10. Vandalisms 29 20 22 47 29.50 UP      59%
11. Weapons Violations 5 3 5 3 4.00 DWN   25%
12. Disorderly Conduct 92 92 102 90 94.00 DWN     4%
13. Liquor Violations 135 180 163 113 147.75 DWN   24%
14. Trespass/Threats 86 98 84 61 82.25 DWN   26%
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One Response to Mayor and Police Chief Lied about Occupy Portland’s “Crime Spike”

  1. STAARFOX says:

    Funny about this whole thing! I had believed the crime spike anyway, but I also knew that the explanation for “increased” crime was due to the fact that there were more police in that neighborhood than ever before. Crime always reflects the willingness to prosecute. Obviously statistics would reflect an “increase” in crime with an increase in efforts and money to prosecute and criminalize the population (even when “everything being equal” etc.) But what we’ve seen is an increase in the police state, at a dark, dark level.

    Thanks for the info, I hope people know that it’s really up to us to live in reality – because if we’re not, we’re living in theirs.

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