Oregon Police Officers Leave Dog in Car to Die After Arresting Woman


Oregon cops have been sued by a woman who claims officers arrested her under questionable circumstances, then left her dog in her car for 17 days where she found it dead upon her release from custody.

Tamala Bemis filed the lawsuit in federal court last week against the City of Eugene, officer Brad Hanneman and several unnamed officers.

The suit claims the officers violated her civil rights and engaged in “conscience-shocking conduct” by refusing to contact her brother, whom she requested to tend to her 13-year-old red heeler named Magic inside her car parked in a cul-de-sac.

“That Magic died in such a cruel fashion, alone without water, and in extreme heat, haunts her to this very day,” the lawsuit, which can be read below, states.

Bemis stated to police during her detainment on October 5, 2015 that Magic was inside a nearby parked vehicle and that she feared the dog would die from overheating or starve to death with no food and water.

An in-car dash cam recorded Bemis repeatedly telling officers about the dog as well as the location and make of her car.

However, she was unable to provide a phone number for her brother, although she did provide her mother’s phone number and gave them directions to her car.

“I think they should have broken into the car to save the dog,” her attorney, Jeff Dominic Price of California, told Oregon Live on Monday.

Bemis told KATU she had gone for a bike ride and left Magic in the car with the engine running and the heat on.

She was arrested during her ride after Eugene Police suspected her of being connected with a burglary in the area after receiving a call about a male and female suspect on bicycles.

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Tons Of Animals Have Floated From Japan To Oregon On Plastic Junk

The morning of June 5, 2012, invasive species researcher John Chapman’s wife, who works for the health department in Newport, Oregon, told him he had to go with her to see a mysterious object that had washed onto the town’s beach. Chapman was initially skeptical that the beached mass would be of any interest to him, scientifically speaking. The Oregon police and parks service were already at the scene, checking the large concrete slab for radiation. A plaque said the object was a fisheries dock from Misawa, Aomori Prefecture, Japan, but Chapman only had to glance at the creatures stuck to the plastic to know the source. “I was completely shocked to see all these Asian species on this dock,” he says.

That object was a small chunk of many tons of plastic garbage launched into the sea in 2011, after an earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, according to a new study in Science. Invertebrates like the Japanese shipworm and the Asian shore crab — and even a few species of fish—colonized the debris, forming floating islands of garbage and sea creatures.

These floating piles of junk traveled more than 4,350 miles to land on U.S. coastlines. They started showing up in late 2011, and will no doubt continue to arrive in the years to come. These heaps of slimy stowaways carry the threat of foreign invasion by creatures that could thrive in vulnerable U.S. ecosystems. And they’re a signal that the millions of tons of plastic trash circulating through the ocean may be transporting organisms all over the world.

“We were supremely confident that organisms did not drift passively on debris and floating objects across the ocean,” says Chapman, who works at Oregon State University. “Sometimes in your life, you learn a powerful lesson in an instant.”

Though Newport officials immediately cleaned the slab of any newcomers, researchers are concerned that some marine life slipped off in unobserved areas. “We found merely 300 species,” says James Carlton, a marine researcher at Williams-Mystic. “We assume that many more arrived that we did not sample.” Both professional and citizen scientists have been on high alert in Washington and Oregon, where at least 634 objects have landed over the past six years. They’re carefully monitoring the coastal ecosystems for any signs of disturbance. Historically, invasive species aren’t a nuisance in their former ecosystems, and would probably not present themselves as a problem for several years after arrival. It’s only later, once their lack of natural predators in the new habitat has allowed them to flourish, that they tend to overwhelm local critters. “We will try to keep our finger on the pulse of any new invasions,” says Carlton.

It’s impossible to tell which, if any, of the arriving species will cause damage to the West Coast ecosystem. But some of the organisms they found have wreaked havoc elsewhere: For example, the Oregon scientists noticed Wakame, a subtly sweet but potentially disastrous edible seaweed that divers and scientist frantically cleared from the San Francisco Bay after an outbreak in 2009. They also found the Northern Pacific seastar, a colorful echinoderm with a massive appetite that has cost Tasmania about one billion dollars in lost fishing revenue. And that’s only the tip of the trash-berg.

Even if the U.S. escapes the acquisition of a new pest this time around, the chances of another catastrophe jettisoning garbage across the ocean are high. An earthquake could rip the west coast apart any timeClimate change increases the chance of extreme hurricanes and typhoons. It’s striking that Japan, which has the best disaster preparation in the world, was the first place scientists saw this sort of intercontinental travel.

“Massive storm activity caused by climate change has potential to sweep the infrastructure off the coast,” says Carlton. The appearance of the tsunami debris did have a positive impact on disaster awareness in west coast communities, however. “The Hatfield Marine Science Laboratory, where I am at this moment, is in direct harm’s way from a similarly large tsunami expected to strike the Oregon coast in the next fifty to one hundred years,” says Chapman via email. “There were not tsunami evacuation drills here before 2012.”

While protecting people is the top priority in emergencies, dealing with the environmental aftermath is becoming increasingly important. Disaster debris used to be biodegradable: Wood would rot and get eaten by ship worms as it made its way across the ocean, and paper would melt into pulp. But not anymore. “These docks weighed 188 tons each. Impregnated with styrofoam. Incredibly well made,” says Chapwell. “And they’re unsinkable.” Plastic is infamously durable. Even after the trials of ultraviolet radiation from the sun and mechanical trauma from the waves, plastic persists. “Engineers have created it to last for a long time,” says Skye Morét, a marine scientist and a visual strategist at Periscopic. “The fact that these species were able to get here shows why plastic is kind of a problem.”

However, Moret says that huge natural disasters do not cause the same environmental damage as cumulative smaller-scale storms, which can also send garbage out to sea. “Big picture—if we could focus on stopping plastic from entering the ocean during floods, that would help mitigate the problem the most,” she says.

The Japanese government donated $5 million to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help with tsunami debris cleanup in the U.S. But that’s only to take care of the garbage coming direct from Japan—only a tiny fraction of the more than 4.8 million tons of plastic that clog currents and wash onto shorelines all over the world. “That enormous injection of debris into the ocean is minor compared to everything that was out there,” says Chapman.

Even without future catastrophes, this huge amount of plastic could be a new mode of transoceanic travel for troublesome species. “This revealed clearly that this is a new connection between the continents,” says Chapman.

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An Oregon Wildfire is Blazing in the Eclipse's Path of Totality

A wildfire that began Tuesday has already burned about 6,888 acres right in the middle of the Great American Solar Eclipse’s path of totality.

About 600 residents in the area were evacuated Friday, and fire officials said the fire was 0% contained as of that day, CNN reported. Another 1,085 people were put on a pre-evacuation notice as well.

Authorities are saying the wildfire is a public safety priority as the eclipse approached, according to CNN. The area is expected to see about 34 seconds of totality. More than 200 state and local fire fighters are working on containing the wildfire.

“State agencies are already working around the clock and across the state, and as we get closer to the total solar eclipse, we’ll need all resources available to keep communities, visitors, and property safe. I appreciate the dedication and hard work of our state and local fire crews and thank the Oregon National Guard for providing additional support,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in a statement.

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Oregon wildfire causes evacuations in prime eclipse zone

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Residents of more than 400 homes in a prime eclipse-viewing location in Oregon were ordered to evacuate Friday because of a rapidly growing wildfire that had already closed access to a portion of a wilderness area and a regional highway.

The late afternoon order threatened to create more tie-ups on rural and narrow roads already expected to be burdened with up to 200,000 visitors coming to the area from all over the world to watch Monday’s total solar eclipse. About 1 million people are expected in Oregon, where the moon’s shadow first makes landfall in the continental U.S.

The nearly 11-square-mile (28-square-kilometer) wildfire in the Deschutes National Forest was about six miles (9 kilometers) west of the town of Sisters, which sits on the southern edge of the 70-mile swath of Oregon where the moon will completely blot out the sun.

Sisters itself will experience 34 seconds of totality and is a popular tourist destination even without an eclipse brewing, but heavy smoke and the rapidly growing fire have prompted officials to close nearby campsites, recreational areas and roads.

So far fire crews have not been able to contain any part of the wildfire and the McKenzie Pass Highway 242 has been closed between Highway 126 and Sisters, said Susie Heisey, a public information officer with Central Oregon Dispatch.

The closures will likely have a big impact on people traveling through the region for the eclipse, she said, and the risk is high for more conflagrations in the area with so many campers.

“There’s absolutely no campfires allowed and no burning allowed. So we’re just hoping that everyone that’s here to enjoy the eclipse” follows the rules, Heisey said.

Nearly two dozen other fires are also burning in Oregon, including nine more in the best eclipse-viewing zone. Large portions of the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, in central Oregon’s Willamette National Forest, are also closed.

Elsewhere, fire officials in Montana ordered additional evacuations Friday night after earlier telling residents of 750 homes to flee a fire that jumped control lines in gusty winds. The 30-square-mile (76 square kilometer) blaze on forest land, southwest of the town of Lolo, was started by lightning in July but blew up late Wednesday.

Two homes burned Friday and several outbuildings burned late Thursday. Evacuations were in effect along the U.S. Highway 93 and U.S. Highway 12 corridors. The town of Florence was under an evacuation warning.

In California, crews fighting a fire in Yosemite National Park were trying to guide the flames away from the small town of Wawona and into wilderness. The fire has closed campgrounds and trails in the park but authorities have not ordered anyone to leave. No structures have been damaged.

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Associated Press Writers Rebecca Boone in Boise, Idaho; Amy Beth Hanson in Helena, Montana; and Dan Elliott in Denver, Colorado contributed to this report.

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Oregon Sets Major Precedent—Will No Longer Treat Drug Possession as a Felony

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Oregon — A wise person once said that insanity can be defined by doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. If we apply this definition to the war on drugs, then every proponent of it needs to be locked in a psychiatric hospital. Not only has kidnapping and caging people for possessing arbitrary substances not worked — but it’s made it far worse.

Using government force, ie the police, to curb addiction has had disastrous results. Not only has the drug war given the United States the world record for the largest prison population but it’s also given rise to one hellish police state. Luckily, however, a very small group of bureaucrats has been able to chip away at the drug war, by slowly rolling back the laws which allow it to continue.

Oregon is one such place.

A new bill, signed into law this week by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown makes personal and possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other hard drugs a misdemeanor instead of a felony.

Oregon now joins a tiny minority of other states that have stopped throwing drug addicts in cages.

Naturally, the ardent drug warriors are furious for several reasons. First off, the District Attorney, Rick Wesenberg said, “The bottom line is that it gives drug users and abusers more freedom to break the law with less consequences.”

Wesenberg is one of those individuals who fit the definition of insanity and thinks that continuing to kidnap and cage people for using drugs may some day have a different result.

“Douglas County is in opioid crisis, and in a meth crisis, and in a heroin crisis,” Wesenberg said. “The governor and the Legislature just blunted law enforcement’s most effective tool in combating drug addiction.”

If this tool was so effective, why — over the last 5 decades — has it failed? Every. Single. Time.

Wesenberg was joined in his fear mongering by Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny, who said, “To change the classification of this behavior from a felony to a misdemeanor is tantamount to telling our school children that tomorrow it will be less dangerous to use methamphetamine than it is today.”

Both Wesenberg and Marteeny, however, are very misguided. Research shows — as in the case of Portugal — decriminalizing drugs and treating addicts instead of caging them, can produce paradigm shattering results.

Sadly, however, instead of helping people, who clearly have physical and mental addictions and need help, most state governments still lock people in cages when they catch them with drugs.

However, research — according to many law enforcement officials — shows that the cost of incarceration, especially for repeat drug offenders, is far higher than simply treating their addiction.

The good news is that people like Wesenberg and Marteeny are quickly finding themselves obsolete. Law enforcement across the country are realizing that treatment — not cages — curbs the problem of addiction far more successfully. This includes cops in Oregon too.

As Oregon’s News-Review notes, among the bill’s supporters, are the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police and the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, which said felony convictions include unintended consequences, including barriers to housing and employment. But the two groups, in a letter to a state senator who backed the bill, said the new law “will only produce positive results if additional drug treatment resources accompany this change in policy.”

The good news in this regard is that cops and local governments are changing their policy — and it is working.

These changes in policy have led to the creation of the Angel Program.

The concept of helping addicts instead of criminalizing them is such a success, it’s been adopted by 200 police agencies in 28 states.

Aside from the angel program, stopping the war on drugs is also having a heavy effect on reducing opioid overdoses.

As TFTP has reported at length, states with legal cannabis see far fewer overdoses than those who cage people for the plant.

Solutions to this epidemic exist, but in order for them to be successful, government must legalize freedom and admit that the war on drugs is an epic failure. While things may seem bleak, these tiny changes are already beginning to have a major positive effect.

Soon enough, the dinosaurs who continue to push the drug war will be seen as the tyrants they are. To all those in law enforcement, you will do well to place yourself on the right side of history — which, most assuredly, does not involve kidnapping, caging, and killing people in a failed war to control what those people do with their own bodies.

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Oregon Becomes The First State To Decriminalize Cocaine, Meth, Ecstasy, Heroin & More






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Right here lies another perfect and amazing example of how we can actively create the type of world we want to live in by raising awareness about issues in our society today that may require an upgrade. Oregon’s state legislature just cut penalties for drug possession in a bill that also aims to reduce racial profiling by law enforcement agencies.

Does it make sense that you should go to jail for carrying around these substances, some of which people are addicted to and cannot function without? Is the solution to put such people in jail for their illness? Or should we invest more time and funding into education programs and treatment facilities? It is worth noting that many of the people charged with possession are not even dealers or drug addicts; they just happen to use drugs recreationally and were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Do these people really deserve the harsh punishment of jail time and a criminal record? It is one thing to sell and traffic illegal drugs, another entirely to simply have them in your possession. These laws desperately need to be reevaluated and it’s wonderful to see Oregon leading the way in this modern upheaval of an old and failed system.

It wasn’t too long ago that marijuana was decriminalized in many states and across Canada. This has proved to be beneficial for communities, judicial systems, drug trafficking — even addiction. We have seen the benefits from this move in action, so it looks like Oregon is taking note, and acknowledging that taking substances does not make someone a criminal.

Have We Learned From Portugal?

One fine example of what happens when you decriminalize illegal drugs possession can be seen in Portugal, which decriminalized the use of all drugs in 2001. This includes marijuana, heroin, cocaine, meth — you name it. Portugal made the decision to treat use and possession (in small quantities) as a public health issue rather than a criminal issue.

Since passing these laws, Portugal now has one of the lowest instances of drug related deaths in Europe, a statistic that runs directly counter to the rhetoric of our anti-drug laws and the deeply misguided War on Drugs. Making these substances less illegal actually saves more lives in the end, as those suffering from drug abuse are met with a helping hand rather than a jail sentence, and this has been monumental in treating the issues that once plagued Portugal.

Portugal has proved that the decriminalization of drugs doesn’t come with the dire consequences that many predicted. The Transform Drug Policy Institute said in its analysis of Portugal’s drug laws, “The reality is that Portugal’s drug situation has improved significantly in several key areas. Most notably, HIV infections and drug-related deaths have decreased, while dramatic rise in use feared by some has failed to materialize. “

What The New Laws Entail

H.B. 2355 passed both the House and Senate in early July, and it reduces possession of illegal drugs to misdemeanours rather than felonies as long as the person in possession has no other prior convictions. A press release issued on July 7 by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum states that the bill provides for “reduction of penalties for lower level drug offenders. The bill also reduces the maximum penalty for Class A misdemeanors by one day to avoid mandatory deportation for misdemeanants.”

The text of the bill says that drugs such as MDMA, cocaine, meth, oxycodone, LSD, and heroin are decriminalized in small amounts. Each drug listed is accompanied by the following text, which indicates that possession is only a felony if:

(a) The person possesses a usable quantity of the controlled substance and:

(A) At the time of the possession, the person has a prior felony conviction;

(B) At the time of the possession, the person has two or more prior convictions for               unlawful possession of a usable quantity of a controlled substance;

This bill also enforces guidelines and requirements to reduce government profiling based on an “individual’s real or perceived age, race, ethnicity, colour, national origin, language, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion, homelessness or disability unless the agency or officer is acting on a suspect description or information related to an identified or suspected violation of a provision of law.”

What Potential Does This Create?

Lessening these laws can make way for greater flexibility when it comes to testing the effects of certain drugs on mental illnesses. If these substances are no longer illegal, then research groups such as the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and John Hopkins University can go further with their research and finally receive the funding necessary to bring these methods of treatment to the mainstream.

It will be interesting to see how these new laws unfold and what we are able to observe and learn about drug use, addiction, and criminal drug trafficking. It is my hope that we see similar results in Oregon as we did in Portugal, and that this will start a worldwide reform on drug use and punishment.

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Oregon Zionism Gone Wild ~ Unbridled Zippers: Passes Bill For Free Abortions

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SALEM, OR—The Oregon House of Representatives passed HB 3391, known as the Reproductive Health Equity Act, which requires health insurers and taxpayers to fund free abortions for residents and illegal immigrants. The bill passed 33-23 last Saturday and has now advanced to the state Senate for consideration.

The bill would force health insurers to provide free abortions without a co-pay. HB 3391 also would set aside $10.2 million tax dollars for abortions, contraception and other reproductive health services for 2017 through 2019 in Medicaid. An Oregon Health Authority official testified that this bill will provide almost $500,000 more for abortions, which will go to Planned Parenthood.

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The Pro-Choice [infanticide] Coalition of Oregon, which includes Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, took credit for devising the bill and praised legislators for its passage.

The measure provides an abortion exemption for churches and religious nonprofits, notably Providence Health Plans, a Catholic-sponsored health care group that covers 260,000 Oregonians and had threatened to exit the individual and group insurance markets if forced to cover the procedure.

However, the so-called religious exemption within the bill does not guarantee insurance options that do not cover abortions. Currently, almost all insurance companies in Oregon offer plans that cover abortions, but that is not a requirement under law.

HB 3391 would force health insurance companies to cover abortions and let them decide whether to provide a separate abortion-free plan for religious organizations.

“The Reproductive Health Equity Act is just another political gift to help fund Planned Parenthood and the murder of more preborn babies,” said Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel’s Founder and Chairman.

“It is appalling that the Oregon House would even consider, much less pass, this type of murderous legislation. I strongly encourage the state Senate to reject HB 3391. We cannot continue to fund the nation’s largest abortion chain, which ends the lives of over 320,000 children every year. We must make the womb a safe place again,” said Staver.

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Drug War’s End: Oregon Is Expunging Pot Records

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(David Downs)  Oregon has taken the lead in righting some of the wrongs of the War on Weed. On Monday, The New York Times reported on Oregon’s leadership in expunging marijuana violations from citizens’ records.

Even simple pot tickets can haunt someone for the rest of his or her life, sabotaging job hiring and other milestones. So Portland’s Metropolitan Public Defender’s office is running “expungement clinics” to forever seal records of past pot crimes.

The Times interviewed a 43-year-old mother dogged by a pot ticket from her twenties. She handed a bong to a cop more than two decades ago, and it has disqualified her for jobs and she couldn’t volunteer at her kid’s school. Now, no one will see that conviction ever again.

No state has gone further than Oregon, experts say.

Anyone with any low-level felony or misdemeanor on their record that’s at least ten years old can wipe their record clean, if they have not re-offended. In 2016, more serious felony pot convictions, like growing, will be eligible for record sealing.


One new law says courts must use the standards of current law — full marijuana legalization — when considering clearing records. Citizens who were under 21 at the time of their bust are eligible for fast-track records-clearing.

The Times notes:

Clearing a record of past convictions, even in states where recreational marijuana has been legalized, remains controversial. In Colorado, prosecutors have wide latitude to oppose such applications and often do, especially in cases in which a person faced more serious felony charges, like drug manufacturing, but pleaded guilty to a lesser offense like simple possession.

California also faces the massive issue of people currently and formerly incarcerated for acts that might no longer be a crime.

For the first time in a century, certain marijuana activity is fully legal in the state under new California medical marijuana regulations. Patients don’t just have “limited immunity”, new license-holders will be 100 percent legal. The catch is: felony convictions, say for distributing marijuana, disqualify potential licensees. Senate Bill 643 reads:

“The licensing authority may deny the application for licensure or renewal of a state license if any of the following conditions apply: … The applicant or licensee has been convicted of an offense that is substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of the business or profession for which the application is made, … includ[ing]…:
(A) A felony conviction for the illegal possession for sale, sale, manufacture, transportation, or cultivation of a controlled substance.
(B) A violent felony conviction, …
(C) A serious felony conviction, …
(D) A felony conviction involving fraud, deceit, or embezzlement.”

Any adult-use legalization initiative that appears on the ballot will face controversy for either releasing people convicted of crimes that no longer exist, or keeping them in jail.

Groups like the California ACLU and the California NAACP are also working to ensure that former pot felons can get licensed in the legal industry.


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