Totality of Circumstances

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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.

 

Reach us at totalityradio@gmail.com

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Peer-Run Harm Reduction Group Continues Outreach to Houseless Portlanders

Airs at: Wed, 04/01/2020 at 5:45pm - 6:00pm
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  Portland People's Outreach Project (PPOP) are a peer-run organization that provides a needle exchange and other harm-reduction services for Portland's houseless community. They are volunteers on the front lines of not just the struggle against our inequitable economic sy... Read more

Full Interview with Meredith Mathis of the PCCEP's Subcommittee for People with Mental Illness

Airs at: Tue, 02/25/2020 at 5:30pm - 6:00pm
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    Today, Federal Judge Michael Simon declined to approve an amendment to the city's Settlement Agreement with the US Department of Justice which would have allowed the Portland Committee for Community Engaged Policing (PCCEP, pronounced "pee-sep") to satisfy the require... Read more

"Building Beyond Policing" Forum with the Care Not Cops Coalition

Airs at: Sat, 02/01/2020 at 11:00am - 1:00pm
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    On February 1, 2020, the local activist coalition Care Not Cops held the final event in its "Building Beyond Policing" series of workshops at the PCC Cascade campus. KBOO was there and recorded the first part of the event, a panel discussion focused on alternatives to... Read more

January 28, 2020: Ten Year Anniversary of Aaron Campbell; and Group in Wyoming Calls for Justice and Police Oversight

Airs at: Tue, 01/28/2020 at 5:30pm - 6:00pm
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      On this week's show, we hear from the Stop the Violence event held on Saturday, January 25 at Maranatha Church in NE Portland, marking the ten-year anniversary of the police killing of Aaron Campbell. Campbell's death was the latest in a series of police killings t... Read more

Hindsight 2020: A Look Back at 2017

Airs at: Tue, 01/21/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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    In the spirit of Hindsight 2020, we look back at some of KBOO volunteers' reporting about police from the first year of the current administration. The stories in this hour cover roughly the period from January 2017 to February 2018, and contain descriptions of police... Read more

January 14, 2020

Airs at: Tue, 01/14/2020 at 5:30pm - 6:00pm
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  CATCHING UP WITH TIM LEDWITH Last year, we spoke with Tim Ledwith, who was assaulted on NE Broadway in 2018 by Proud Boys Tusitala "Tiny" Toese and Donovan Flippo. That interview, which details the incident, can be found here. In early 2019, renewed scrutiny on police i... Read more

December 17, 2019

Airs at: Tue, 12/17/2019 at 5:30pm - 6:00pm
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  On this week's show, we focus on the December 4 meeting of the Citizen Review Committee, whose meeting we have covered on a number of previous shows. The first part is dedicated to the "Chair's Report" segment of the meeting, in which the increasingly frustrated CRC memb... Read more

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

Airs at: Tue, 09/24/2019 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

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