As Portland Police Association President, I have consistently advocated for a zero-tolerance response to the lawlessness, violence, and destruction of property during protests. Our community is frustrated, fed up, and angry. Time and again, we have watched our City and the Portland Police Bureau be thrown into the national spotlight.
Saturday, August 17, 2019, Portland will face another challenge – we anticipate unpermitted demonstrations and several hundred protestors with opposing views coming to our City intent on violence. The Mayor has promised his whole-hearted support for whatever has to be done to keep people safe and we will see if we have this same support once the protests are over.
“I have empowered and directed the Portland Police Bureau to use whatever means necessary and to amass whatever resources necessary to ensure public safety and to uphold the law.” – Mayor Ted Wheeler