PORTLAND, OR – In a controversial move, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has activated and deployed the Oregon National Guard into sections of Portland to quell rioting and assist state, county, and city police with protestors.
The move is controversial because Governor Brown steadily refused federal assistance with the protests and riots that have been steadily occurring since June of this year.
Many have found her move ironic and disingenuous because she waited until after the national election to give the order, perhaps extending suffering and hardship for Portland’s residents and business owners.
Twelve people were arrested the evening after Election Day in Portland as protestors (rioters) marched through downtown, breaking windows, spraying graffiti and vandalizing property at small businesses, retailers, restaurants, places of worship, and community service facilities.
Portland Business Alliance President & CEO Andrew Hoan was obviously incensed by the delay on National Guard assistance:
“I find it beyond comprehension that anyone would continue to think that the destruction of our small businesses in downtown Portland is somehow acceptable or represents the exercise of free speech.
These destructive acts of political violence must stop now. I hope every elected official will react and denounce this reprehensible behavior, just as vehemently as when our beloved Oregon Historical Society was attacked.”
Unified Command on National Guard activation: Widespread violence is occurring in Downtown Portland. In the interest of public safety, Governor Kate Brown, under advice of the Unified Command, has activated the use of the Oregon National Guard to assist local law enforcement… pic.twitter.com/kEnxcXipw1
— Multnomah Co Sheriff (@MultCoSO) November 5, 2020
On Wednesday night, two groups merged together – one group began at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland traveled across the Morrison Bridge, and another group started north of town and approached Waterfront Park.
From Waterfront Park where the two groups merged, they descended on downtown businesses.
One of the protesters, 23-year-old William Beecher was arrested after throwing fireworks at police officers. He was found with several weapons on his person, including a rifle and several magazines, a knife, and fireworks.
He was wearing a tactical/ballistic vest when apprehended. He was charged with Possession of Loaded Firearm, Riot, and Disorderly Conduct II.
Wesley Fant, 29-years-old, was arrested after being stopped by Oregon State Police for driving without license plates on his vehicle. He had a handgun and was also wearing body armor and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.
As the National Guard provided perimeter blocking with a cordon and protection for state, county, and city officers, several more arrests were made:
- Wyatt Dylan Scully, 19, from Portland, charged with Trespass II
- Jason Mercury Tyler, 22, from Beaverton, charged with Trespass II
- Jarrod Deferrari, 23, from Sunrise, Florida, charged with Riot, Disorderly Conduct I, Criminal Mischief I, Sale/Possession of Fireworks, Burglary II, Attempt Arson II
- Sherlock Ortiz, 23, from Portland, charged with Criminal Mischief I
- Leslie Johnson, 25, charged with Trespass II
- Ian Wyatt Harrington, 25, from Portland, charged with Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II
- Tanner Nokoa Alcorn, 29, from Portland, charged with Trespass II
- Ashley Schofield, 36, from Portland, charged with Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Harassment
- Michael Tyler Ream, 38, from Portland, charged with Resisting Arrest, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II
- James Christopher Saraceno, 49, from Portland, charged with Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II, Reckless Burning, Riot
Portland Emergency Services vehicles had to be rerouted xxxx during Wednesday’s riots.
Oregon State Police made an announcement over vehicle loudspeakers to disperse the crowd at one intersection:
“There’s a medical call on this block that we need to get to — we need the crowd to disperse to the west.”
Unified Command: “There is a medical call in the building on this block that we need to get to – we need the crowd disperse to the west. If you do not disperse- you could be subject to arrest or citation or the use of force”. #koin6news #pdx #protest #Portland #Oregon #pnw pic.twitter.com/nTsJXNq8vH
— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) November 5, 2020
Police followed through with the threat of using CS gas if people didn’t disperse and allow first responders through the intersection.
As the large group began to move toward the west side of downtown and onto West Burnside Avenue, which is a gateway to the hilly communities west of Portland, police made announcements over a loudspeaker that the group was not to cross W. Burnside Street and that people who engage in criminal acts are subject to arrest or use of force including munitions and CS gas.
“This announcement was met with aggressive actions by participants.”
A Unified Command spokesperson explained that people began throwing glass bottles at police and blocked both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
Here’s why we deemed the governor’s move controversial…
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Let the anarchy continue: Democratic Oregon Governor refuses to deploy National Guard in Portland
September 20, 2020
PORTLAND, OR- In the weeks and months following the death of George Floyd while in police custody, the city of Portland has been under constant attack from groups like Antifa. Millions of dollars of damages have been done to the city infrastructure and there is no end in sight. However, Democratic Oregon Governor Kate Brown refuses to call in the National Guard.
Brown claims that the reason that she has refused President Donald Trump’s numerous offers of sending in the National Guard to quell the violence, is because the democratic leaders are relying on their own police personnel. The same police personnel that she and Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler have demonized and stripped significant funding from over the last four months.
“A, we don’t need the national guard at this time and, B, that they are not trained for this work.”#Oregon's Gov. Kate Brown said she hasn’t sent the #NationalGuard to #Portland because she believes they’re not trained for the job or needed. https://t.co/PYigPOKR0g
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) September 6, 2020
Brown claims that the National Guard is not properly trained, (although I am not sure where she got that information from) to stop riots, like they did recently in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Brown said at a press conference:
“In terms of Oregon, I’m relying on our trained law enforcement. The Superintendent of the State Police, Travis Hampton, the Portland Police Chief, Chuck Lovell, Travis — Superintendent Hampton would say that A. We don’t need the National Guard at this time, and B…
“That they are not trained for this work. What we need on the ground is trained law enforcement. And that’s why I created the uniform law enforcement plan, to bring both local and state officials together behind a plan to keep people safe and to protect free speech rights.”
Oregon’s Governor still won’t call in the National Guard.
— Greg Flugaur (@flugempire) September 6, 2020
Instead of utilizing the National Guard, Brown claims that she can achieve peace in the area, a peace that has not been seen since before May, by a Unified Law Enforcement Plan. This plan called on the Sheriff’s Offices of Clackamas and Washington Counties. The only problem with that was the direct refusal of the Sheriff’s in those areas to work in Portland.
This is insane.
Every single rioter committing violence (including shooting fireworks at innocent people) should be arrested immediately, prosecuted & sent to jail.
Dem politicians refuse to do so. https://t.co/TMPDiWdMQd
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 6, 2020
Washington County Sheriff, Pat Garrett, made the following comment regarding Brown’s request:
“However, 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.
Clackamas Sheriff Craig Roberts also spoke of the request, saying:
“Increasing law enforcement resources in Portland will not solve the nightly violence and now, murder. The only way to make Portland safe again, is to support a policy that holds offenders accountable for their destruction and violence.”
In response to the ongoing violence and delicate political climate in Portland, the Oregon Chief’s of Police issued a statement in which their belief states:
“As law enforcement professionals we believe public safety is the foundation for safe, healthy and thriving communities. We are committed to the wellbeing of the communities we serve and support the right to assembly and free speech…
“As statewide associations, we are deeply concerned about the criminal acts at recent protest events in Portland that have put community livability and personal safety at risk. We unequivocally condemn the violence and loss of life that occurred this past weekend.”
The release then adds:
“Abandoning Law Enforcement or the need for policing, is not working. It has only shown that it undermines the rule of law and puts our community at greater risk.”
“Over the weekend, members of our associations were approached to assist with policing in the City of Portland. 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.”
With the majority of those agencies, who were key to Brown’s plan of a unified response of law enforcement refusing to assist, it is unclear what she will decide to do.
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