Demilitarize Portland Police

Portland (Oregon) City Council and Multnomah County Board of Commissioners

The petition below is endorsed by PNW Family Circle, Imagine Black (formerly PAALF), Unite Oregon, Portland United Against Hate, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, Showing Up For Racial Justice PDX, Code Pink Portland, APANO, Alliance for Democracy OR, Portland Democratic Socialists of America, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Portland Rising Tide, Sunrise Movement PDX, Independent Publishing Resource Center, Climate Action Coalition, Oregon Progressive Party, Jewish Voice for Peace - Portland Chapter, Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance, Stop the Sweeps PDX, and World BEYOND War.

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To: Portland (Oregon) City Council and Multnomah County Board of Commissioners
From: [Your Name]

So long as policing exists, we urge you to pass ordinances that ban from Portland & Multnomah County:

(1) Military-style or "warrior" training of law enforcement officers by the U.S. military, any foreign military or police, or any private company;

(2) Acquisition by law enforcement of any weaponry from the U.S. military through the 1033 program;

(3) Acquisition from any source or use of currently stockpiled automatic or semi-automatic weapons, armored personnel carriers, chemical weapons, smoke bombs, kinetic impact projectiles, acoustic weapons, directed energy weapons, water cannons, disorientation devices, or ultrasonic cannons;

(4) Any law enforcement hiring practices that hold preference for applicants with military training over those who do not;

(5) and any cooperation with or toleration of militarized policing in Portland & Multnomah County by state or federal forces.

We urge you to require that local law enforcement:

(1) Dismantle and dispose of all current stockpiles of weapons mentioned above in an ecologically sound manner within 2 years.