Councilwoman: Protests due to ‘white male privilege’

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The first black woman to be elected to Portland’s City Council says “white male privilege” is to blame for disruptions and raucous protests during weekly council meetings.

KGW reports Jo Ann Hardesty , who joined the Council this year, said in a statement Tuesday the men act “disruptive, disrespectful and self-centered,” and those behaviors may discourage first-timers from visiting the council and participating in local politics. The longtime Portland activist said she ran with a promise that anyone and everyone will have a “respectful interaction” with leaders at City Hall.

Protests are common at Portland City Hall, sometimes by members off anti-fascist, or “antifa,” groups who cover their faces with masks and hoods.

FORMER DEPUTY-CHARGES

Former deputy accused of sexual abuse

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy is being held without bail after being accused of raping a woman and sexually abusing a minor while working for a Salem security company that previously contracted with Salem-Keizer Public Schools.

The Statesman Journal reports that 28-year-old Jorge Ulises Serrano of Woodburn, Oregon, was arrested Jan. 10. He was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse, second-degree sexual abuse and using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Serrano had an attorney.

Serrano was a deputy for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office from July 10, 2017, until he was discharged on Nov. 14, 2018, according to the Oregon Criminal Justice Information Records Inquiry System.