Dear Portland Police Bureau

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From PDXIndymedia:

Dear Portland Police Bureau,

I am putting you on notice that I am coming to protest. If your officers arrest me and thereby interfere with my first, fourth, and fourteenth amendment rights, I will allow it, then plead not guilty, demand a jury trial, refuse to pay bail, and win in court. Then the fun begins, as I will have the arresting officers decertified by DPSST for official misconduct resulting in loss, (ORS 465)

I am coming, and I am not anonymous.

 

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From PPB:

PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU NEWS RELEASE
Portland Police Prepare for November 17 Demonstrations
Attachment: VIEW FILES

On Thursday November 17, 2011, there is the potential for several protest events throughout the City of Portland. The Portland Police Bureau will be tasked with keeping the demonstrations and all of Portland’s communities safe throughout the day.

As of now, the Portland Police Bureau is aware of a planned march and demonstration starting on the east side of the Steel Bridge at 8:00 a.m. This demonstration may then move to Waterfront Park at Southwest Naito Parkway and Ankeny Street.

Commuters during the morning hours should expect congestion at the Steel Bridge and streets leading to the Steel Bridge. Because of construction on the Morrison Bridge, the public should consider alternate routes, including the Fremont, Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne and Marquam bridges to cross the river.

For TriMet bus and MAX service alerts, visit www.trimet.org.

Information indicates that demonstrators will then move to Portland banks and other businesses. Recent direct action events, in Portland and other cities, has focused mainly on banks, including vandalism to property. Other tactics include large groups entering and causing disruptions, individuals chaining themselves to structures in the business, and chaining or barring the doors.

The Portland Police Bureau is asking that Portland businesses, particularly those Downtown, and their customers to be aware of this event and prepare for possible disruptions. Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau is asking for the community’s patience and understanding, as there may be disruptions to vehicle, pedestrian and TriMet traffic in the Downtown core during the duration of the event.

At this time, no permits for marches have been obtained. The free permit for free speech events provides for a coordinated set of guidelines. The guidelines clarify the route, authorize event participants to lawfully be in the street and are designed to ensure the safe flow of all traffic in the downtown core. Experience has shown that working with organizers on obtaining a permit makes the event more collaborative, which increases the overall success of the event for everyone.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to vigorously pursuing the goal of allowing participants to express their view, which is their free speech right. Our overall objective is to take all appropriate action to help make this event happen in a way that is safe for participants as well as the general public. Demonstrators and police have the shared responsibility to keep events safe for all and to ensure that everyone’s rights are maintained.

On the day of the event, follow @portlandpolice on Twitter for updates and information.

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