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Almost two weeks later, year-old John Johnson was standing at the same downtown intersection, singing, when the cuffs were slapped on.

His backpack and skateboard were on the wrong part of the sidewalk, cops say. Instead, as they did for Cripps and 16 other transients last year, Portland police officers leveraged an oft-criticized Oregon statute to bring a criminal charge. Johnson is now a wanted man within the bounds of Multnomah County. The project, COPP for Oregon cop caught pissing, is a little-known enforcement tool used to target offenders with stepped-up consequences for crimes that, authorities say, have made the city feel dirty and unsafe: But late last month—in the face Oregon cop caught pissing questions from the Mercury about how the policy had been applied—the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office acknowledged the effort had gone off the rails.

It turns out cops weren't really targeting those "quality of life" offenses. Instead, at a time when police leadership and the mayor's office were talking about how much they'd like to revive Portland's controversial sit-lie law, the cops last year essentially made COPP sit-lie's secret sibling.

A ccording to documents released by the DA's office, 17 of 19 arrests and prosecutions under COPP have been based on violations of the city's sidewalk-use ordinance.

People were targeted for sleeping under bridges and in alcoves, for not leashing their dogs, and for having items in so-called "pedestrian-use zones.

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According to Oregon cop caught pissing review of the arrests, the district attorney's office believes many offenders are so-called "travelers," who descend on the city every summer. But prosecutors concede there's no scientific way to Oregon cop caught pissing that distinction. Additionally, 43 percent of the warnings that police handed out under COPP had to do with sidewalk offenses, according to a list provided by the prosecutor's office.

The sidewalk-use ordinance was enacted after sit-lie was ruled unconstitutional in Rather than prohibiting sitting and lying on sidewalks in general, it bans certain activities from 7 am to 9 pm.

Sparks says the verbiage was inserted into the memo by a deputy district attorney under his supervision. Sparks was alerted about the oversight in October—around the time COPP was extended beyond the initial four-month tryout.

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He says he gave word then that cops should stop using COPP to enforce the sidewalk law, but couldn't remember to whom. Multiple inquiries at the Portland Police Bureau on this point had not garnered an answer as of press time.

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And the DA's office didn't look, at that time, to see how many people had been arrested and subjected to stiffened penalties as a result of the mix-up all 17 of the sidewalk-related arrests had been made by October That didn't happen until the Mercury filed a public records request last month.

COPP—as it's supposed to work—uses the state's Oregon cop caught pissing with a peace officer" law to leverage increased penalties on crimes often associated with homelessness.

Police give out warnings for targeted misdeeds and add offenders' names to a lengthy list.


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