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Hank Willis Thomas Exhibit Opens at Portland Art Museum

One of the most important conceptual artists of our time, his works examine the representation of race and the politics of visual culture

Grocery Workers Union Ratifies Contract with Stores

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union has agreed a three-year contract for stores in Oregon and Southwest Washington

PCC Weighing Community Input on Workforce Training Center, Affordable Housing in Cully

Portland Community College is compiling the results of door-to-door and online surveys

Lawsuit Filed Against Hilton Hotels in “Calling His Mother While Black” Discrimination Case

Jermaine Massey was ousted from the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland where he was a guest and forced to find lodging at around midnight

NEWS BRIEFS

Protesters Rally in Ashland to Demand 'Impeach Trump Now'

Activists are rallying in Ashland Sunday Oct, 13 to demand impeachment proceedings ...

Black Women Help Kick off Sustainable Building Week

The event will be held at Portland’s first and only “green building” owned and operated by African-American women ...

Voter Registration Deadline for the November Special Election is Oct. 15 

The Special Election in Multnomah County will be held on Nov. 5, 2019 ...

Franklin High School’s Mercedes Muñoz Named Oregon Teacher of the Year

In a letter of recommendation, Muñoz was referred to as “a force of nurture.” ...

Founder of Black Panther Challenge Creates Brand To Support Mental Health

The launch comes during Mental Health Awareness Week. The creators say they want people around the world to know that they aren’t...

Oregon man sentenced to 25 years for child sexual abuse

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexual abuse of a girl over the course of three years.The Salem Statesman Journal reports 35-year-old Terry David Powell was convicted of six counts of first-degree sexual abuse.Powell pleaded not guilty and opted...

Authorities identify 63-year-old man in hunting accident

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Oregon county authorities have identified the man killed in a suspected accidental shooting while hunting near Washington state lines.The Longview Daily News reports that Columbia County Sheriff's Office identified 63-year-old Martin Fox of Portland.County deputies,...

Bryant bounces back to lead Missouri over Mississippi

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Last week, when he heard a pop in his left knee after being hit low, Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant briefly saw his college football career pass before his eyes. The injury wasn't as bad as it looked, and Bryant played like his old self in a 38-27 victory over...

Missouri out to stop Ole Miss ground game in SEC matchup

Ole Miss coach Matt Luke has watched every game Missouri has played this season, and he was no doubt excited by the way Wyoming ran wild against the Tigers in their season opener.It should have portended good things for the Rebels' own vaunted rushing attack.But the more Luke looked at the video,...

OPINION

“Hell No!” That Is My Message to Those Who Would Divide Us 

Upon release from the South African jail, Nelson Mandela told UAW Local 600 members “It is you who have made the United States of America a superpower, a leader of the world" ...

Rep. Janelle Bynum Issues Response to the Latest Statement from Clackamas Town Center

State legislator questions official response after daughter questioned for ‘loitering’ in parking lot ...

Why Would HUD Gut Its Own Disparate Impact Rule?

"You can’t expand housing rights by limiting civil protections. The ’D’ in HUD doesn’t stand for ‘Discrimination’" ...

Despite U.S. Open Loss, Serena Williams Is Still the Greatest of All Time

Serena Williams lost her bid for what would have been her sixth U.S. Open Singles title ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Gov. Cuomo criticized for using racial slur during interview

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is being criticized for using a racial slur for African Americans while discussing historical discrimination toward dark-skinned Italian immigrants.Cuomo used the slur Tuesday in an interview on WAMC radio while speaking about Columbus Day and a...

Chief: Officer's Proud Boys membership didn't break policy

A Connecticut police officer's membership in the Proud Boys, a far-right group known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies, didn't violate department policies, the town's police chief has concluded in response to a civil rights group's concerns.The East Hampton officer, Kevin P....

President of Bulgarian soccer resigns after fan racism, loss

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Criticized around Europe for the racist behavior of Bulgarian fans and under pressure from the country's prime minister following a run of poor results, the president of the country's soccer federation resigned on Tuesday.A few hours later, Bulgarian special police...

ENTERTAINMENT

Only 3 returning big network shows see rise in live viewers

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC's sophomore drama "A Million Little Things," reality show "Shark Tank" and the Fox first-responders drama "9-1-1" have something in common that they can take pride in.Over the first three weeks of the television season, they are the only three of 49 prime-time shows...

AP Exclusive: Julie Andrews reflects on her Hollywood years

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everyone is on their best behavior when Julie Andrews is around.It's early June in Los Angeles and Andrews is coming to film segments for a night of guest programming on Turner Classic Movies and speak about her new book, "Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years," which...

Gina Rodriguez apologizes for singing N-word lyric

NEW YORK (AP) — Gina Rodriguez has apologized for singing along on her Instagram story to a Fugees verse that includes the N-word.The "Jane the Virgin" actress deleted the short video she posted Tuesday and replaced it with her apology, but not before memes and other backlash ensued....

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

HONG KONG (AP) — When the ball smashed into a photo of LeBron James' face stuck above the hoop and dropped...

12 Democrats meet for first debate since impeachment inquiry

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Joe Biden is facing baseless but persistent allegations of wrongdoing overseas...

EU: Brexit deal in sight but UK must still do more

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union officials were hoping Tuesday that — after more than three years of...

The Latest: Erdogan rejects call for ceasefire in Syria

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in northern Syria (all times local):12:50...

Trump's sanctions won't bite a vulnerable Turkish economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The sanctions the U.S. announced against Turkey this week over its offensive in...

7-story building collapses in Brazil; 1 dead, others trapped

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A seven-story building collapsed Tuesday in an upscale part of the Brazilian city of...

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By The Skanner News

Despite protestations by friends of a man killed by Portland Police Officer Leo Besner, Chief Mike Reese promoted the officer today to sergeant. The Skanner News' Lisa Loving wrote an investigative story into a lawsuit by local businessman and attorney Sean Hartfield, who accuses Besner of improperly detaining him and treating him like a criminal despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Read that story here

Here is a release from former city council candidate Jesse Cornett on the promotion of Besner:

"As a close friend of the Raymond Gwerder and representative of his family, I would like to applaud Mayor Sam Adams for meeting with us and pushing to enact annual performance reviews and ensure that lawsuits relating to brutality are considered as a component of promotions and express our disappointment in the promotion of now Sergeant Leo Besner.

In promoting  Besner today, Police Chief Mike Reese erred in his decision to dismiss the critics of that decision as being ubiquitous and never satisfied.  We are both limited in number and had a narrow focus.

The Police Bureau's decision to offer the release anew of the files related to Besner's shooting death of Gwerder indicates that as a result of our advocacy we are indeed being treated as foes by the PPB.  This issue has never solely been about Ray's death and the PPB is keeping the focus there so the media doesn't ask too many questions about the other incidents of violence that Leo Besner has been involved with.  Those cases include:


  • Bill Ellis an antiwar protestor who was targeted and punished with a beat down by Besner for his perceived leadership role in a protest.
  • 15 year old Maria-Janeth Rodriguez-Sanchez who was roughed up by Besner while she waiting at a bus stop
  • Charles Lincoln who was tasered by Besner while attempting to restrain a woman who had a knife
  • Harold Hammick, Ri'Chard Booth and Alex Clay whe were terrorized by Besner for nearly an hour in a parking garage in Portland before being released without being charged with a crime.

Along with the Gwerder files, PPB should release the files on all of the above cases to the Portland media

Until today, we maintained faith in Police Chief Mike Reese's leadership.  The faith was not lost because of his decision to promote Leo Besner, but because of the decision to actively dismiss the concerns of the citizenry PPB is sworn to protect and instead treat us as the opposition.  Reese's quoting of President Theodore Roosevelt highlights an over simplicity and arrogance on his part.  Just because all Portlanders don't carry a badge, doesn't mean we aren't in the arena.  Quite the contrary.  Further, the Chief doesn't seem to understand the importance of citizen input in our city.  We hereby ask Mayor Adams to admonish Chief Reese for his combativeness and choosing to make a bad situation worse."


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