Mayor and Police Chief Lied about Crime

Reese and Adams at Press Conference to Announce Crime Rates up at Occupy Encampment

A conversation with Ted Clark and James Schwartz

Ted Clark doesn’t believe all he hears. When he read reports that one of the reasons why Sam Adams decided to evict Occupy Portland from its encampment was that the City of Portland and its Police Bureau claimed Occupy had sparked an “increase of crime,” he didn’t believe it.

“I never saw any information to back up that claim,” he explains, “so I decided to investigate for myself, using their own statistics on Crime Mapper It turns out it was all a lie, plain and simple. They lied, and they knew they were lying, and they made no attempt to document their evidence because they knew the evidence would prove them wrong.

“The Mayor and the Police Chief lied to the citizens of Portland regarding the crime issue. There was a decrease in crime in other areas of the city, and overall, even accounting for a few areas of increase near the encampment that might be simply due to the increase in population density, there was an overall reduction in crime. I have files with all the maps for all the crime categories.”

The fact that Adams and Reese lied to the people of Portland makes Clark angry enough that he feels Sam Adams ought to fire Mike Reese and then resign from office himself. But that’s not all that makes Ted Clark angry. He’s also furious about the way the police looked the other way when abuses were happening at the encampment.

Clark explains, “There were cops, both undercover agents and uniformed cops, right in among us at the encampment for weeks on end. Some crimes did occur at the encampment, but nothing was done about it. The cops stood around and picked their noses and ignored the crime. They did nothing about it. And why was that? Didn’t we deserve to be protected and served?”

Clark explains that his information is freely available to anyone who wants to do the work. It’s not hidden. It’s not subject to question. It’s all right there in the numbers.

Occupier James Schwartz is struck by the violence of shoppers on Black Friday and the fact that the police and city governments don’t seem to view that as a problem. He says, “Now let’s look at Black Friday. Corporations and big box stores create a frenzy for products by limiting quantities to less than they think people will buy. They know their Black Friday sales will cause a massive influx of people into their stores, yet they don’t provide the proper level of safety and security personnel, and they allow numerous outbreaks of violence by customers who are attracted to these deals. If anything, the violence hypes the merchandise. Somebody thinks, ‘If people are willing to fight for it, maybe I need to get some of it too.’

“Why is it we didn’t see police in riot gear at the big box stores? Why is it that people will endanger themselves to save a few bucks, but won’t turn out to peaceably protest the same corporations that are killing jobs, taking profits, and ruining the future for their kids and grandkids?” Schwartz concludes, “If people can get off their couches at midnight on Thanksgiving to go shop, why can’t they get off the couch on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to peaceably protest the corporate greed that enslaves us all?”


Portland Crimes Reported by Type  JULY-OCTOBER 2011     Source: Portland Bureau of Police CrimeMapper Centered on SW Alder and SW 3rd

Compiled by Ted Clark

JULY THRUOCT-2011Offense Number of Offenses
1.   Assaults 29 17 19 13 19.50 DWN   33%
2.   Burglaries 4 3 4 3 3.50 DWN   14%
3.   Larcenies 67 69 22 60 54.50 UP      10%
4.   Rapes 0 1 5 1 1.75 DWN   43%
5.   Robberies 10 14 6 4 8.50 DWN   53%
6.   Thefts from Auto 33 28 33 53 36.75 UP      44%
7.   Vehicle Thefts 8 4 9 5 6.50 DWN   33%
8.   Drug Violations 102 142 99 70 103.25 DWN   32%
9.   Simple Assaults 51 57 44 61 53.25 UP      15%
10. Vandalisms 29 20 22 47 29.50 UP      59%
11. Weapons Violations 5 3 5 3 4.00 DWN   25%
12. Disorderly Conduct 92 92 102 90 94.00 DWN     4%
13. Liquor Violations 135 180 163 113 147.75 DWN   24%
14. Trespass/Threats 86 98 84 61 82.25 DWN   26%


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  12 comments for “Mayor and Police Chief Lied about Crime

  1. Occupier Davis
    November 29, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Think perhaps Mayor Adams was instructed to spin these numbers during one of those conference calls on how to get rid of us? We aren’t going away until our grievances are heard and addressed by our elected officials. Seems they’d like to ignore all the problems and hoping the Occupation will just go away, but doing that will just end up losing them their jobs in the long run!

    • KendallOP
      November 29, 2011 at 7:07 PM

      Funny how all the mayors said the same thing, despite huge differences on the ground. Funny about that.

  2. Johny
    November 29, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    The data you’re looking at doesn’t address the possibility of cyclical patterns. It also doesn’t match the claim made by the city. I don’t believe everything I read, but I make sure to read it correctly. Below is the quote from the Oregonian article about the increase in crime.

    “Central Precinct Cmdr. Bob Day said crime in three policing districts surrounding or close to Chapman and Lownsdale squares has gone up by 18 percent during Occupy Portland’s presence from Oct. 6 through Nov. 6, compared to reported crimes in the same month a year ago. “

  3. November 29, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    What was that about “lies, damn lies and statistics” again?

  4. November 30, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    Funny about this whole thing! I had believed the crime spike anyway, but I also knew that the explanation for “increased” was due to the fact that there were more police in that neighborhood than ever before. Crime always reflects the willingness to prosecute. Obviously statistics would reflect an “increase” in crime with an increase in efforts and money to prosecute and criminalize the population (even when “everything being equal” etc.) But what we’ve seen is an increase in the police state, at a dark, dark level.

    Thanks for the info, I hope people know that it’s really up to us to live in reality – because if we’re not, we’re living in theirs.

  5. John Andersen
    November 30, 2011 at 5:10 AM


    This is the most important takeaway from all of this:

    We need the moral courage to live in reality, to stand up to lies, or we will simply be lemmings living in their surrealistic unreality.

  6. Anne T
    November 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Can someone follow up and request 2010 records for September and October? Then we can make the correct comparisons as Johny pointed out. I think there is an email address for more information on the CrimeMapper site.

  7. Rick Sherwood
    November 30, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    This is no surprise at all. Lying is what America’s politicians do, they LIE!! No surprise! And the bought and paid for major media willingly spread those LIES like wildfire. This is just one reason that intelligent, mature adults don’t believe a single word our politicians say anymore, it’s their track record of LIES, LIES, and more LIES. Have you all noticed how little coverage someone like Ron Paul gets on the major media? The powers that be don’t want a truthful person in office. They don’t want someone in office that they are unable to control. If you want real change, vote Paul for president.

  8. faciLITator
    November 30, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    My Grandma, MeeMee, always told me, “Statistics don’t lie but liars use statistics all the time”.
    Adams is a “lame duck” and Reese “decided not to run for mayor”. Who’s next–“Not-so-green Eileen” Brady, Charlie “Been here, done…?” Hales, Jefferson “Loose Canon” Smith? Has anybody seen their “position” on the Occupation?

  9. BigBobtail
    December 1, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Be very careful when you call someone a liar. Neither of them lied about the statistics. You could argue that they used handpicked statistics to mislead people (although you could also argue that they were misled themselves). There are many reasons for the statistics being higher: increased police, increased concentration of people, more vigilance of police in area.

    But the simple fact is they did not lie.
    Quick look at Downtown Precinct’s numbers for Oct 2010 vs Oct 2011:

    Part I Crimes – 182 vs 208
    Part IIA Crimes – 104 vs 144
    Part IIB Crimes – 96 vs 202

    Clear and large increase.

    Were these statistics fairly used? No. But let’s be careful about calling people liars because that could reflect badly on us.

  10. December 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Good points, BigBobtail.

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