11-19-2017  2:25 am      •     
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SEI, Sunshine Division Offer Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need

Turkeys are being provided to fill 200 Thanksgiving food boxes for SEI families ...

NAACP Portland Monthly Meeting Nov. 18

Monthly general membership meeting takes place on Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m. ...

Multnomah County Animal Services Waives Adoption Fees Nov. 17

Special runs from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday ...

Fitzpatrick Presents 'Pathway 1000' Plan Before City Council

Plan would restore involuntary displacement by building 80 homes per year ...

Sisters Network to Hold Monthly Meeting Nov. 11

Meeting to take place Saturday morning at June Key Delta Center ...

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Local Author Visits North Portland Library

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Is the FBI’s New Focus on “Black Identity Extremists” the New COINTELPRO?

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ACA Enrollment Surging, Even Though It Ends Dec. 15

NNPA contributing writer Cash Michaels writes about enrollment efforts ...

Blacks Often Pay Higher Fees for Car Purchases than Whites

Charlene Crowell explains why Black consumers often pay higher fees than White consumers, because of “add-on” products. ...

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ENTERTAINMENT

Scales of Justice
By Bernie Foster | The Skanner News

We place a great deal of trust in our police officers by allowing them to use deadly force in life or death situations. It is only right that we should hold them accountable for their actions.

If you or I were to shoot somebody, in self-defense or for any other reason, you’d better believe we would be arrested, handcuffed and taken to a police interview room to answer questions.

Yet when Portland Police officers shoot someone while on duty, or if a person dies in custody – as James Chasse did— they are allowed to disappear for 48 hours before they have to answer a single question.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is in Portland Thursday. The Skanner News will be part of a media pool that will accompany her for part of her visit.

When the top law enforcement office is in town, we can assume the 48-hour rule for police accountability will be on the agenda – or should be.

The 48-hour rule is not police accountability. It is not justice. It is criminal.

We place a great deal of trust in our police officers by allowing them to use deadly force in life or death situations. It is only right that they should be accountable for their actions.

The Department of Justice settlement with the City of Portland was designed to remedy the Portland Police Bureau’s history of violating the civil rights of citizens. It clearly states that the city should remove the 48-hour exception.

By failing to get rid of the 48-hour exception, Portland is out of compliance with the 2012 civil rights settlement agreement. That’s according to the attorneys at the US Department of Justice. In fact, they say, the 48-hour rule violates settled case law.

Earlier this month U.S. Department of Justice lawyers met with Multnomah County prosecutors in an effort to get them on board. The prosecutors shouldn’t need a pep talk from the feds to help them understand why the 48-hour rule is wrong. Don’t they have a conscience to help them stand up for equal justice under the law?

The Police Officers union, to its shame, has fought every effort to hold police accountable for their actions. That’s not an excuse for the City to drag its heels.

Mayor Hales, if there is one more thing you must do before you leave office it is this. Tell Portland Police Bureau the 48-rule must go. And make sure it happens. 

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