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article imageObama Campaign Places Porta-Potties on Portland Police Memorial

By Lew Waters     May 28, 2008 in Politics
Campaign workers for the Barack Obama campaign have outraged members of the Portland, Oregon Police Department for deciding to place Porta-Potties for the record crowd on the Portland Police Memorial.
In the recent weeks Portland, Oregon hosted a record turn-out for a campaign visit of Barack Obama. Some 75,000 are reported to have attended. For security and crowd control, several off-duty members of the Portland Police Department were called in to assist.
Seven-year veteran of the Portland Police, Thomas Brennan was one called in and who was only too happy to assist. Brennan was assigned to crowd control near the Memorial and arriving on station, noticed several Porta-Potties placed inside the fenced off area of the Portland Police Memorial.
Officer Brennan had attended a Memorial Service at the site just days before honoring Portland Police Officers who have been killed in the line of duty. He noticed the flag flying at the Memorial was still flying at half-mast.
"There was plenty of room elsewhere so space wasn't an issue. So someone used some really poor decision making, whoever elected to put them there. I mean, it's somewhat hallowed ground, I guess you could call it," Officer Brennan said.
In all fairness, he added, "Not for a moment do I think that Mr. Obama had anything to do with this. But somebody at his campaign at a local level made the decision to put them there. And I just want an acknowledgement: 'Hey, we made a mistake.'"
He and others from the Portland Police Department have asked for an apology from the Obama campaign.
Teri Sorenson, local campaign representative responded with, "the Porta-Potties were placed at the memorial because of a safety issue for wheelchair access. There was no disrespect intended."
The Obama Campaign has not responded or apologized for such an egregious disrespect of a Memorial Site.
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