Category Archives: Dept. of Justice

State Settles With Johnson, Harmon Johnson

The state of Oregon has settled with the former head of the Department of Justice’s civil rights division, and with the current president and CEO of the Urban League of Portland. Erious Johnson and Nkenge Harmon Johnson, who are married, filed legal claims with the state agencies that employed them in 2015 and 2016 respectively. […]
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Erious Johnson Says Oregon Department Of Justice Didn’t Show ‘Loyalty’ In Civil Rights Case

About two years ago, the Oregon Department of Justice announced that the head of its civil rights division, an African-American man named Erious Johnson, had been caught up in digital surveillance by the department itself because he used the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and tweeted the well-known logo of the rap group Public Enemy. Source: Erious Johnson Says Oregon Department Of […]
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Oregon sues to obtain stats on DACA arrests

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined attorneys general from nine other states to demand federal agencies hand over information on the number of Dreamer arrests and detention locations. Oregon has joined nine other states in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for failing to release public information detailing the detention and deportation […]
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Amazon In Oregon | Erious Johnson – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Amazon is set to receive more tax breaks from Oregon than any other state. Suzanne Stevens, editor of the Portland Business Journal, discusses Amazon’s growing footprint in Oregon and the possible location of the company’s second headquarters. We talk to Erious Johnson, who recently stepped down as the director of the civil rights at the […]
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Former Oak Lodge officials hit with fines for electioneering

Dan Bradley and Michael Read fined $250 each for multiple infractions of election laws related to the district consolidation ballot measures State officials have fined former Oak Lodge managers for illegal campaigning on the May 2016 measures that consolidated the local water and sewer districts into Oak Lodge Water Services. Source: Pamplin Media Group – […]
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Amazon In Oregon | Portland Thorns | Erious Johnson | Jim Pepper . Radio

We talk to Erious Johnson, who recently stepped down as the director of the civil rights at the Oregon Department of Justice. Source: Amazon In Oregon | Portland Thorns | Erious Johnson | Jim Pepper . Radio | OPB

 Why was the target of DOJ profiling forced to leave?

Revelations of Oregon Department of Justice agents monitoring social media activity by the agency’s head civil rights attorney Erious Johnson Jr. for using a Black Lives Matter hashtag garnered international headlines in late 2015. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Why was the target of DOJ profiling forced to leave?

DOJ finds no evidence of criminal conduct by Sheriff Palmer

Investigation limited to potentially criminal matters. The Oregon Department of Justice announced its investigation into complaints about Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer revealed no evidence of criminal conduct. At least eight people sent formal complaints about Palmer to Oregon’s police licensing agency after he met with people who participated in the 41-day occupation of the […]
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Oregon will join lawsuit against Trump’s plan to stop Obamacare insurance subsidies

Oregon health officials are still scrambling to respond to President Donald Trump’s decision to cut off payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act. But one thing is clear: The state plans to fight the president’s plan. State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Friday that Oregon is joining California’s lawsuit to protect the subsidies that […]
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Oregon hopes to offset loss of ACA payments

State suing Trump administration to continue ACA payments. Oregon lost a significant source of federal funding under the Affordable Care Act Thursday, but state regulators believe they’ve worked out a plan to ensure the loss is offset by squeezing more money from a different ACA funding stream. The state’s Department of Consumer and Business Services […]
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