Portland’s past 50 years reflect a police force with a history of harassment and violence against African-Americans, surveillance of activists and organizers, and excessive force in response to public demonstrations. The white supremacy that set the stage for that oppression extends back even farther, to the founding documents of Oregon’s statehood. It seems important to share this context, in light of the City’s recent announcement that it plans to investigate whether the Police Bureau is resistant to change.

I moved to Portland after law school 14 years ago because I received a post-graduate fellowship to work on police reform there…

Shauna Curphey

Lawyer: Business and Human Rights; Corporate Accountability; Civil Rights @shaunamc, www.shaunacurphey.com

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