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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 03:14 AM

Mother of Murdered Portland Anti-Fascist Activist Still Seeking Answers

Laura Kealiher just wants closure.

In the early hours of October 12, 2019, Laura’s son Sean Kealiher was fatally hit by someone driving an SUV in Northeast Portland, spurring a homicide investigation by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). Now, nearly a year since Sean’s death, Laura has given up hope that local law enforcement will solve her son’s murder.

“Whatever trust I had in the judicial system is gone,” Laura told the Mercury in an interview Friday. “I have cooperated with the police investigation for months, I have followed their instruction to not talk with the press, I have kept quiet. But I think that has done more harm than good.”

After feeling misled by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office about Sean’s investigation, Laura said she’s done staying quiet.

“I’m ready to bring this to the streets,” she said.

Read more: https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2020/09/10/28815418/mother-of-murdered-portland-anti-fascist-activist-still-seeking-answers

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Reply Mother of Murdered Portland Anti-Fascist Activist Still Seeking Answers (Original post)
TexasTowelie Sep 16 OP
quakerboy Sep 16 #1
stopdiggin Sep 16 #2
quakerboy Sep 18 #3
stopdiggin Sep 18 #4
quakerboy Sep 18 #5

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 05:22 AM

1. PPD has effectively been on strike since the start of the protests

If you call them for service, and if you can talk to an officer, they will explicitly tell you they aren't doing their jobs because they are just too busy with protesters. They certainly arent going to break that strike to find justice for one of the protestors.

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Response to quakerboy (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 10:10 AM

2. look at the date. this predates the Floyd/BLM protests (nt)

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 18, 2020, 07:44 AM

3. But it doesnt predate protests in Portland.

And definitely not PPD's active, violent and corrupt response toward citizens, especially those harmed by PPD's violent RW allies.

Or to put it another way, While the current situation has emboldened PPD to outright say they wont help people so that they can try to blame it on protestors, my experience is that that the only thing that has changed is that the police are being honest about the fact they wont help. The actual level of service provided hasn't actually changed.

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Response to quakerboy (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 18, 2020, 12:49 PM

4. correct. protest has been a thing in Portland

for quite some period of time. And PPD, like a lot of big city police forces, has had a chip on their shoulder for a long time as well. My post was aimed at pointing out that the time frame between the incident reported in the OP -- and your explanation of cause and effect didn't quite overlap.

It's been a long friggin' summer. Wishing your luck.
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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 18, 2020, 10:50 PM

5. Being honest, I didnt notice the dates

But It wouldnt have changed my post much if i had. Todays rain is heavenly. and the other news of the day is heartbreaking and worse.

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