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In addition, the Pearl District Business Association will likely put together a letter supporting the Old Town request, and also asking that the Pearl District be included in the Drug Free Zone, says Adele Nofieldpresident of the association. Dunn wonders if what has emboldened the drug users is a change in policy announced by the Multnomah County district attorney in late summer.

We feel like there are other solutions to safety issues in our community. All of which is likely to revive a longstanding Portland controversy. In response, the Old Town Chinatown Neighborhood Association — composed of residents and business owners — is drafting a letter that should arrive next week at the office of Mayor Sam Adamsasking Adams and the City Council to reinstate the controversial Drug and Prostitution Free Exclusion Zone for this section of the city.

Mayor Tom Potter favored letting the zone ordinances expire after an independent analysis produced some eye-opening data. But he thinks twice about approaching a large group of dealers without a partner. They continue to conduct their business a block away from the Sally McCracken, a Central City Concern apartment building for people in recovery.

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On the other side are those who prevailed three years ago by arguing that, because the majority of the people who ended up being excluded from Old Town for drugs or prostitution were black, the police were using the zone as a racial profiling tool. Adams told the Tribune Tuesday that he had not yet received the letter from the Old Town Chinatown Neighborhood Association but that he did not think reinstituting the Drug and Prostitution Free Zones was the best way to address the problem.

Turner, who is black, is aware of why the exclusion zone was allowed to expire back in But his focus is on the street.

The zone, in use for 15 years, gave police the ability to issue a neighborhood exclusion notice to anyone arrested in Old Town for a drug offense or prostitution. Powered by WordPress. Sisters serves the homeless community in Old Town, and Geigle-Teller has attended some of the many neighborhood meetings held in recent months about the issue. I want to get out right now. Stephanie Dotybarista at nearby Pints coffee shop and bar on Northwest Fifth Avenue, says she looked out her front window recently and saw a woman on her hands and knees licking a sidewalk bench — scene of regular drug deals — in hopes of tasting some drug residue.

From the Portland Tribune, February 10, Five a. Opponents of a Drug Free Zone cite a study, which showed the zone was being used to discriminate against blacks picked up on drug charges.

February 11, No Comments. In Portland, crack cocaine is predominantly the domain of black gangs, and the crack trade happens to be centered in Old Town. The dealers have become more brazen and confrontational, Old Town residents say. Carl Leonard Roberts stands guard in front of the Sally McCracken apartments each morning, hoping to at least keep the Crack Alley action a block away.

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Turner says a neighborhood resident walking on this stretch of Sixth Avenue sidewalk right now would certainly get mugged. The trains, he says, provide quick transportation in and out of the neighborhood and an inconspicuous place to make deals.

On one side are Old Town residents and shop owners and many police officers, who believe that the Drug Free Zone deation was an important tool in helping them clean up Old Town, until the zone was allowed to expire three years ago. Nobody thinks they eliminate drug dealing; they just push it into other neighborhoods.

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Old Town is home to most of the social services supporting the homeless and addicts. Back in Crack Alley, the crack dealers are starting to disperse as the morning sun begins to hit the street. Turner says to make a dent in the drug trade in Old Town would require a police car with two officers dedicated to the area. Drug dealing in Old Town is nothing new, Turner explains, as we cruise by a group of 10 to 15 dealers and users on Northwest Sixth Street.

DRO report shows need for HB to reform the use of seclusion and restraint of students. Adams also said he would put a priority on finding funding for more addiction treatment as a means of combating the Old Town drug problem. These low-level dealers are desperate for cash, he says. Bottom line, she says, is that when the zone was in place before, it was used to discriminate on the basis of race.

One morning a man with his pants down around his ankles was standing up smoking crack right at the same spot — seemingly oblivious to the fact that he was visible to Doty and customers.

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Possession of less than a tenth of a gram of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine are no longer prosecuted, but instead are being handled as violations, much like traffic tickets. The Sally McCracken is home to people in recovery.

Zone discrimination? Geigle-Teller recognizes that the letter being drafted specifically seeks to make changes in the old exclusion zone law so that drug offenders who need to be in Old Town can still be there.

The early hours around sunrise are when drug dealing and use reach their peak in the section of Old Town known as Crack Alley. He stands here six days a week during the 5-to-6 a. If someone with an exclusion notice was found walking around Old Town he or she could be arrested on sight and taken to jail for a few hours — enough of an inconvenience for dealers to take their business elsewhere, Turner says.

Secondly, Geigle-Teller says, the exclusion lists were hard on people who needed to be in Old Town to see their parole officers or to access social services. But his attempt at a solution starts with finding funding so that the Multnomah County district attorney can prosecute even low-level drug-related crimes instead of treating them as violations. But, she says, inevitably the racial biases of a few, and the confusion as to which drug offenders could still enter the exclusion zone, would lead to curtailing important civil rights.

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That speaks to a critical part of the mostly unspoken debate over the exclusion laws. Adams said he was concerned about the drug problem in Old Town. Prime time on Crack Alley makes it easy to see how the dispute originated — virtually every dealer in sight is black. But what is different, according to neighborhood residents and shop owners, is an aggressiveness among the dealers and addicts that has many of the residents and employees afraid to walk alone at night.

Around the corner on Sixth Avenue, more negotiations for possible drug deals are under way. Roberts, a year-old veteran, has been standing on the corner of Sixth and Everett, outside the Sally McCracken Building, where he lives. On this Friday morning, our pre-sunrise guided tour by officer Daryl Turner reveals that business is brisk.

A few feet from the Loo, two men are firing up a crack pipe. But neither do the dealers seem to pay Roberts any mind.

Turner insists this scene would look different if the Drug Free Zone laws were in effect.