The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by MikeBlueHair of ‘Film The Police Portland” (also known as “FTP PDX”), via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

This post involves the (mis)treatment of homeless people in Portland by federal agents working for the Department of Homeland Security. In this particular instance the DHS agents have been witnessed conducting illegal searches and demanding ID from those homeless people living within the city. Homeless people are often bullied and targeted by law enforcement on all levels of government.

This is, of course, not limited to the city of Portland. Also, while it is not as prevalent or as extreme it also isn’t limited to homeless, either. As is mentioned within the post, that (along with the sense of decency that you hopefully have) is a reason that even those who are not homeless should oppose such acts by government agents.

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Published By Arran Edmonstone on September 16, 2013

For several months, homeless people have been camped out in front of Portland City Hall and across the street, at the federally-owned Terry Schrunk Plaza and subject to routine searches by the Department of Homeland Security. Some of the homeless rights advocates have pointed out the searches are in violation of civil liberties and waging a court battle at Portland City Hall.

This film contains footage from one of those raids with the DHS agents “just following orders”, in addition to a cop watching patrol with FTP Portland’s Mike Bluehair.

A message from a fellow Cop Watcher:

“I wish in my heart of heart that when the least of our society are oppressed, we the people would react as if the system were trampling our own rights. Because the harsh truth is this. If we do nothing when the state attacks the right of others they are in essence violating the rights of us all. Don’t tread on me be damned! DON’T TREAD ON US! Much Love!”

– MikeBlueHair

Here’s the link for part 1:


Here’s the link for part 2:

Published By Arran Edmonstone on Sep 17, 2013

Here is more footage of the Department of Homeland Security performing a routine search on the belongings of homeless people camped out at Terry Schrunk Plaza in downtown Portland, between Portland City Hall and the newly constructed “green” and “sustainable” Edith Green/Wendell Wyatt Federal Building.

Throughout the video, one of the activists present there, who is also a livestreamer and paralegal, lets the DHS know they are violating a 1983 Supreme Court ruling, Kolender v. Lawson. According to Wikipedia’s page, it concerns “the constitutionality of laws that allow police to demand that ‘loiterers’ and ‘wanderers’ provide identification.”

It’s also worth noting that moments before I began filming one the DHS agents, the tallest of all of them promptly grabbed the papers from the hands of the Livestreamer with the Supreme Court ruling printed on them and threw them on the ground.

Here is the link to Wikipedia’s page with more information:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolender_v._Lawson

 

– MikeBlueHair (AKA MikeSmith)

21 Comments

  1. What a bunch of bullshit. Those people are camped out in front of a federal building. Why? If they feel so fucking “abused” then why don’t they find some where else to go? It’s just another bullshit attenpt by a fucking burnt out activist to try and create drama out of nothing. People are tired of these people all over the streets most of them are drunks and drug users. IF they are going to complain why don’t they go somewhere else. Why don’t you fucking join them.

    Ron Paul says, “All activists lie all the time everytime”.

  2. I think you are improperly applying a USSC opinion on a rather broad CA state statute to WA federal statute on federal property.

    .osec.doc.gov/osy/NPCSecurity/osypdffilest-zandsecuritymanual/Title41.pdf

    .gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-1997-title41-vol2/pdf/CFR-1997-title41-vol2-sec101-20-305.pdf

  3. Military bases have signs stating you can be searched at any time. If they are on federal property, presumably the same standards apply. Besides, the remedy for an illegal search (and I’m not convinced these searches are illegal) is suppression of evidence.

    Also, what if spies or terrorists infiltrated the group?

  4. They could be living along the river edge with water, a way of planting a garden and fishing , without enteruption from police. These people are just bumming and being a nuicense. The cops are not threatening them or beating them or jailing them. They are probibly looking for liqour or intoxicated people. They were not throwing them out of the area.Whats the big deal.The scotus they are using has nothing to do with this matter.I saw one of the idiot dhs refuse to look at one mans drivers license.

  5. I AM NOT A FAN OF THE DHS AND NEVER WILL BE. HOWEVER I SAW NO FLAGRENT VIOLATIONS OF PEOPLES RIGHTS.

  6. Public Offender, not completely true. Military bases are soverign, which is why your basic constitutional rights are suspeneded. Federal property is not, as it is the property of all the hold citizenship. Of course their are different rules for places like this, but your constitution is still in full tact, unlike the soverign military or soverign native lands.

  7. Fair enough, Keith. I’m not sure CONUS military installations are soveriegn, but I see your point.

    I empathize with the homeless people there but can understand why the DHS would want to ensure there is no threat.

  8. P.O, yeah, it’s a tough one, I feel for these folks, unlike popular belief, most of these folks are mentally ill. Not sure what to do, that last factor really clouds the decision process, as when do we switch from inalienable rights to protecting the public a large, and specifically the individuals that are being checked on. I don’t have the answer.

  9. Anyplace can be posted as “subject to search”. There is a DOD oriented facility called “Plant 42” where I occasionally work. It’s posted that way, and the security guards regularly search cars, usually on your way out of the facility.

    Slappy abuses farm animals and posts freaking sick bestiality videos.

    Ron Paul is disgusted by him.

  10. I wish they would get a job and contribute to society instead of leech of of it.

  11. So so those pigs are happy about themselves there on the team that is spying and building camps to tame and kill us when we revolt. Fuck martial law. I kinda wish blue hair would of went even harder on them cowardly Fuck lol when DSH is around I lose all respect. They can sleep in the dirt!!!

  12. Annonypussy certain – Why are you hiding behind a fake name? You are still upset your mom sent me those videos of you getting caught having sex with goats and other barnyard animals. You made the false claim that you had others watch them and report what they saw to you yet we all know you have watched them over and over while jerking it. You are a very sick piece of shit.

    Ron Paul says, “All activists lie all the time everytime”.

  13. perhaps some of you would let them camp in your back yards.

  14. How about cop block set up a donation fund for these individuals? I can empathize with the individuals and feel bad that they’re homeless. I usually give homeless people a few bucks when I encounter one. However, I would not want a group of them living in a city park I frequent.

  15. ERD, if copblockers did that, they couldn’t contribute to Pete’s world tour.

  16. Clearly a violation of the 4th amendment. What makes people want to be stooges of the state?

  17. Kolender v. Lawson doesn’t apply since this is on federal property. This is more appropriate (41 CFR):

    Conformity with Signs and Directions (41 CFR 10274.385). Persons in and on property must at all times comply with official signs of a prohibitory, regulatory or directory nature and with the lawful direction of Federal police officers and other authorized individuals.

    Disturbances (41 CFR 10274.390). All persons entering in or on Federal property are prohibited from loitering, exhibiting disorderly conduct or exhibiting other conduct on property that (a) Creates loud or unusual noise or a nuisance; (b) Unreasonably obstructs the usual use of entrances, foyers, lobbies, corridors, offices, elevators, stairways, or parking lots; (c) Otherwise impedes or disrupts the performance of official duties by Government employees; or (d) Prevents the general public from obtaining the administrative services provided on the property in a timely manner.

  18. Some more regs:

    Inspection (41 CFR 10274.370). Federal agencies may, at their discretion, inspect packages, briefcases and other containers in the immediate possession of visitors, employees or other persons arriving on, working at, visiting, or departing from Federal property. Federal agencies may conduct a full search of a person and the vehicle the person is driving or occupying upon his or her arrest.

    Posting and Distributing Materials (41 CFR 10274.415). All persons entering in or on Federal property are prohibited from (a) Distributing free samples of tobacco products in or around Federal buildings, under Public Law 10452, Section 636; (b) Posting or affixing materials, such as pamphlets, handbills, or flyers, on bulletin boards or elsewhere on GSA-controlled property, except as authorized in 10274.410, or when these displays are conducted as part of authorized Government activities; and (c) Distributing materials, such as pamphlets, handbills, or flyers, unless conducted as part of authorized Government activities. This prohibition does not apply to public areas of the property as defined in 10271.20 of this chapter. However, any person or organization proposing to distribute materials in a public area under this section must first obtain a permit from the building manager as specified in subpart D of this part. Any such person or organization must distribute materials only in accordance with the provisions of subpart D of this part.

    Photographs for News, Advertising, or Commercial Purposes (41 CFR 10274.420).

    Except where security regulations, rules, orders, or directives apply or a Federal court order or rule prohibits it, persons entering in or on Federal property may take photographs of (a) Space occupied by a tenant agency for non-commercial purposes only with the permission of the occupying agency concerned; (b) Space occupied by a tenant agency for commercial purposes only with written permission of an authorized official of the occupying agency concerned; and (c) Building entrances, lobbies, foyers, corridors, or auditoriums for news purposes.

  19. “What makes people want to be stooges of the state?” Larry, Moe, Curly Joe, and Shemp beat them to the jobs they really wanted?

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