Local Activists Call Out Disparate Treatment After Controversial Bundy Acquittal – News – Portland Mercury

Edit_Post_‹_The_Modern_[AfroIn2016-08-19_17-35-48Local Activists Call Out Disparate Treatment After Controversial Bundy Acquittal – News – Portland Mercury – A white jury exonerating the mostly-white Bundy crew for a 41-day armed occupation of a government building is an example of unequal treatment, people from Don’t Shoot Portland said. They pointed to an October 12 incident in which protesters were physically booted out of City Hall while trying to voice displeasure with a new police union contract [“Cops and Black Lives Matter Protesters Clash Forcefully Outside of City Hall Over Police Union Contract,” Blogtown, Oct 12]. The activists were met with hordes of baton-wielding and pepper-spray-blasting riot cops in the streets. “Would we have made it 40-something days inside City Hall?” asked Gregory McKelvey, a Don’t Shoot Portland organizer. “We didn’t make it two hours when we came to testify. If anybody has a question about what police disparity we have in our city, or in our state, or country, that’s a prime example. We never would have made it to trial, we would have been shot in that building.”

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