Unified Command Takes New Steps To Stop Violence

The Unified Command in Portland released the following statement:

On Friday, November 6th, Unified Command learned of a planned demonstration scheduled for 8 p.m., at Director Park in Downtown Portland. As part of an ongoing proactive policing effort under the unified command, officers saturated the park ahead of the scheduled gathering time and performed high visibility patrols in the downtown core. Officers allowed individuals to gather and encouraged a safe and lawful demonstration. Officers, some on foot and others on bicycles, remained in the park and talked openly with several dozen demonstrators for hours. Topics ranged from voting, to how police shootings are investigated. By 11 p.m., both demonstrators and officers had left the park.

Because of the additional resources available under the unified command structure, law enforcement officers performed 26 traffic stops in Downtown Portland. Deputies issued three criminal citations and one moving violation.

Proactive policing efforts are expected to continue this weekend.

Governor Kate Brown announced on Friday:

In order to continue to keep the peace and protect free speech in Portland this weekend, Governor Kate Brown today extended her executive order under ORS Chapter 401 to create a joint incident command structure for public safety. The order, which had been set to expire at 5:00 p.m today, has been extended until Sunday, November 8, at 5:00 p.m., unless earlier rescinded or extended.

“As we enter the weekend, I am calling on Oregonians to express themselves peacefully,” said Governor Brown. “We have a long history of exercising our First Amendment rights in Oregon, but political violence, intimidation, and property destruction solve nothing."

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