ACLU sues Portland Police

Of course they did.  See, the Portland Police have been sharing video of riots on social media.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Portland Police Bureau, challenging its livestreaming of protests.

The ACLU contends the bureau’s practice of filming and broadcasting protesters violates state law that prohibits police from collecting or maintaining information about the political, religious or social views, associations or activities of people who are not suspected of criminal activity.

The police livestream zooms in on individual faces, making protesters vulnerable to face surveillance technology, the civil rights agency contends.

The livestream has been one of dozens of livestreams of nightly demonstrations in Portland. The Police Bureau put a link to its livestream on its Twitter feed three times this month.

“Unlawful police surveillance threatens our First Amendment rights,” said Jann Carson, interim executive director of the ACLU of Oregon. “The Portland Police Bureau has no constitutional reason to train its video cameras on demonstrators — or to broadcast those images publicly on the internet, where federal agents and others can analyze them.”

City Attorney Tracy Reeve said she couldn’t comment on the pending litigation.

That was excerpted from this report at The Oregonian:

https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2020/07/aclu-sues-portland-police-challenging-bureaus-live-streaming-of-protests.html

Over at RedState.com, they quoted the statute cited in the lawsuit:

ORS 181a.250:

No law enforcement agency, as defined in ORS 181A.010 (Definitions for ORS 181A.010 to 181A.350), may collect or maintain information about the political, religious or social views, associations or activities of any individual, group, association, organization, corporation, business or partnership unless such information directly relates to an investigation of criminal activities, and there are reasonable grounds to suspect the subject of the information is or may be involved in criminal conduct.

https://www.redstate.com/alexparker/2020/07/30/aclu-oregon-police-lawsuit-stop-livestream-invasion-of-privacy/

If the video is of a riot in progress in which fires are being set, windows broken and police officers assaulted, then it seems to me to meet the explicit terms of the statute.  The video is part of multiple investigations into arson, vandalism, assault and other crimes.

As for the “peaceful protesters,” there is a clear schedule for riot season in Portland.  Families with kids go home at 9:00 pm.  Moms and Veterans leave shortly after 10:00 pm.  Antifa thugs arrive at 11:00 pm and things get rough just before midnight.

This allows Talking Snake Media to refer to “peaceful protests” without bothering to report at all on the events that take place after the peaceful part has left the scene.  They muddle the early part with the late part in a deceitful portrayal that supports their narrative and not the actual events.

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17 thoughts on “ACLU sues Portland Police”

  1. The ACLU is an evil organization. I doubt it has ever, ever, stood for anything decent.

    Just like Unions. People tell me they were once good, but all I know is how bad they are.

    The actions of an organization today, can undo any good it has ever done.

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  2. Bryan G. Stephens:
    The ACLU is an evil organization. I doubt it has ever, ever, stood for anything decent.

    Just like Unions. People tell me they were once good, but all I know is how bad they are.

    The actions of an organization today, can undo any good it has ever done.

    I can recall that not so many decades ago they would defend Bill of Rights individual liberties for clients on both the political Left and the political Right.  In particular, they used to defend the Free Exercise of Religion.

    Now they are simply a Leftist organization and seem unconcerned when individual liberties get trampled if the victim is conservative or a traditionalist Christian.  They are just another institution that got marched through by the Left.

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  3. ACLU won a restraining order.

    A Multnomah County judge on Thursday granted a temporary restraining order that bars the city of Portland – not limited to Portland police – from collecting or maintaining video or audio footage of protesters in public spaces, except if it relates to a criminal investigation.  …

    Federal officers who have been stationed in an incident command center in the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse have been monitoring livestream footage shared on social media of the demonstrations. Portland police and federal officers have made arrests after reviewing video footage to identify people accused of committing violence or property damage.

    The ACLU of Oregon’s lawsuit also was filed on behalf of an unidentified protester who was caught on the police streaming footage while demonstrating outside the police union office in North Portland on July 13, according to the suit.

    https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2020/07/judge-bars-police-from-collecting-audio-video-footage-of-protesters-except-in-relation-to-criminal-inquiries.html

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  4. Oregon is alarmed at the potential environmental damage due to tear gas.

    Oregon environmental regulators are requiring the city of Portland to test stormwater around the federal courthouse and parts of downtown, citing the “unprecedented amount of tear gas” used by local and federal law enforcement agencies since May.  …

    Diane Dulken, a spokesperson for the sewer and stormwater agency, said Portland is working to “prevent the pollutants from getting into the Willamette River.” She said the agency “regularly” tests for contaminants at locations along the river but will now test specifically near the courthouse, two public parks and Justice Center due to the extensive tear gas used there.

    But Portland also raised an alarm bell: It doesn’t know much about tear gas or its residue, and it said those materials are likely already in the sewer system. Dulken noted that tear gas residue is in the trees, on the ground and likely throughout the area near the courthouse and justice center, which has been the centerpiece of nightly protests for months.  …

    In Salem, lawmakers discussed a bill that would prevent law enforcement agencies across the state from using “chemical incapacitants” like tear gas.  …

    And U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer and state Rep. Karin Power, the Milwaukie legislator who chairs the state’s House Energy and Environment Committee, on Thursday sent a letter to state and federal environmental leaders asking a series of health and policy questions related to gases police use for crowd control.

    “While we work to stop the use of these gases altogether,” they wrote in a letter to the heads of the state DEQ and federal Environmental Protection Agency, “we are also seeking greater transparency about what chemicals have been deployed to date against protesters in Portland, and potential impacts on human health, wildlife, aquatic life, and local air and water quality.”  …

    The state is asking Portland to collect and analyze stormwater for chromium, hexavalent chromium, lead, zinc, copper, barium and perchlorate. Most of those substances are toxic to humans at even at extremely low levels.  …

    Dulken, the city spokeswoman, said the agency received information that federal officers were hosing down the streets outside the federal courthouse, spraying the residue into storm drains. “That is not allowed,” she said, “but it was done.”

    https://www.oregonlive.com/environment/2020/07/unprecedented-use-of-tear-gas-against-portland-protesters-prompts-state-regulators-to-call-for-environmental-testing.html

     

     

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  5. MJBubba:

    Bryan G. Stephens:
    The ACLU is an evil organization. I doubt it has ever, ever, stood for anything decent.

    Just like Unions. People tell me they were once good, but all I know is how bad they are.

    The actions of an organization today, can undo any good it has ever done.

    I can recall that not so many decades ago they would defend Bill of Rights individual liberties for clients on both the political Left and the political Right.  In particular, they used to defend the Free Exercise of Religion.

    I don’t believe it. My whole life they have been a leftist organization. My whole 50 years of life. They are evil, they have always been evil and always will be. I will never believe they are worthwhile or have ever been worthwhile.

    Now they are simply a Leftist organization and seem unconcerned when individual liberties get trampled if the victim is conservative or a traditionalist Christian.  They are just another institution that got marched through by the Left.

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  6. MJBubba:
    ACLU won a restraining order.

    A Multnomah County judge on Thursday granted a temporary restraining order that bars the city of Portland – not limited to Portland police – from collecting or maintaining video or audio footage of protesters in public spaces, except if it relates to a criminal investigation.  …

    Federal officers who have been stationed in an incident command center in the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse have been monitoring livestream footage shared on social media of the demonstrations. Portland police and federal officers have made arrests after reviewing video footage to identify people accused of committing violence or property damage.

    The ACLU of Oregon’s lawsuit also was filed on behalf of an unidentified protester who was caught on the police streaming footage while demonstrating outside the police union office in North Portland on July 13, according to the suit.

    https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2020/07/judge-bars-police-from-collecting-audio-video-footage-of-protesters-except-in-relation-to-criminal-inquiries.html

    See!

    The world would be better had they never existed. There is nothing to look back too. The ACLU does not believe in anything but power, terror, and suppression of others. That is ALL they have ever stood for.

    Any member at any time of the ACLU should be held in contempt. They do the work of satan and always have.

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  7. Related to the ACLU….

    (copy of text message I sent VIA facebook to the firm making the calls on behalf of the ACLU… )

    Hello, I will try to be polite in this message. I am tired of getting multiple phone calls at my home from your company. You are calling on behalf of “ACLU”. I have never supported that organization and will never support them. Tonight there were three within seconds of each other. Blocked. Sometimes I am on the phone with distant relatives and I am disturbed by your computer calls as I have to switch over, blocking does not work when I am currently using the phone, I waste time and no messages nor anyone on the line. Well I’ll tell you what, I am asking politely to remove my number from any and all of your calling machines, lists and programs and to never call my number in the future. You have one week to do so. If I keep getting calls from the number “ACLU” on the caller ID, after that time, August, Third, 2020, I will take legal action in a form of a lawsuit in court which amounts to $500 for every call. (that’s a verifiable three calls just tonight = $1500.) You have been asked politely and I have a time log of this message to you for my record and possible legal action. I hope it does not come to this, but I feel I am being harassed by you and these phone calls. My number is (570) xxx-xxxx Thank you for your time in reading this.I look forward to your cooperation.

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  8. This ruling doesn’t seem legally sound to me.  I don’t think theTRO will survive.
    It’s always been my understanding that you have no right not to be surveilled  when you are out in public.  Walking down the street,  you have no reasonable expectation of privacy.

    I wonder how many cases there have been under this Oregon statute.  Seems to me if the order of this county judge  were upheld, It would mean all cities in Oregon have to dismantle their street cameras, or alternatively, that anybody except  law enforcement can view the footage.I think if the case gets to appellate review the statute may be struck.
    But I guess that depends on Oregon law; as @ctlaw pointed out, the feds could unquestionably film such activities under US law and Constitution.

    I’m kinda ambivalent about this issue: I hate the idea that we’re all on camera every time we walk down a city street.  It does seem like a gratuitous intrusion on privacy: yes, you know you’re out in public, but that in itself confers  a certain expectation  of anonymity; you’re just a face in the crowd, and you don’t expect that yours will be singled out, enlarged, and filed away for future use by your government.

    Is it worth it?  Think of that kid who sucker-punched that old lady In the head a month or so ago, apparently just on a momentary whim!  Ten seconds before he passed her, he was not  a criminal, just a pedestrian.  His arm shot out in an unpremeditated , and impressively accurate,  assault; then he jauntily bopped on down the street, disappearing into the sidewalk traffic while she lay bleeding.
    As I recall, it didn’t take long to find the footage of those few seconds, nor to identify the perp. (I wonder what if anything happened to him?  Maybe he got off because George Floyd.)
    Is it the “collect and maintain” aspect the court was focusing on?  What are these ubiquitous street cameras for, anyway?  If the footage weren’t “maintained”, then it would only be seen by someone watching it live, in real time .  It would be of no more use than eyewitness accounts, notoriously ephemeral and unreliable. And the sucker-punching perp coulda been anybody….

     

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  9. Portland games.

    https://hannity.com/media-room/this-is-real-portland-officials-says-feds-owe-them-190k-in-fines-for-installing-fence-without-permits/

    The City of Portland, Oregon is penalizing the federal government $500 every 15 minutes for erecting fencing to protect a courthouse without the proper permits; totaling $192,000 since riots began there more than nine weeks ago.

    “City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said in a statement Tuesday that the fencing is obstructing the street outside of the courthouse. As of Monday, she said, the federal government owed Portland $192,000,” reports Fox News.

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  10. MJBubba:
    Portland games.

    https://hannity.com/media-room/this-is-real-portland-officials-says-feds-owe-them-190k-in-fines-for-installing-fence-without-permits/

    The City of Portland, Oregon is penalizing the federal government $500 every 15 minutes for erecting fencing to protect a courthouse without the proper permits; totaling $192,000 since riots began there more than nine weeks ago.

    “City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said in a statement Tuesday that the fencing is obstructing the street outside of the courthouse. As of Monday, she said, the federal government owed Portland $192,000,” reports Fox News.

    I saw that! It really made me laugh.  Zoning law to the rescue!

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  11. Hypatia:

    MJBubba:
    Portland games.

    https://hannity.com/media-room/this-is-real-portland-officials-says-feds-owe-them-190k-in-fines-for-installing-fence-without-permits/

    The City of Portland, Oregon is penalizing the federal government $500 every 15 minutes for erecting fencing to protect a courthouse without the proper permits; totaling $192,000 since riots began there more than nine weeks ago.

    “City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said in a statement Tuesday that the fencing is obstructing the street outside of the courthouse. As of Monday, she said, the federal government owed Portland $192,000,” reports Fox News.

    I saw that! It really made me laugh.  Zoning law to the rescue!

    I expect that these fines will be upheld by Leftist judges.  I hope I am wrong.

    But if the Department of Justice does end up paying fines, then for every dollar paid, plus more for legal costs, I expect to see a ten thousand dollar cut in federal block grants to Portland.

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  12. MJBubba:
    But if the Department of Justice does end up paying fines, then for every dollar paid, plus more for legal costs, I expect to see a ten thousand dollar cut in federal block grants to Portland.

    How ‘bout we just execute the mayor and a thousand of his Antifa comrades for treason?

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  13. MJBubba:  “… I expect to see a ten thousand dollar cut in federal block grants to Portland.”

    Great idea!  Why not go one better?  With the chaos and lack of public safety in Portland, it is clear that no-one is really in charge just now.  That means any federal money which goes to Portland could be lost to graft & corruption, or even to domestic terrorists.  Appropriate Federal action is therefore to stop ALL Federal payments to the City of Portland until the State of Oregon holds fresh elections in the City and certifies that Portland is under the control of accountable individuals who have the support of a majority of the population.  Freeze all city bank accounts at the same time.  If that results in the water & electricity being cut off — well, just need to get those emergency elections done quickly!

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