The Royal and Ancient Order of American journalism precludes me from saying much on the merits of Jeremy Portje’s status in the club. I’ll only say this for reader edification and better understanding of the situation: On the broad scale of “journalism” these days, he’d be on the far left propagandist wing of the spectrum. Kind of a local low-rent version of James O’Keefe and Project Veritas.
That’s the unvarnished truth.
For those not up to date on the Portje Affair, he was arrested in Sausalito at the homeless encampment there on Monday, Nov. 30, for battery on a police officer and resisting a law enforcement officer with violence.
Mr. Portje is a protest gadfly about town who says he’s a videographer for the homeless in Marin. It’s also relevant to point out that he has a certain reputation in Novato for using his camera to chronicle protests in a way that is pushy and intimidating for some. It won’t take the DA long to figure out Mr. Portje’s status and M.O. for “reporting”, but I doubt that any of that will be the hinge upon which this case swings.
The question will (and should) simply be this: What happened in that initial confrontation? Did Mr. Portje comply with the police? Or not?
If he did anything other than to immediately and fully comply, he should face consequences.
This should be easy to determine. Don’t let this one linger, Madam DA.
A sidebar to the arrest of Jeremy Portje is this: Why in the world did the Novato City Council put this guy on the police advisory board in the first place? The advisory group is not a joke. It needs serious appointees. Instead, we now have the town’s No. 2 person in the group jailed for assaulting a police officer. Not funny.
He’s not the only dumb appointee on the advisory board, by the way. But, I suspect the Council knows this too. Somebody’s got to mop up this embarrassment.
OAKLAND DOES THE RIGHT THING
Oakland, the city that loves to hate police, has reversed itself on the “Defund The Police” mantra. As we pointed out here last week, the mayor proposed hiring more cops in the wake of the murder rate in the city going through the roof.
Well, last week the City Council voted to approve two new police academies and to use a professional recruiter to help lure experienced police officers amid a debate over how to keep the city safe in the face of a spike in violent crime.
First, good for Oakland. This is a step in the right direction.
Second, Oakland’s going to need one hell of a recruiter because in the law enforcement world, the city’s reputation is mud.
NEWS OF THE WEEK
“Taking Viagra cuts the risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 69% and it could be prescribed to beat dementia, study suggests.” Now, if we can only remember to take Viagra.
ONE MORE THING
– Save the Earth. It’s the only planet with beer.
– I am officially “you look good for your age” years old.
– How does Moses make his coffee? Hebrews it.
– Beware of the dog. (The cat is shady as hell, too.)
– Put the politicians on minimum wage and see how fast things change.
It’s been a newsy end of the year in Marin, has it not? We know you have a lot of options. Thanks for reading us. Please, be kind to those you meet, laugh a little and always question authority.
(Sherman Frederick is an award-winning journalist and publisher of Marin’s community newspapers — the Novato Advance, San Rafael News-Pointer, Mill Valley Herald, Ross Valley Reporter, Twin City Times and the Sausalito Marin Scope. He is co-founder of Battle Born Media, a news organization dedicated to the preservation of community newspapers. You can reach him by email at email@example.com.)