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Camille Cosby was subjected to intense questioning by the women's lawyer, who repeatedly pressed her to say whether she believes her husband "acted with a lack of integrity" during their 52-year marriage. The lawyer also asked if her husband used his position and power "to manipulate young women." Camille Cosby didn't answer those questions and many others after her lawyer cited marital privilege, the legal protection given to communications between spouses. She repeatedly said she had "no opinion" when pressed on whether she viewed her husband's behavior as dishonest and a violation of their marriage vows. About 50 women have publicly accused Bill Cosby of forcing unwanted sexual contact on them decades ago. Cosby has denied the allegations. He faces a criminal case in Pennsylvania, where prosecutors have charged him with sexually violating a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand. He has pleaded not guilty. Camille Cosby answered questions in the deposition Feb. 22 and again April 19 after her lawyers argued unsuccessfully to stop it. A judge ruled she would have to give a deposition but said she could refuse to answer questions about private communications between her and her husband. Camille Cosby's lawyer, Monique Pressley, repeatedly cited that privilege and advised her not to answer many questions asked by the women's lawyer, Joseph Cammarata. The exchanges between Cammarata and Cosby became testy at times, and she admonished him: "Don't lecture me. Just keep going with the questions." Using a transcript of a deposition Bill Cosby gave in a civil lawsuit filed by Constand in 2005 and a transcript of an interview she gave to Oprah Winfrey in 2000, Cammarata asked Camille Cosby about extramarital affairs her husband had. "Were you aware of your husband setting up trusts for the benefit of women that he had a sexual relationship with?" Cammarata asked. She didn't answer after her lawyer cited marital privilege. Cammarata asked her about Shawn Thompson, a woman who said Bill Cosby fathered her daughter, Autumn Jackson, in the 1970s. Jackson was convicted in 1997 of attempting to extort money from Bill Cosby to prevent her from telling a tabloid she's his daughter. He acknowledged he had an affair with her mother and had given her money. "Was it a big deal when this came up in the 1970s that your husband had — big deal to you that your husband had an extramarital affair and potentially had a daughter from that extramarital affair?" Cammarata asked. "It was a big deal then, yes," Camille Cosby replied. She said she had "no opinion" on whether her husband's admission he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex violated their marriage vows. Her lawyer objected and instructed her not to answer when Cammarata asked her if she ever suspected she had been given any type of drug to alter her state of consciousness when she had sex with her husband. A spokesman for the Cosbys declined to comment on her deposition. The Cosbys have a home in Shelburne Falls, an hour's drive from Springfield, where the lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages, was filed. An attorney handling a separate lawsuit against Bill Cosby revealed Friday that Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner provided sworn testimony Wednesday. In the sexual battery lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, Judy Huth says Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him at the Playboy Mansion around 1974, when she was 15. Bill Cosby's former lawyers have accused Huth of attempting to extort him before filing the case and have tried unsuccessfully to have it dismissed. Huth's attorney, Gloria Allred, said Hefner's testimony will remain under seal for now. Hefner also was named as a defendant in a case filed Monday by former model Chloe Goins, who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.   The Associated Press generally doesn't identify people who say they're victims of sexual abuse, but the women accusing Cosby have come forward to tell their stories.___AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this report from Los Angeles.
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The golden morning sun was still low on the horizon as protestors gathered in front of the Portland Police Training facility on Airport Way. Cars quickly sped by, while commercial freight trucks honked their horns in support. 

The protestors held signs calling for accountability of police where people have died in their custody.  Keaton Otis, James Chasse, Kendra James and Aaron Campbell names were written on their banners.

The group gathered on April 1 to protest what they thought was a bad joke: the use of public police resources to hold an exclusive $ 1,000-per-person fundraiser called Meet the Heat.

“One of my big problems with this event is that it is for an elite class of people with the goal of schmoozing them, so that they become advocates for more policing,” said Jo Ann Hardesty, president of the Portland NAACP and the organizer of the protest.

The demonstrators were a small mixed gathering of police accountability activists, peace advocates and retirees. Present were community media outlets including The Skanner News, KBOO and Street Roots. As the Meet the Heat event began, the parking lot filled with silver and slate colored late model BMWs, Mercedes Benzes and Corvettes.

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Meet the Heat was advertised as an exclusive VIP invitation-only event to demonstrate emergency vehicle maneuvers, weapons such as firearms and tasers and defensive tactics. Fliers advertised the event as a “unique, hands-on experience.”

Meet the Heat was presented by the Portland Police Foundation and the Citizens Crime Commission, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Portland Business Alliance.

Kathryn Kendall from the Buddhist Peace Fellowship protested the event because she believed the event glorified violence and discounted the real life effects of policing.

“People paid $1,000 to come and play with violent toys as if police were a movie, as if it was an action show and it’s not. It’s real lives. People are dying,” Kendall said.

Kendall would rather see a fundraiser for restorative justice or more efforts to reach out to people with mental illness and those who are homeless.

Former Black Panther and social justice activist, Wiley G. Barnett, said the Meet the Heat event runs counter to the recommendations of the Department of Justice settlement. The 2014 settlement detailed a pattern of excessive force against people with mental illness.

“The result was the agreement between the department of justice and the city of Portland was that the police would learn to train and carry out disengagement practices, de-escalation practices, mediation practices,” he said.

Barnett said the fundraiser merges corporate money with police enforcement which will ultimately oppress the poor. At the demonstration, he carried a sign that read “Corporate Power + Police Power = Fascism.”

Former Portland Police Chief Mike Reese, who is now the Interim Executive Director of the Citizens Crime Commission, spoke with The Skanner News about Meet the Heat. He said the event was created to bring about more community involvement by raising money for the Portland Police Bureau Community Academy.

Reese said the event is nearly identical to academies where community members meet with police and learn about police tools and training. There hasn’t been an academy for the last two years due to budget and staffing shortages.

Reese describes these meetings as “transformative events” where leaders, ministers and members of the media leave with a better understanding of policing and police officers.

“They all have spoken very highly about how it really was an opportunity to meet and talk to police officers about their training, about the challenges they face,” Reese said.

An hour into the rally, the group moved to the front of the training facility where Hardesty read a press statement denouncing the event. She said Meet the Heat glorified police violence and worked against the police culture reforms proposed in the DOJ settlement.

She railed against a private, exclusive event that takes place on public property during public business hours using public employees. She said it used tax dollars, but doesn’t benefit the community as a whole, only a select, rich, few.

Hardesty then brought the protest to the lobby of the training center to ask for access, but the group was barred from entering the facility. Assistant Chief Kevin Modica came into the lobby to meet with Hardesty and the protestors.

After a brief conversation, Hardesty restated her objection to the event and then asked the protesters peacefully disperse. As the group was leaving, Modica affirmed the right to protest.  

“I appreciate all of you,” Modica said. “You know, one of the best things about America is that you can express yourself in ways that are appropriate and not be suppressed.”

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