Daily Wire reported that after three months of chaos in Portland, Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown announced a strategy that is intended to bring the chaos to an end.
Brown stated that she hopes to “protect free speech and end violence in Portland” in a statement issue on day of a person was killing during a clash at the protest. A member associated with both Antifa and Black Lives Matter is reportedly being considered a suspect by law enforcement.
The governor has requested assistance from surrounding police departments. Clackamas, Washington, and Gresham counties have reportedly been asked to lend officers to help contest the riots. She has also assembled a community group consisting of community leaders, Black Lives Matter organizers and government officials that will focus on making improvements to the police department.
The neighboring sheriffs departments did not all rush to Portland’s aid as some opted to not send any officers.
Sheriff Craig Roberts from Clackamas county was skeptical that the request was “about changing policy not adding resources has reportedly refused to send any of his deputies to Portland.
— Kellee Azar (@KelleeAzar) August 31, 2020
Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett published a statement announcing his refusal to send deputies to Portland. He wrote; “The lack of political support for public safety, the uncertain legal landscape, the current volatility combined with intense scrutiny on use of force presents an unacceptable risk if deputies were deployed directly.”
Statement from Sheriff Pat Garrett pic.twitter.com/8I3pdVaiCn
— Washington County Sheriff’s Office (@WCSOOregon) September 1, 2020
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The Oregon Association Chiefs of Police also slammed the recent decisions made by Democratic-elected officials in Portland, saying that their plan of “abandoning Law Enforcement or the need for policing is not working.”
“Over the weekend, members of our associations were approached to assist with policing in the City of Portland,” the association said. “Unfortunately, due to the lack of support for public safety operations, the associated liability to agencies who would be assisting in Portland and the lack of accountability for those arrested committing criminal acts, we cannot dedicate our limited resources away from the communities we serve.”