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Red & Black Cafe shows Police Officer the door

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[The story doesn't mention that Red and Black is an anarchist cafe. See their site here: http://redandblackcafe.com/ --DC]

http://tinyurl.com/34ov9ju Officer shown the door at SE Portland cafe by Anne Yeager kgw.com June 3, 2010 at 7:08 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Police Officer Jim Crooker said he was embarassed after a manager kicked him out of the Red and Black Cafe in Southeast Portland -- just because he was a uniformed officer.

"At first it was humiliating. I was there to get to know the neighborhood so I can offer better service," said Crooker.

May 18, Officer Crooker stopped at the cafe for a cup of coffee when he ran into customer Cornelia Seigneur. She wanted to tell him thank you for all of his hard work.

But one of the managers interrupted their conversation.

"As I recall, he said I don't feel safe with you here, " said Seigneur, "He's looking at the police officer. My daughter and I were stunned." But why would the manager kick out the police officer?

The Portland Police Bureau has faced public criticism and protests, after some recent high profile deadly shootings. Manager John Langley says police harass his customers, many of whom are homeless.

"To me, a uniformed officer doesn't represent safety. It makes me feel unsafe and my customers feel the same way." said Langley. Officer Crooker quickly obliged and walked out the door.

But the incident upset Cornelia Seigneur so much that the freelance writer wrote about it online.

"I was really shocked and disappointed. I was sad and I feel that a human being was being humiliated, " said Seigneur.

Langley mades no apologies. He said if he see a police officer, again, he would ask that officer to leave.

"The job of the police involves persecuting houseless people, immigrants, and having them in this space doesn't feel right."

Freedom Porn position

Freedom Porn participants and many of those who look at Freedom Porn are constantly harrassed by the cops, and we should not forget that in many countries cops are encouraged to eat at the public places so that the public see their uniformed presense constantly. It is important to support Red & Black Cafe and other establishments which say "No Police!"