A man is in custody after being shot and modestly injured Friday night by a Portland Police officer downtown after allegedly chasing people on the street with a knife. The area around the convenience store at 12th and Jefferson is one of our cursed little corners, due in part to a nearby subsidized apartment building housing people with substance abuse issues, which means a good portion have serious mental health issues, and a church around the corner that serves a regular feed for the homeless.
I used to cross through this place regularly at night, and I’ve never found it to be dangerous, just seedy–but like everywhere the threat is different for different people. People paying exorbitant rent to live here wend through the riff raff to and from the store indifferent. But for a dope-sick homeless person or someone similarly weak the place might be very hell.
For a long time the store had a continual homeless presence on the sidewalk outside, small but hardcore. At its worst they did business through a small hatch cut into a fortified wooden door: you addressed the clerk and he went and fetched your goods. But the homeless contingent there has been gone for a few months now and the spot is a little cleaned up.
Twitter chatter suggested antifa might descend on the shooting scene, so I went to check it out. All I found were four or five young, frail antifa types of indeterminate gender congregating on the corner while a fat female clown honked a horn at the cops from behind the crime-scene tape.
At the same time President Biden was speaking across the Willamette River and was expected at the Hilton downtown later that night. Several blocks around the hotel were cordoned off with barrier tape manned by cops, traffic barricades at the intersections and what looked like a big dump truck in the middle of Broadway. A tent where cars pass through to undergo a bomb search was raised in front of the Apple store–itself a high-security setup for two years now, since the 2020 BLM riots that helped land Brandon in office; the store looks like a prison entrance with customers routed through high steel fencing held down by concrete traffic barriers.
I waited for a time in Pioneer Courthouse Square with a few dozen people, scattered about, who may or may not have been waiting like me to get a look at the corpus potus. Two demonstrators with a flag demanding gas money from “Brandon” waited for a while before giving up. They had been outside of the president’s event somewhere on the east side and reported few people there and no anti-Biden protesters. The inane and durable banter of a nearby group of Mexican girls finally sent me into retreat.
The stupid flee when no man pursueth
Yahoos in nearby Vancouver Washington are still discovering a new state law that means police won’t chase if they flee a traffic stop. The news report below is a little deceptive in saying the suspect ran because he “thought” the police would not pursue. The suspect knew they would not. He was only arrested because he crashed near enough the non-pursuing sheriff’s deputy to be picked up at the accident. Fox 12 seems to be encouraging you to get the wrong impression. Unforgivably the news report doesn’t even mention Washington’s House Bill 1024, now law, limiting police chases, despite the fact the Clark County Sheriff has been very vocal in his opposition to this and other Racial Reckoning laws and any statement given to media will stress that.
Readers get a clue at least in that part of the Sheriff’s statement included in the story, saying the non-pursuit was per law, when they would normally say per policy.
Whether the law truly prohibited a chase is debatable. But Fox 12 isn’t even going there and I’m not sure it isn’t just due to the generally awful and incomplete nature of short news items now. But I expect controversy to follow when, say, a failure to pursue results in a gory crash, and many of the same people behind the law denounce police inaction.
For the time being police will still show up when you splatter, of course, and abolitionists haven’t yet figured out how to keep them from arresting you afterward–I expect they’re working to ban cops from hospitals and crash scenes eventually. The Washington law might intend that, with a provision requiring police to leave a scene where no crime is obviously imminent.
In this case the not-too-bright driver didn’t think his correct realization through, however: rather than simply go on his merry way he went ahead with the high speed chase, solo. And still his reasoning was sound: the deputy stood down as he blew another red light. The only thing failing the driver was his skill.
CLARK COUNTY, Wash. – Deputies arrested a man after leading them on a chase on Friday night because he thought he would not be stopped, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
CCSO said just before 9 p.m. Friday, a deputy saw a black SUV run a red light at Northeast St. Johns Rd. and Northeast 88th Street and attempted to stop it. The driver sped away and ran another red light. Pursuant to laws, the deputy stopped his pursuit of the SUV.
Those flashing code lights are a suggestion now. The rationalization behind no-pursuit policies is that high-speed chases are dangerous; but the goal is really to limit police interactions with Blacks! and thereby arrests and convictions. Doing away with police pursuits is another of many crude bludgeons in that effort. If enough people stop cooperating with traffic stops the practice will become a thing of the past in Washington state, and I’m certain police abolitionists anticipate and approve.
Like Washington, Oregon passed a slew of police reform bills following the orchestrated BLM rioting of 2020; the various states blessed with a blue hue all put up the same host of “reforms”: bail reform, banning police chases, repealing qualified immunity, etc. They got about half of what they wanted. Many of course are now rolling those back, even Washington state–just a little:
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday rolling back part of the state’s sweeping police reform legislation from last year after law enforcement and key Democratic lawmakers agreed the original bill went too far.
The measure, House Bill 2037, makes clear police can use force to stop people from fleeing temporary investigative detentions, known as Terry stops. Officers said restrictions passed by lawmakers in 2021 had left them unable to do so, meaning potential suspects could simply leave.
Under the bill, police still must use reasonable care, including appropriate de-escalation techniques, and they may not use force during Terry stops when the people being detained are compliant. Inslee said it “upholds the principle of police accountability, de-escalation and the protection of individual liberties.”
Following 2020’s widespread protests for police accountability in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, Washington lawmakers passed an array of reforms covering everything from the background checks officers undergo before they’re hired to the circumstances under which they can be decertified.
Any law enforcement agency is likely to stand down more than such a law requires, and are squeezed between a law that limits their action but not their accountability and the public demand for order. They’re barred mostly from making traffic stops but still held responsible for the consequences–say if the driver here had killed somebody.
They didn’t manage to ban chases in Oregon and Portland Police still pursue fleeing suspects, but under considerable restrictions. I’m not sure about our Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department; a few weeks ago KOIN News, in a similarly vague account, reported deputies did not pursue a fleeing criminal suspect into a community college without explaining why. Emails to KOIN news and MCSD seeking to confirm if this was a no-pursuit policy decision went unanswered, and I couldn’t find the Sheriff’s policy online.
There was an old joke among Southern California traffic cops, told whenever a fast motorcyclist got away: never mind, we’ll get him at the fatality. Of course it was also common for police to admonish speeding motorcyclists by complaining they, cops and EMTs, were the ones to scrape you off the pavement (but they actually don’t–who is the poor bastard who has to do that?). They won’t get to whinge like that any more in Washington state if abolitionists get their way. They will have to shut up and do it. Sleep in the pod. Eat the bugs. Scrape the pavement, Pig.
I’m curious at what point would police have intervened had the driver not disabled his vehicle in the mayhem:.
Seconds later, the deputy saw a cloud of dust caused by a crash on NE St. Johns Rd. near the I-205 overpass. Deputies learned the driver of the SUV had tried to go between two other cars and hit a pickup truck. It sheered the driver’s side wheels off the SUV, while the pickup went through a median, across the road and hit and broke a utility pole. There were no injuries reported.
Deputies arrested the driver of the SUV, identified as 26-year-old Kostyantyn Kray of Vancouver. A passenger in the SUV said they heard police were defunded, short-staffed and would not pursue vehicles which attempted to run from traffic stops. The passenger said Kray wanted to see for himself if this was true.
Kray was taken to a hospital before being booked into the Clark County jail for a felony charge of attempting to elude a police vehicle.
NE St. Johns Rd. was closed for over an hour due to the amount of debris in the road, to allow for tows and for maintenance on the damaged utility pole.
“…no injuries reported.” Success!
The Washington law requires police to get permission from a supervisor before initiating a pursuit and to let anyone go who isn’t an immediate dangerous threat. So criminal suspects are calling 911 on cops. Honk Honk:
(NewsNation) — A new law in Washington state that places restrictions on police pursuits has resulted in suspects calling 911 to prevent officers from chasing them.
In one call released by the Redmond Police Department, a man admits he is driving on a suspend license, but tells the operator when she asks him if he can pull over: “No … he’s not going to get me.”
House Bill 1054 requires that officers receive permission from a supervisor to initiate a chase. Proponents of the legislation, including its sponsor state Rep. Jesse Johnson, said it would improve public safety by reducing the number of deaths caused by police pursuits, among other things.
But police departments have pushed back, saying the measure hampers their ability to catch criminals. According to the Washington State Patrol, officers have logged nearly 2,500 incidents of drivers failing to stop for a state trooper trying to pull them over.
And now, suspects themselves are reporting police. In another call aired on “The Jason Rantz Show,” a man who was suspected of holding a woman hostage sped off with the alleged victim inside the car. He told a 911 operator “I was sleeping in my car” and to tell the police “it’s an illegal pursuit.”
I may try that sometime.
PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – A brand new business called the House of Vape off of Southeast Powell Boulevard was scheduled for their grand opening Friday, but instead they were burglarized.
Sami Hales, who owns the shop, said he lost roughly $100,000 in products and damages. However, it’s nothing new.
“I’m getting used to it to be honest with you,” Hales said. “At least once a month I’m getting a phone call.”
He has been burglarized a dozen times between his 19 locations, but the thieves are getting more and more sophisticated. This time, a white truck crashed through the side of the business and three individuals started taking products.
“They’re doing it so professionally,” Hales said. “I swear when I saw this footage, I thought I was watching “Mission Impossible.” It doesn’t matter what I do for security, they still rob me.”
The first round of thieves were in and out in less than two minutes, but more trickled in afterward.
“It was an open buffet,” he said.
In the footage, the thieves were pillaging the shelves by swooping their arms from side to side and filling garbage cans full of product.
“So you can imagine how much they stole,” Hales said. “They hurt me bad.”
Hales said he feels like theft and crime are crushing his dreams of continuing to build his business and feel safe in the community he loves.
“I’m an immigrant,” he said. “I’ve lived in this wonderful, wonderful city for 22 years. I cannot go walk after 1 a.m. I’m a big guy, but it doesn’t matter. It’s just getting worse and worse.”
He blames it on who he calls “evil people.”
“I’m sorry to call them evil,” Hales said apologetically. “But they are evil because they’re hurting everybody.”
He managed to catch the license plate and is hopeful they’ll be caught. All the while, he remains optimistic about the city he calls home.
“Portland, Oregon is going to go back to what it used to be,” Hales said. “Safe and good.”
Hales said tobacco shops aren’t allowed to have product insurance, so he’s out quite a bit of dough. But he’s thankful for all the help he has received in the last 48 hours or so. Some people from the community even helped him to rebuild his wall.
On that thin premise here’s a fat clip:
“What the fuck they expect from us? We gotta vape, don’t we?”
And the beating goes on.