PNWFC Platform for District Attorneys
District Attorneys can help us hold prosecutors and police accountable, but we need district attorneys who are willing to commit. Read the new platform from PNWFC Family Members and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your organization would like to endorse this platform.
Silent Voices - a film by Donna Hayes
Silent Voices, a film by PNWFC Family Member Donna Hayes (Grandmother of Moose Hayes aka Quanice Hayes) has just won an award from the Regional Arts and Culture Council! Watch it for free right here.
“The police gave one account of what happened and of who Quanice “Moose” Hayes was, and that was and is the official word. And many Oregonians believed the police…Their judgments were based solely on the accounts of the people who had killed him. This was a situation Hayes sought to rectify: “I wanted to give my grandson his chance to tell his side of the story.” (From a great article by Bobby Bermea for ArtsWatch)
In loving memory of Moose Hayes and Sylvia Dollarson
Police Homicides Data
While some laws are requiring reporting and tracking of homicides by police, this is a recent development. In Oregon, we know that cities, police, and district attorneys are failing to report many community members’ deaths, even though the law requires it.
The following is a list of some ways non-governmental groups track this data, primarily using news articles on the internet.
- Fatal Encounters “creating an impartial, comprehensive, and searchable national database of people killed during interactions with police”
- Portland Copwatch. Tracks and publishes the names of loved ones killed in Oregon. Reports on police homicides throughout Oregon.
- Killed by Oregon Police. A facebook page listing loved ones killed in Oregon.
- The Counted. A database maintained by the newspaper The Guardian for the years of 2015 and 2016.
- Washington Post Police Shootings Database. National
- killedbypolice.net was a really great database we relied on for a long time, but the person who was doing this work was unable to continue. We have an old version of some of the data though that we may share on request.
- Report on experiences of Families of Loved Ones lost to police violence, by David Baker, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Conventry University
- Police Violence Trends by police department. Thanks to ssinyangwe for compiling this and other police killing data.
Laws on Police Accountability
- Legislation Info: Campaign Zero. “We can live in a world where the police don’t kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.”
From the Campaign Zero folks:
Oregon DA for the People
Pacific Northwest Family Circle is a proud partner in the Oregon DA for the People Coalition. A County’s District Attorney is the most powerful position in the local criminal legal system. Voters decide who has that power and what values drive their decisions. The Oregon DA for the People platform sends a message to DA candidates that, if elected, they must act on the values that will result in a just and fair local criminal legal system.
Visit the Oregon DA for the People website to:
- Read the demands, developed under the leadership of people most impacted by the criminal legal system
- Endorse the platform as an individual or organization
- Learn how to get involved