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Federal Officers Use Tear Gas on Portland Protesters

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty calls officers' behavior "reckless and aggressive" after 26-year-old man struck on head and injured by an impact munition

Oregon Appeals Court Affirms Portland Renter Relocation Law

The Court affirmed a Portland ordinance requiring landlords to pay tenants’ relocation fees if their rent is increased by at least 10% or if they’re evicted without cause.

Seattle Urged to See a 'World Without Law Enforcement'

Proposals include removal of 911 dispatch from Seattle Police control, budget cuts of 50%

Oregon DOJ to Hold Listening Sessions on Institutional Racism; Leaders Wary

DOJ will hold 11 virtual listening sessions for underserved Oregonians.

NEWS BRIEFS

OSU Science Pub Focuses on Influence of Black Lives Matter

The influence of the Black Lives Matter movement will be the focus of a virtual Oregon State University Science Pub on July 13 ...

Capital Rx Establishes Scholarship at Howard University to Support Next Generation of Pharmacists

“Each of us has a role to play in paving a more equitable path for the future of the industry,” said AJ Loiacono, Founder and CEO...

Adams Joins Lawmakers in Move to Repeal Trump’s Birth Control Rule

Without action, SCOTUS decision clears way for Trump Admin rule to take effect ...

Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center Announce Artist Fund

The fund will help support artists during COVID crisis and beyond ...

The OHS Museum Reopens Saturday, July 11

The Oregon Historical Society museum will reopen with new hours and new safety protocols ...

Oregon reports 332 new coronavirus cases, 2 deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases in Oregon rose on Sunday to 332, the Oregon Health Authority said.Meanwhile, two more people with COVID-19 died, bringing the state's death toll to 234, the agency said. The latest deaths were an 86-year-old woman in Malheur County...

Tear gas used on Portland protesters, 1 man injured

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal law enforcement officers used tear gas and crowd-control munitions on people protesting near Portland's federal courthouse during a protest that started Saturday night, Portland police said.Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that friends and family of a...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...

Missouri football program pushes again for racial justice

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Walters had just arrived at the University of Missouri to coach safeties for the football program when a series of protests related to racial injustice led to the resignations of the system president and the chancellor of its flagship campus.The student-led movement...

OPINION

Recent Protests Show Need For More Government Collective Bargaining Transparency

Since taxpayers are ultimately responsible for funding government union contract agreements, they should be allowed to monitor the negotiation process ...

The Language of Vote Suppression

A specific kind of narrative framing is used to justify voter suppression methods and to cover up the racism that motivates their use. ...

Letter to the Community From Eckhart Tolle Foundation

The Eckhart Tolle Foundation is donating more than 250,000 dollars to organizations that are fighting racism ...

Editorial From the Publisher: Vote as Your Life Depends on It

The Republican-controlled Senate won’t pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, no matter how hard Oregon’s senators and others work to push for change. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Washington's NFL team drops 'Redskins' name after 87 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday it is dropping the “Redskins” name and Indian head logo, bowing to recent pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans.A new name must still be selected for one of the...

South Carolina man charged with pointing gun at protesters

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Police in South Carolina have arrested a man accused of pointing a gun at some “Black Lives Matter” demonstrators as he drove past the State House. Authorities said Walter Peter Matulis Jr. was charged Saturday with pointing and presenting a firearm at a...

Conservative Polish president wins 2nd term after tight race

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda, a conservative who ran a campaign with homophobic and anti-Semitic overtones, narrowly won a second five-year term in a bitterly fought runoff election, defeating the liberal Warsaw mayor, according to a near-complete count of votes...

ENTERTAINMENT

How The Chicks dropped the word 'Dixie' from their name

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When The Chicks decided to drop the word “Dixie” from the band's name, it was the culmination of years of internal discussions and attempts to distance itself from negative connotations with the word. The 13-time Grammy-winning trio made the switch last...

With new name and album, The Chicks' voices ring loud again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Dixie Chicks are no more. Breaking their ties to the South, The Chicks are stepping into a new chapter in their storied career with their first new music in 14 years. The Texas trio of Emily Strayer, Martie Maguire and Natalie Maines have been teasing new music...

Jada and Will Smith reveal marriage trouble on Facebook show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With their marriage under social-media scrutiny, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith reaffirmed their commitment to each other as Pinkett Smith admitted to having a relationship with musician August Alsina when she and Smith were separated.In a one-on-one conversation Friday...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Kelly Preston, actor and wife of John Travolta, dies at 57

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kelly Preston, who played dramatic and comic foil to actors ranging from Tom Cruise in...

Families of Italy's virus dead seek answers, solace, justice

ROME (AP) — It started out as way for grief-struck families to mourn their coronavirus dead online: a...

China sanctions Cruz, Rubio, Smith, Brownback for criticism

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it will impose sanctions on three U.S. lawmakers and one ambassador in...

In libel case, Depp says Heard hit him with 'haymaker' punch

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp accused Amber Heard of hitting him with a “haymaker” punch during...

Kosovo president visits prosecutors who indicted him

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Kosovo’s president visited prosecutors at The Hague on Monday who have...

China sanctions Cruz, Rubio, Smith, Brownback for criticism

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it will impose sanctions on three U.S. lawmakers and one ambassador in...

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This just in from the Oregon US Attorney's Office:

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE AND CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION ANNOUNCE TOWN HALL MEETING REGARDING PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU INVESTIGATION

PORTLAND, Ore.– The United States Department of Justice seeks community input concerning the investigation of the Portland Police Bureau's (PPB) use of force policies and practices. The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon, in conjunction with the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division, will conduct a town hall meeting with members of the public on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. John's Community Center located at 8427 N. Central Street in Portland.

On June 8, 2011, the Justice Department opened a civil investigation pursuant to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 United States Code, Section 14141, in order to determine whether PPB has engaged in a pattern or practice of use of force which amounts to a violation of civil rights. During the first week of August 2011, the Justice Department conducted numerous individual interviews with members of the public in three locations throughout Portland. The Justice Department is returning to Portland as part of the investigation and invites any individual who has specific and recent information they would like to share about their personal interaction with PPB officers to participate in this town hall meeting.

Throughout the course of the investigation, the Justice Department will seek to determine whether there are systemic violations of the Constitution or federal law by officers of the PPB.

The Justice Department will consider all relevant information, particularly the efforts that Portland has undertaken to ensure compliance with federal law. The Justice Department has taken similar steps involving a variety of state and local law enforcement agencies, both large and small, in jurisdictions such as New York, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Louisiana, and California.

The Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section and the

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon are jointly investigating this matter. If you have any comments or concerns, but are unable to attend the town hall meeting, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or 1-877-218-5228. You may also feel free to contact the U.S. Attorney's local Civil Rights Hotline at either 503-471-5577 or by email at [email protected]

 

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