Phil Sano v. the State in Occupied Portland
Here's a pretty old post from the blog archives of Geekery Today; it was written about 14 years ago, in 2009, on the World Wide Web.
For background, see GT 2008-06-13: Law and Orders #7:
Government cops are here to protect you by shouting orders at passing strangers on bicycles, For Their Own Good, and then, if the biker should fail to immediately obey arbitrary commands to stop, bellowed by complete strangers on the street at 9:30 pm, who don't make any effort to identify or explain themselves, and who are dressed all in black so that you can hardly even see who the hell is hollering at you, they'll make sure you're biking safely by tackling you, slamming you against a nearby wall, wrestling you to the ground, and then, when you sayNoand ask to know what you did wrong, declaring that you'recombativeand torturing you with repeated high-voltage electric shocks, before they finally, in a remarkable act of circular practical reasoning, arrest you for resisting arrest.
Thus, in the latest news from Occupied Cascadia, here's how Portland cops Erin Smith and Ron Hoesly made sure that Phil Sano, who was suspected of the terrible crime of biking without a headlight, would get home safely: [… by grabbing him off his bike, repeatedly tasering him even though he posed no physical threat, and then justifying it by saying that he had been biking without a headlight and disobeyed an order to stop …].
According to Jonathan Maus at BikePortland.org (2008-06-11), the Gangsters in Blue arrested Sano and laid five charges on him, one of which was a civil citation for not having the headlight, and all the rest of which were charges forcrimesthat consisted in nothing other than failing to let himself be arrested for something that he couldn't have been rightfully arrested for to begin with.
Today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wendesday) are Phil Sano’s days in court. Supporters in Occupied Portland are welcome to come out in solidarity:
Date: Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 1:50 AM
Subject: the state v revphil
Hi there. Today and Tomorrow Im in court contesting the charge of Resisting Arrest. If you would like to go support me the trial will likely go from today though Wed afternoon. It might be easy to ignore this matter for a variety of reasons, however the the issue affects us all. Even if you never ride a bike you should be concerned with the power cops have over you. The resulting decision may set a precedent for what behavior is expected of police officers and how they interact with us, the public.
Here is a recent story about Revphil’s case:
(I have a sweet pictures in this last one!)
For more specific info about the current way tazers are being used
If you are planning on coming to court please be respectful, and remove any hats, tools or contraband before coming to the courthouse.
Tuesday Feb 10th and Wed Feb 11th
Multnomah County Courthouse
1021 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR
Judge You ct 5XX (er on the 5th floor) take a left on top of the stairs.
8:30 am until 5pm
thanks for your support,
- GT 2008-10-25: Translation from cop-speak to English
- GT 2008-06-30: Law and Orders #8: Memphis cop Bridges McRae
exceeds expectationsby punching Duanna Johnson repeatedly in the face with handcuffs over his knuckles for failing to stand up on command in the booking area at 201 Poplar
- GT 2008-06-13: Law and Orders #7: Portland cops Erin Smith and Ron Hoesly find it
would be necessaryto pull Phil Sano down off his bike, beat him up, and taser him repeatedly, for biking without a headlight
- GT 2008-02-01: Law and Orders #6: Pigs at the Trough
- GT 2007-12-23: Law and Orders #5: Daytona Beach cop takes control at Best Buy by shocking an unarmed,
- GT 2007-12-07: Law and Orders #4: Wichita cops take control by shocking a deaf man for not following orders he couldn't hear
- GT 2007-12-01: What a shock.
- GT 2007-11-27: Law and Orders #3: John Gardner of the Utah Highway Patrol tasers Jared Massey in front of his family for questioning why he was pulled over
- GT 2007-11-09: You got served and protected.
- GT 2007-10-11: Law and Orders #2: Florida cop was
within boundswhen he punched and pepper-sprayed a 15-year-old girl for breaking curfew
- GT 2006-11-16: Law and Orders: UCLA campus police
found it necessaryto repeatedly taser an Iranian student already lying helpless on the ground
- GT 2005-05-05: Peace Officers, redux
- GT 2005-04-26: Peace Officers
what ho, a verdict of not guilty!
thanks for covering this matter RadGeek!
Rad Geek /#
Now it’s time to sue. Sue big time otherwise how will you get them to pay attention, how will you get them to cease attacking ordinary people? Hit them where it hurts, in the pocketbook.