We Are the Community. YOU DO NOT EXIST

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July 6, 2016

To: Mayor Charlie Hales, Chief Mike Marshman, the media and the public

The Need for An African- American Presence On The Assistant Chief Level Or The Command Staff Level

The recent developments with the investigation and retirement of Chief Larry O’Dea, the demotion of the assistant Chiefs, and particularly Kevin Modica, plus the appointment of a new chief of Police Mike Marshman can either turn us backwards or propel us forward in transforming the Portland Police Bureau into a 21st Century Community Policing era.

More than twelve years of constant struggle by the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform has propelled us to the intervention of the United States Department of Justice and the “Settlement Agreement” accepted by Judge Michael Simon.

The implementation of the Federal Settlement Agreement has been far from perfect. Obstacles, hindrances, detours, resistance, as well as success in a few key vital areas has made a bumpy ride the first two years of implementation of the Settlement Agreement.

The future of the success or failure of the Settlement Agreement in transforming Portland Police Bureau and creating 21st Century Community Policing is critically dependent on the kind of leadership we have from the Chief of Police to the assistant Chiefs, to the command staff, as well as supervisors.

To: Mayor Charlie Hales <mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov>,
Chief Michael Marshman <Michael.Marshman@portlandoregon.gov>
Cc: News Media
Subject: The Need for An African- American Presence On The Assistant Chief Level
Or The Command Staff Level

to which Your Intrepid Reporter, many times arrested over the course of the last eighteen months, sent the Reply,

I know just the guy.

His name is Halliburton, and he is a straighforward and conscientious peace officer.

Best wishes to my longtime political allies,

Signed,

Michael Meo

Secretary, Cascadia Chapter of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon

Dear Intrepid Reader, do you imagine that Your Intrepid Reporter got as much as  a Thank You from the whati si it Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Peace and Police Reform of something to that effect.  Ya know, at least an acknowledgement that, you know, me sent them an email.

No such thing.  My email was not allowed distribution.

I am not Part of The Community.

As usual al.  Sigh.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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