Brainstorming on the Police Issue

I am absolutely positive that this post will piss everyone off, but it needs to be said.

Currently the police are having a lot of issues. Some are calling for the disbanding of police department because they may need to get violent. Here is the thing I have a big problem with the police I am not a guy who says he loves the police. Full disclosure I have had police idiocy cost me something very dear and those officers specifically I got an axe to grind the size of Argentina.

There is a need that only the police can handle. We have cut back police response in Portland and we are at the lowest sized force in 23 years. Considering how gun violence has gone up and continues to go up it means we have some major problems that need to be worked out and the police are going to have to help with that because currently our Mayor is using private security and that as damning of his work as all the city commissioners, and it should because has previously noted they have failed.

How do we fix it though is the question and to do so would take a multi faceted plan to answer questions where people have an issue. First, it is to help the officers, in Portland it takes 2 years to be a full officer, and in it I would add also some study in law. I would try to restructure the training so we aren’t losing so much as upgrading in different areas and I feel a little bit of time learning the law will give them a little confidence to further add some capabilities explaining how things are in the laws they defend.

Another thing is that we need to take a look at what counts as the over bearing hard left trying not to hurt anybody’s feelings instead of solving problems style of politics needs to end. It is not working and after close to six years for Mayor Ted Wheeler and the four for Commissioner Hardesty. There is very little to show for the hundreds of thousands of dollars their paychecks have given.

Kowtowing to political groups for clout was a disgusting move as it painted the city in a corner and one it will take years to get of. Some who sympathize or claim they are a different group then antifa despite wearing the same colors, using the same tactics, and fighting the supposed same enemies is a lark.

All of this sounds like a big thing where some think I will get several american flags call myself a hardline gop and exclaim the virtue of pence.

Honestly, if you look back when BLM was getting a foothold in the city I did have some hope for them to be a positive change, and despite not liking how Antifa had started in the city with the proud boys I thought they could do good. I still think they can, but they need to change, and they need to do it.

When a large group of people throw Molotovs at a police station, set trash on fire, break windows and rob places that is a riot and at first sign it needs to be stopped no matter who it is and use the best tools to do so. I would offer two sets of tools as equal as I could make them taken from the capabilities and tactics from police around the world to do what they need to do and give them the best chance to succeed. Have the city vote. Don’t want tear gas or smoke, I have no problem then providing water cannons or dye cannons in case there were crimes done at such events.

When the city votes on set of items is being used that is it. No cutting tools out of the toolbox. Next we need to increase transparency. I would want in my hypothetical city a website ran by the city of Portland where the vest cams of officers would be posted with only being the defining details being blurred. If people want to complain they can do it from their home as well but it would be something where both sides would be heard. You would have a website where you can log in, check some video, and if they see something that the officers didn’t then there would be a line of communication where those things spotted, plans tweaked and further evolved. It provides nowhere to hide for those who are bad officers and good officers will be seen more.

Better training, a noted and understood tool set and near complete transparency. The counter point would be, crimes need to be charged, and if I found out my DA was releasing people based on political ideology I would see what could be done to either back the police who were doing their jobs, and to make sure others understood his failings weather we have to see if he had to be disbarred, whether some talk with peers above him has to be checked. In any case their would be options on the board to fix the problem either under his own power or under something greater. I say this because currently the district attorney for Multnomah County has caught a whole river full of hook kissers and let them go when normally they would be given jail time.

For those who want to just motor on from this wall of text, D.A needs to do their job, training and tooling the police would be redone, using input form the city and we are using transparency to open up communications online

Portland, We Have A Problem.

Portland has exploded in terms of gun violence. It is one of the things that has may me want to breathe fire. I will be as neutral as I can be because honestly I do not think either side is the all evil. I will say however to anyone wondering that we have had Mayors we ran themselves as Democrats for 29 years. Bud Clark was an independent and his term ended December 1992 and the last Republican mayor was Connie McCready who was a female journalist who was mayor only after someone else died, and was the mayor during the St. Helens eruption. No shade there I just found that an interesting tidbit, and it may save you during a trivia night.

Point of the whole matter, what if you in front of your screen were brought with news that your home city had gun crime that had gone up close to 300% between two years. Some may ask, what are the details, and I will further explain. What if from January 2019 to December 2020 shootings gone up three times over, and on top of that reports are just coming out that this year in a single month we have had almost a hundred shooting incident in a month.

Those are from the City of Portland’s own tally. What if from 2019, to 2020 we went from almost 400 incidents to almost 900?

Knowing we are almost at hundred in a month we can break a thousand this year, and that makes me want to take the circus dive challenge in to a barrel of alcohol strong enough I would forget my own name. This is disgraceful.

Some may then bring up that the majority is driven by the police shootings.

There are some and even some errors made by some officers but they are in the clear minority versus everything else.

We are looking at a huge increase in gun violence and here is the problem. The number one move to get away from such things is move out, great for some, but what if you cannot, what if you are stuck. Portland has few positives right now but cheap and safe ways to move out of the city is not one of them. People are going to be more apt to fight, they will brawl and more people will be shot and it will be at the feet of the city commissioners and the mayor. Not about their politics, but about execution they have failed to such a degree that all of them should refund their wages back to the city and remove themselves in shame for the failure that their tenure has been. All of them, fail after fail after fail and now there is more blood in the streets then ever.

It is not just about shelter, it is about safety, and being somewhere where some can learn good habits and now, we as a state decided that having small amounts of hard drugs is only a fine. No one can tell me how this will actually help, so if anyone will volunteer such secrets I would be appreciative. Some say they have faith they know what the politicians in this city are doing. I trust them as far as they can throw me and since I am a card carrying member of the super heavyweight division, and I actually know a little about defending being thrown that ain’t an inch.

We as a city need to do better. Our homeless, our citizens, our people deserve better. While I tried to inject some humor in places how can anyone feel safe when you know it takes twelve minutes on average for police to help you in high risk crimes like shootings when you know when every second counts.

The world will get better but it will take time.

Stay strong and stay safe.

Used, Abused, Screwed, and What to do.

When you have nothing or when you only have a little something, I had to go through the painful lesson is learning when you were getting a legitimate offer of either food or shelter.

Living in a society like ours (INTL readers may feel absolved but do not worry because most of our cultures are guilty of some of this.) some people will try to take advantage of the less fortunate you must be your own best defense. Very few layers that would supposedly help will even approach your cases until there is a sure punishment from their bosses on file if they miss this. Part of that is gathering a lot of your own evidence to make that hammer fall on their head if they do not do their job. Don’t think people are there to help until results are produced and that will keep you ready. This does not mean to be paranoid, because some will want to legit help but understand your positions you will be low priority until you get back with more of a reason to help.

Government is much the same only many times they will try to whisper things to you to get hopes up while the majority of them leave your paperwork on a desk and forget about it. (This exact thing happened to me. I got called a liar until they got busted and even to this point that group as yet to help with a thing)

Part of getting by will be trying to take those the negative emotions and whether they are mostly sadness or anger and putting it somewhere where it can be more useful. This would mean you need a hobby and I have gone over that in different articles but the reason is here because a good number of people will be at their limit for this energy.

Finding out what what their emotional center is also important because simply put what looks like normal running to some would be stressed or out of personality to others. No worries not going flower power or losing what is left of my mind but it is a facet of humanity. What is specific though is that each person runs on specific emotional grounds as a center. You have seen it where some people are just happy or somber or angry because simply they have that emotion as their center.

Where your center is, is actually pretty easy to find. When everything is a basic day where do your emotions run. If you find your center is not where you want it then figure out what is needed whether a thought or memory and slowly work your normal to where you want it to be. For some this will be something you can only figure out after some serious thinking or meditation, but no booze or drugs while working this out. You will find that makes the path harder for the same payoff. Caveat, if you obviously have a doctors prescription then it will be more difficult, but the medicine is given to you by those with more education and work with them to help you.

You could have guessed by some of the other articles subject matter you will meet a cavalcade of personality types and not all of them will be friendly or law abiding. The best line of defense will be you’re own efforts. If you are not safe alone for the most part then find somewhere that has enough people that you can trust enough to rest would be good. This would also be a thought but essentially it is the reason some people sleep in broad daylight, because it is harder to commit crimes with the numerous more witnesses the day brings.

Trust is sacred because especially in this situation, the high damage it can do when held against you or broken to bits. Give it in small doses and try to remember that you live in a world where most people only learn because they have to and a good number will take what they can without repercussion.

Be careful who you associate with long term, but the situation may arise where the only options are a list of them ranging from bad to worst. Find something that you can use to defend yourself and hide quickly. You do not want to give the wrong impression to any of the normies.

Just because people are loud does not mean they will attack and using public areas to your advantage may be looked down by some but a good number of these people will be only a single paycheck away themselves from joining you on the street. If that gives you comfort in your darkest moments, do so and grow from it. Such things if they bother you then remember, you cant help others without helping yourself first.

Getting out is your first priority it is above everything what you need to know is the first step to almost anything else. Defend yourself according to your ability and decision making because it can be cruel out there some times. Stay strong in any case.