The ELK (Elk Law Krewe) is a new legal collective to support movement-building in Portland, OR. It provides support and resources to Occupy Portland arrestees. Visit their website here.
HOW TO REPRESENT YOURSELF WORKSHOP – Fridays, 6PM @ Stu Sugarman’s Office: Stu is one of the mass defense coordinators for the Portland NLG (radical legal organization), and has generously offered to share his experience. These sessions are particularly geared towards folks who don’t have their own attorney. Stu will answer questions and give how-to pointers on representing yourself (pro se). (This is an ongoing event) http://www.portlandgeneralassembly.org/events/weekly-lawyer-open-office-2012-01-06/
The events calendar is a good place to see what legal support events and workshops are happening around town.
National Lawyers Guild
- HOTLINE FOR ARRESTS: Write this on your arm and/or leg with a Sharpie: My Lawyer is 503-902-5340
- it was recommended to call them if you hear of an arrest or if you are arrested
- Send Legal Questions (What can I do legally and where?) to: email@example.com and they will be forwarded to the NLG representative in Portland.
- Aim to protect protesters and keep this a peaceful protest.
- Will attempt to coordinate representatives for those arrested
- If you are being arrested, try to tell people around you: Who you are; And that you are being arrested (which may be obvious)
- Not obligated to speak to police. Within rights to wait for a lawyer (Miranda Rights & the Freedom of Speech [or not to speak])
- N.L.G. Observers are being worked out.
- N.L.G. will be setting up a “Know Your Rights” seminar for anyone wanting to attend. Will post info on date and time as soon as available.
Seeking volunteers to join jail support committee. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Filing Complaints on Police Actions
Below you will find various resources for people who have been subject to or witnesses of questionable police activity in relation to Occupy Portland. If you’re facing criminal charges, consult with an attorney before filing the complaint. For more information about the complaint process, click here.
Occupiers subject to or witnessing excessive force, rude or disrespectful conduct or other violations of the Portland Police Bureau should:
1. File a complaint here with the Independent Police Review (IPR). Alternatively the IPR can be contacted here: email@example.com, Phone: 503-823-0146. Send requests to the attention of Steve Morrow, who is coordinating these complaints.
2 Request that IPR do an independent investigation (which is within IPR’s authority). This should be done by a separate written attachment (word document or other) to the complaint with these words: I ask that this complaint be investigated independently by IPR staff and not referred to IA, pursuant to: Portland City Code 3.21.120(C)(2)(b) and for the reason that: that IAD has not done an adequate job investigating a particular category of complaints. (E.G. Excessive Force).
Please keep a copy of whatever you file.
3. Please call the NLG Legal Hotline (503-902-5340) and state that you’ve made these claims to the IPR. This hotline serves as the Occupy coordination on these claims.
For anyone that may have gotten a ticket in their car/on their bike during the port shutdown:
There is a Portland Police Policy Directive that prohibits police retaliation for “[d]emonstrating one’s constitutional rights”( 310.20 in the policy manual).
If you were one of those people pulled over and you feel like it was because of your protest activities it’s worth filing a complaint over (Follow step 1-3 above).
If you aren’t satisfied with your initial IPR findings and need help to appeal the results, contact liberty.straneyATgmail.com
Footage of Police Actions
Anonymously drop your footage and photos for the Legal Team here – Occupy Portland’s Media Base