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Black and Blue in Portland

Each year, the Oregon Historical Society presents the Joel Palmer Award to the author of the best article published in their journal the previous year.

The 2014 winners were Karen Gibson and Leanne Serbulo for their article "Black and Blue: Police-Community Relations in Portland's Albina District, 1964-1985." In November, 2014 Gibson and Serbulo presented the results of their research at Portland State University. Their talk and the following spirited discussion is covered in these two episodes. This program is very timely and relevant to the tense relationship between law enforcement and black communities today, which the authors explain grew out of the ghettoization during the period they studied. A fascinating look at an important local issue. After their presentation, the Q&A included comments from Nancy Hales (wife of Mayor Charlie Hales), Dr. T. Allen Bethel of the AMA Coalition for Justice and Police Reform, and Deanna Wesson-Mitchell, a former police officer now working as the Mayor's police policy advisor.

This show was produced by Barb Greene and taped by PC Peri, with editing assistance from Dan Handelman. Streaming made possible by Portland Copwatch.

Part 1 (28:29):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 1:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Ghettoization of Albina Neighborhood
  3. 4:45: Policing the Ghetto (James Baldwin)
  4. 5:59: Ghetto (Albina) as Colony
  5. 7:51: Police as Enforcers of Colonial Relationship
  6. 13:24: 1964 - Police Kill Cleotis Rhodes
  7. 15:19: Civil Rights Movement and Police Brutality
  8. 16:34: "Subversives" Tracked and Harassed by Police
  9. 21:28: Civil Rights Movement's Demands for Police Reform
  10. 22:14: Class Action Suit: Probasco Decree
  11. 25:19: 1974 DOJ Investigation
  12. 26:43: End credits/COINTELPRO Exposed/ Backlash - Portland Police Assoc
You can use these times to find a particular section if you want to jump to a certain portion of the show.

Part 2 (28:06):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 2:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Backlash - Portland Police Ass'n (cont'd)
  3. 2:29: Community Demands Police Reform
  4. 5:03: Opossum Incident, Investigation & Backlash
  5. 7:35: Police Internal Investigations Auditing Committee (PIIAC)
  6. 9:12: 1985 - Tony Stevenson Killed by Police
  7. 11:43: Little Progress Made - Only from Outside Pressure
  8. 14:22: Police/ Community Relations Today - Change Requires Outside Pressure
  9. 16:07: Union Organizing and the PPA
  10. 18:41: Police at PSU and the Need for Outside Intervention
  11. 20:30: The Mayor's Wife's Perspective
  12. 22:14: Dr. Bethel (AMA Coalition)'s Rebuttal
  13. 25:06: The City's Perspective
  14. 26:12:End credits and the Need for Outside Oversight and Community Pressure

The whole show (VB #94.01&-02) is available for a donation of $11 (DVD/VHS) plus $4 postage and is streaming on line at our full shows You Tube channel. .

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