Portland Police Assoc on Occupy Portland: Enough is Enough

Portland, ORE – November 3, 2011 – Portland Police Association

To the Citizens of Portland:

The 900 members of the Portland Police Association are members of a union that advocates for jobs, fair wages, benefits, work conditions, and pensions. We are truly, as are you, members of the 99% of Americans that work every day for a living. We believe in, and support, the rights of citizens to free speech, including the right to protest and march, as long as it is within the confines of the City, County, and State laws. We have sworn an oath to protect the Constitutional rights of all citizens, regardless of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or economic background. What we cannot do is condone what the Occupy Portland protest has become. This protest has become a seemingly open checkbook of taxpayer dollars to pay for an already over-extended Police Bureau. Staffing hours and resources have been pushed past the limits of reality. Crime, drugs, and health issues plague the two park blocks that the new residents have taken. It has already cost the taxpaying citizens of Portland over $200,000 dollars just for Police resources and it will undoubtedly cost tens of thousands of dollars to clean up the garbage, damage, and illegal structures that the new residents of the parks will leave behind.

In the past few weeks, Portland Police officers have worked long hours, shown great resolve, and out-performed their duties under seemingly unimaginable circumstances. We have responded to the mixed messages of our leaders and have held our heads up through the adversity that we have neither caused nor can control. Now, Portland Police officers are being assaulted and threatened by protesters which also puts our citizens at risk. We need to be able to do our jobs, and protect the rights and safety of every citizen. The Police Commissioner has the ability and the duty to see that this is done.

I am personally calling on you, the other 99% of the citizens of Portland, to have your voices heard. The 99% who cannot sit on a park bench and read a book, or have your lunch, or just enjoy a nice autumn day. The 99% who has had to avoid what the parks have become while walking to lunch, work, or taking a coffee break. The 99% whose children are in area day-care centers who have had to take extra security measures. And the 99% who are business owners whose businesses are surviving from month to month in this volatile economy.

You need to contact your City leaders and let them hear from you. The 99% who are not violating the trespass laws and camping laws. The 99% who are not in violation of park rules and City Codes on structures, food handling, and garbage dumping. The 99% who are not costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in Police Bureau resources and potentially tens of thousands of dollars in damages to the parks and clean-up cost whenever this is over. If the Occupy Portland movement has a message, let it be heard, but not at the cost of taxpayer’s dollars, Police resources, and the damage it has done to the citizens and business owners who are a large majority of the 99%.

  • Daylightdisinfectant

    The Head of Media for Occupy goes on a profanity laced tirade calling the reporter a “d*chebag,” “d!ckhead” and a “moron.” He finishes by saying “I hope you don’t get hit by a bus” as busses whiz by on the busy Portland street. This is clearly a reference to the Portland Police Officer who was pushed in fron of a Portland city bus by an Occupy Portland representative the night before.https://youtu.be/FC4j-86hvjA

  • Bob Clark

    10-4!  Will contact the juveniles running city hall who go after sole proprietorships for lack of permit or not keeping up with grafiti, yet let drug adicts, registered sex perverts and other rubble squat on public lands without permit. The same city hall spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars each year beautifying the downtown core, only to have a rift raft of tents take a prominent postion in the downtown core.

    While we are at it.  Where’s the call for civility from head Democrat party leaders in the case of Occupy XXXrs.  The D in Democrat must stand for double standards. 

  • Anonymous

    Good copy…except for the talk about 99 percenters. The thing is, these a-holes don’t represent 99 percent of anything. They represent more like three percent of the population…the three percent who don’t want to work and want everything handed to them.

    At OWS they have demanded free medical care, free college tuition, an annual wage regardless of whether they work or more likely don’t work, and a $20 per hour minimum wage. And that’s just for starters. These jerks would create a socialist Utopia given their druthers. Fortunately about 97 percent of Americans realize what a bunch of a-holes they are and want nothing of their demands.

    • 3H

      “Fortunately about 97 percent of Americans realize what a bunch of a-holes they are and want nothing of their demand.”

      Don’t think it’s quite 97%.   Not by half.


      • Anonymous

        Hahahahahahahahaha…3H quoting Rasmussen Reports. Well, whatever makes your point I guess.

        79 percent may agree with what they say but only three percent have nothing to do but collect government assistance and crap on police cars that come around their campsites. Only three percent, if that, are “occupying” and wasting millions of dollars in government funds that could be going to better uses…like reducing taxes.

        • 3H

          Went for the most conservative one on purpose.   But, kinda blows a big hole in your 97% doesn’t it?  Where did you come up with that number?  Do I even want to know where you pulled it from?

  • Dat5racer

    Jack Peek
    Sr.I wrote to the president….It’s a good idea what he
    suggests, but a unaminous vote of no confidence in SAM ADAMS, is the best
    course, one, calls to city hall in a normal world would be heeded, we damn sure
    know that “normal” in Portland,Oregon..it is not, Again, President Turner, He
    cannot fire you all, isn’t that what unions stand for “unity?”

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