Court says Portland Police broke law by livestreaming protests, showing violent attacks on cops and city

PORTLAND, OR – According to reports, a Multnomah County Circuit Court found that Portland Police had violated state law by livestreaming protests that were taking place in the city.

This decision was reached in relation to a lawsuit brought forth by the ACLU and one protester during this past summer alleging that the PPB’s activities infringed upon a unique law regarding what information law enforcement agencies can document.

Back in July, the ACLU and Marie Tyvoll, who in court documents was listed as “Protester 1”, claimed that when Portland Police were engaged in the likes of livestreaming protests taking place in the city, they were in violation ORS 181A.250 – a law quite specific on what information law enforcement cannot collect.

The law I question reads as follows:

“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.”

Again, this lawsuit pertained to Portland Police reportedly livestreaming protests – which could certainly fall into the realm of both “political” and “social views”.

And apparently, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Ryan felt that was the case.

The ACLU released a statement on September 20th regarding their success in court:

“We are pleased that Judge Ryan was willing to apply Oregon law in a commonsense way to protect our right to protest without fear of government surveillance or government-supported doxing.

This should put all Oregon law enforcement agencies on notice that police have no business filming, photographing, or otherwise collecting information on protesters. Protest is fundamental to democracy. Protest is not a crime. Period.”

Tyvoll, who has a history of filing lawsuits in Portland (one against Portland Public Schools in 2018 and another in 2020 against a neighborhood coalition, for recent examples), described the impetus of the suit, claiming that police were “doxxing” her while livestreaming protests:

“When I showed up to support Black Lives at a protest, I did not expect that the police would invest so much time, money, and energy in broadcasting my face over the internet.

Standing up to injustice is important to me; having my own government deliberately put me at risk for broadcasting my location and political stance — known as ‘doxxing’ — is unbelievable. In a time when extremists and hate groups violently attack activists, I am grateful that the Court saw how harmful this practice is and chose to put a permanent stop to it.”

While Portland Police apparently violated Oregon law with said practices during protests, according to Judge Ryan, Tyvoll’s concerns over police “doxxing” her and “broadcasting her political stance” seems awfully disingenuous.

For one, Tyvoll has been the subject of numerous news reports in Portland since 2018 when she filed a lawsuit against her former employer (Portland Public Schools) for wrongful termination.

And when she was awarded over $400K in 2020 for that suit, she was again in the news for that – only to be in the news that same year for the lawsuit against the neighborhood coalition.

But neither of those lawsuits really placed her political leanings to the forefront – but when she spoke with The Oregonian back in July of 2020 for a video interview: she literally made her political stance known when she protested against police.

The Oregonian clearly obtained her name, and published it in the released video, writing “Marie Tyvoll joined the front lines of the Portland protests on Monday night in a plea to end the violence.”

Not to mention, on Tyvoll’s own Twitter account, her account bio (which is public for all to see) reads as follows:

“Medical Tent at PDX protests. Strive to be antiracist. Parent. Accountability. Activist. Advocate. Connect protesters to legal support.”

It’s safe to say that Tyvoll’s political leanings were by no means secret or suddenly revealed by Portland Police – as she broadcasted those aspects about herself and is obviously not camera shy to voice her leanings and share her name with the press while actively being at a protest in Portland.

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After defunding the police by $15 million, Portland’s mayor wants money to rehire retired police officers

(Originally published September 18th, 2021)

PORTLAND, OR – According to reports, with murders having hit their highest level in more than 20 years, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is pushing for extra funding in an effort to rehire police officers who’ve recently retired to solve an ongoing staffing deficiency.

Homicides have reached a troubling high over the past year, and Mayor Wheeler is looking to get his hands on funding to tap into experienced officers who had retired to both address a staffing shortage within the police department and also tackle the concerning violent crime rates.

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell, as well as Mayor Wheeler, estimate that as many as 80 retired officers could be reintroduced to the Portland Police Bureau by the end of 2021.

The Portland mayor said that reintroducing the officers to the department will assist with violent crime levels “as well as prevent burnout amongst our current officers.”

Currently there is a deficiency of 122 sworn law enforcement officers for the Portland Police Bureau, as they’re operating with 794 sworn officers currently with a force authorized to operate with 916 officers.

So far this year, there have been 64 homicides in the city – with 46 of those homicides involving gunfire. In the previous 12 months, police reported 1,229 shootings, a considerable increase from the 656 shooting incidents reported the year before.

Mayor Wheeler lamented the surge in violent crime impacting Portland:

“The city is on a trend to have its deadliest year in decades. And while urban gun violence is impacting cities throughout the United States, we are not other cities. This is our home and we need to do better here.”

While Mayor Wheeler hopes to attain the funding for the rehiring of retirees effort, he also said that there needs to be a longer term strategy to address the staffing shortage within the bureau:

“I believe our police bureau is under-resourced. I want an evidenced-based approach to how many officers we need to hire and what gaps we have in the bureau that currently need to be filled.”

The hiring of retired officers for the Portland Police Bureau is not exactly uncharted territory, as the same effort was put into place in 2020.

However, the program was discontinued in August of last year due to its high cost – namely because the rehired officers were being paid at the same level as they were when they retired. That pay was also in concurrence with those officers’ receiving their city retirement benefits.

Mayor Wheeler also proposed an expansion of the Portland Street Response team, which assists individuals dealing with homelessness and behavioral health issues so as to alleviate Portland Police from having to respond to those calls.

Another aspect on the agenda for requested funding is the issuance of bodycams for police officers.

This fall, the City Council will discuss budget adjustment proposals, however, the mayor has not yet said how much money he’ll seek to increase the Portland Police Bureau’s budget.

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Estate of man murdered by Antifa militant in 2020 sues city of Portland, far-left mayor and District Attorney

(Originally published September 12th, 2021)

PORTLAND, OR – The estate of Aaron “Jay” Danielson, the 39-year-old man who was murdered in August of 2020 by Antifa militant Michael Reinoehl, is reportedly suing the city of Portland and local leadership – alleging a sort of negligence by city officials that led to the “preventable” death of Danielson.

As we have previously reported here at Law Enforcement Today, the now-deceased Reinoehl – who was later killed in a police shooting while being tracked down for Danielson’s murder – lied in wait on August 29th of 2020 before running up to Danielson and fatally shooting him after the victim had participated in a pro-Trump demonstration in Portland.  

On September 10th, 2021, the estate of Danielson filed a $13 million federal lawsuit against the city of Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler and the county district attorney.

Estate attorney Christopher Cauble alleges that the city’s officials employed a “hands off” policing strategy in response to violent groups like Antifa results in a “culture of vigilante policing” between groups when confronting each other:

“We are seeking justice for the preventable death of a young man, gunned down in a city with a dangerous and deadly hands-off approach to public safety.”

Cauble continued, pointing out how city leadership is fully aware when trouble is brewing – as groups like Antifa have a tendency to announce their intent to disrupt conservative demonstrations online and often advocate the use of violence when proclaiming such:

“Time and time again. City leadership and law enforcement have failed to find an effective response to clashing groups of protesters. For well over a year, they have known when and where these rallies would occur and the likelihood of escalating violence.

Yet no strategy of protective intervention has been utilized to this day. This reckless dereliction of duty, cost our client, Aaron Danielson, his life.”

Named within the suit, outside of the city and Mayor Wheeler, is also Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schmidt.  

The suit alleges that DA Schmidt’s August 2020 proclamation of his office avoiding prosecutions for “public order crimes” such as criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, and even rioting, and instead focus on more serious offenses like such as property damage or assaults undoubtedly contributed to the chaos that set the stage for Danielson to be murdered.

DA Schmidt’s office has yet to comment on the allegations outlined in the lawsuit.

Also noted in the federal lawsuit is how Portland Police were apparently instructed to avoid getting involved between disputes consisting of opposing groups – i.e., the conservative or pro-Trump crowds when faced against Antifa – despite city officials and police knowing full well what happens when such matters go unchecked.

The lawsuit filed claims that all of the aforementioned conveyed to protesters, on either side of the political aisles, could expect “a skeletal and passive police presence” during the weekend when Danielson was murdered.

And with how riots played out in Portland over the past year, it’s clearly evident just how lawless Antifa-led riots and activities play out and how violent they become when there’s even the smallest presence of conservative groups within the city.

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