Totality of Circumstances

Sidelwalk chalk names of people killed by police from a protest outside PPB East Precinct in 2018
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A holistic, people-centered conversation about policing in Portland and beyond, with an emphasis on community oversight, social justice activism, and alternatives to current paradigms.

 

Totality of circumstances is a legal concept with a wide usage, but in this context it is part of the framework used around police interactions with the public, in which the actions of an officer are viewed in terms of the “totality of the circumstances” at the moment of interaction, and specifically at the moment force is used against a civilian. It is a deceptive term—“totality” is viewed entirely from the viewpoint of the officer, and the factors at play in their mind, as opposed to the true “totality of circumstances” at play in the interaction—the place of the police and civilian in an unjust capitalist system; systemic and personal racism and bigotry; societal attitudes towards the mentally ill, economically disadvantaged, and certain subcultures; entrenched interests like business and police unions; structures of power at the city, county, state and federal levels; and the weight of history and the status quo.

 

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Full Interview: Donna Martin, Sister of Andre Gladen

Airs at: Tue, 07/02/2019 at 5:30pm - 6:00pm
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On Saturday, July 6, 2019, the family of Andre Gladen is hosting an "Angelversary" celebration of Andre's life outside of Adventist Hospital, at the corner of SE 96th Avenue and Market Street. The event is from 11AM to 1PM. In the family's words: "Andre Gladen, a 36-year-o... Read more

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Police Raid Punk House Party in 2001

Airs at: Tue, 06/04/2019 at 5:30pm - 6:00pm
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  FROM THE FILES OF CIRCLE-A RADIO!! Totality of Circumstances is off this week. Instead, we have a special treat, recently digitized from the KBOO Archives: an hour-long episode of CIRCLE-A RADIO from 2001 featuring the story of a police raid on a punk show after-party a... Read more

Full Interview with Tim Ledwith, Whose Case Led to Indictments Against Two Members of Patriot Prayer

Airs at: Tue, 03/19/2019 at 5:30pm - 6:00pm
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  On March 12, Patriot Prayer member Donovon Flippo was arrested in connection with an assault in June of 2018. The 23-year-old Flippo is a co-defendent with Tusitala "Tiny" Toese, 22, both frequent participants in violent protest events involving the Vancouver, WA-based P... Read more

September 24, 2019: Looking Back at the Police Union's Use of Grievance Arbitration

Airs at: Mon, 09/24/2018 at 5:30pm - 6:00pm
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      This show is shorter than normal due to KBOO's Fall Membership Drive.  As the city, its people, and its police union gear up to start negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement for rank-and-file officers and sergeants, we are taking a look back through h... Read more