The appellant had red hair and was female. She showed up for the hearing, asking that the so-called Citizens Review Committee over-rule the so-called Independent Police Review board, on a cold day in January.
The Powers That Be (Your Intrepid reporter is perfectly willing to specify, by names, who is intended under this rubric; but let him stay out of jail a tad longer, why dont you) produced the legal equivalent of a deoxyribonucleic acid that was not acidic. That is, now having run out of options the System had to admit that this particular appellant was treated like an underthing, whose existence merely may be noted, but nothing else: the formation of the question resulting from the appellant’s complaint, through the three layers of what the United States Justice Department calls a “Byzantine, self-defeating” system, made no mention of anyone other than the ones arrested on the night of 24 November 2014. But the appellant — the woman who filed the complaint and appealed the decision that the Portland Police were within compliance, came in person before a board of fifteen strangers and asked the Citizens Review Committee to overturn that decision — was not arrested.
After three hours by my count (began 5:34 and lasted until 8:35) of discussion which made it quite evident how the course of this particular complaint was a veritable Poster Child for the lack of functioning of a complaint system: the appellant, who was not arrested, was advised that her complaint belonged in a group of complaints that were concerned with the ten people who were arrested, and ignored all of the Constitutional issues the arbitrary arrests raised about the lack of a freedom of assembly and the chance to present grievances in public. And then the System turned around and maintained that the appellant had no case since she had not been arrested.
In our Bizarro World imitation of a rational society, hers was the only complaint, out of 40 filed, that had lasted this far.
That is, the only complaint of the Police State treatment the demonstrators received that night, which the System would allow, was the complaint which the System had ignored from the beginning.
Any body with a basic sense of fair play could see there was an injustice here. The Citizens Review Committee, to my personal surprise, voted [5 yes, 3 no] to admonish the System and award the appellant the judgement that her appeal was “Sustained”. That is, that no reasonable person could conclude she had had her complaint aired.