Portland Chief Says They Plan To Stop People From Being Beaten At Next Protest

Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw has announced that the upcoming August protests will be handled very differently.

Portland, OR – Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw has cancelled officers’ days off and asked the governor to consider sending the Oregon National Guard to back up police for protests being planned for Aug. 17.

Chief Outlaw has promised that Portland police officers will disperse crowds and make arrests if things become unsafe between protesters and counter protesters, The Oregonian reported.

“We will be there in mass to ensure that we can react and ensure there are quick and swift consequences,’’ the chief said. “There will be both.’’

Chief Outlaw has been under fire for letting protesters take over the city on multiple occasions as police stood by and watched.

Most recently, on June 29, eight people, including three police officers, were injured in the melee when most of the city’s streets were shut down or blocked as roving bands of antifa, clad in black and wearing hoods or helmets with black face masks, attacked police, conservative demonstrators, and at least one journalist.

Separate demonstrations led by different factions had been planned in several places in the city, but the violence and mayhem had escalated to the point where the Portland Police Bureau was forced to declare a civil disturbance and unlawful assembly mid-afternoon, The Oregonian reported.

Three people were hospitalized after being attacked by protesters who wielded pipes and bats and threw eggs and milkshakes.

During the chaos of the day, journalist Andy Ngo was attacked by a mob several times.

Ngo was filming the crowd when he was attacked from multiple directions by masked antifa and his GoPro camera was stolen.

He was able to get clear of the crowd and talk with officers, and then was transported to the emergency room for treatment.

Ngo was admitted to the hospital overnight with a “brain bleed,” according to his attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon.

Chief Outlaw’s announcement about the upcoming August event seemed to signal a swing back to taking action during protests.

No permits have been requested for protests on Aug. 17 but former Infowars staffer Joe Biggs has threatened on Facebook that “we are coming for antifa” and said more than 1,000 men including “ex special forces military groups, Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and Titans of Liberty’’ will descend on Portland, The Oregonian reported.

In response, the opposition – Rose City Antifa – has called on supporters to come “to defend Portland against far-Right attack” and “tell these far-Right and neo-Nazi groups that they are not welcome in Portland, and their search for victims on our streets will not be tolerated.’’

Chief Outlaw has vowed that whatever happens on Aug. 17, it won’t vaguely resemble what went down on June 29, The Oregonian reported.

Portland police have reached out to other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to ask for help.

The police chief has said her department is seriously understaffed and the backup is desperately needed; however, both Clackamas and Washington Counties have recently withdrawn from prior mutual aid agreements with the Portland Police Bureau.

Chief Outlaw said she intended to have a very visible police presence “to set the tone right away” for future protests.

Authorities are trying to decide whether to bring in the Oregon National Guard’s Rapid Response Teams to assist with crowd control, The Oregonian reported.

“We’d be remiss in our duties in planning if we didn’t at least consider it, given that we’ve trained with them the last few years,’’ the police chief said.

But she’s been met with opposition by elected officials who are concerned about the optics of using the National Guard and compared such a move to the May 4, 1970 shootings of unarmed students on the Kent State University campus by members of the Ohio National Guard, The Oregonian reported.

Both the chief and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler have attempted to pass new laws that would help police better control protests, but city leaders have shut them down.

The city council last fall voted against Wheeler’s proposed ordinance that would have allowed authorities to restrict the time, place, and manner of protests by groups with a history of violence in Portland, according to The Oregonian.

More recently, Chief Outlaw proposed an anti-mask law in the city and suggested that Portland police should videotape all demonstrations.

“We cannot allow people to continue to use the guise of free speech to commit a crime,’’ Chief Outlaw said when she made the suggestion in July. “A lot of people are emboldened because they know they can’t be identified.’’

The chief explained the anti-mask laws are common in other places, according to Willamette Week.

"In other states, you'll see that it's illegal to wear a mask during the commission of a crime," the chief told reporters. "If you knew that you could be easily identified, do you think you would be as inclined to commit that act of violence, or commit that crime?"

“I feel like we’re hosting, you know, these events,’’ she said, according to The Oregonian.

But much to the police chief’s chagrin, Portland lawmakers have ignored her suggestions.

“When are folks going to say, why do our police have to deal with this in the first place? Why are we spending all this money to plan on keeping these groups separated for hours?’’ Chief Outlaw asked. “We’re using taxpayer dollars to keep a fight separated, when the question should be why are they even comfortable enough to come here and fight in the first place. I think that’s a political question that needs to be answered.’’

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU) has little sympathy for law enforcement’s plight and said Aug. 17 will be “another test” for the Portland police, The Oregonian reported.

ACLU Interim Executive Director Jann Carson urged police to de-escalate violence and to keep their responses “proportional to what has occurred or is occurring.’’

“Law enforcement can address violence if and when it occurs,’’ Carson told The Oregonian. “Law enforcement must respond to isolated incidents of property damage, violence or other lawlessness by arresting the individuals responsible, not by breaking up a protest.’’

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Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

About time she stepped up, lets hope the Police are allowed to do what's necessary to arrest the protesters who cause physical harm to others and damage property. Let the protesters be held responsible for repairing any damage they cause. Why should the business owners have to bear the brunt of these idiots agendas. This country needs to step up and teach the kids coming up that you play by the rules. If you don't, there are severe consequences. PARENTS, teach your kids - We also need to hold you responsible for your little darlings antics. So sick of this as are so may.

Mirwin8069
Mirwin8069

I hope that they use necessary force to bring the lawbreaking individuals into compliance with the lawful orders given. All for freedom of speech, but when you use force to enforce your views, it violates my freedom

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Wait, so the Chief is going to let officers actually arrest the bad guys? and take action when crimes are committed? And when those who are arrested complain, will she say "well, next time don't commit crimes?"

Whether they are supporters of the extreme right or extreme left, if you commit a crime, your actions have consequences. Now it's up to the prosecutors to not drop the charges when those who are arrested complain or threaten lawsuits.

Oh, and in regards to the ALCU's urging of Police to "de-escalate the violence?" I agree; break out the riot gear, and if you see Anyone being violent, arrest them immediately, and throw them in a transport van. Bonus points if you get get the Antifa and Proud boys in the back of the same van.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Fuck her! Brothers and sisters of Portland PD, stand down and let it burn!!! Your chief, mayor and governor have screwed you for too long, now they want you to make a stand while understaffed and no mutual aid....let it all burn, they will learn a hard lesson.

ikaika
ikaika

She's been trying but the mayor and city council keep her hands tied. It's ridiculous that they won't pass an ordinance prohibiting those damn masks and helmets. These antifa assholes never get permits for their "demonstrations" (riots) either. Rules don't apply to them. They can block off streets, destroy property, and attack people without fear. And now the ACLU is riding in to assist. Well, that's just peachy.

Ronnie2steps
Ronnie2steps

About time

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

I'm sure she was the best most qualified candidate for the job and she wasn't appointed because she is a black female

skidrowvet
skidrowvet

Now that this has been stated by the chief no matter what those Officers do it will be the WRONG course of action- They will be sacrificed by either or both sides to show how right THEIR position is. Good luck to my brothers and sisters in Portland-

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

As much as I’d like to believe it, I would have to wait to see what happens and how it’s handled. We all know the officers with “boots on the ground” will definitely handle their shit. But it all comes down to the backing they receive from their administration, or upper echelons. The chief and the rest of her staff and whatever peanut gallery should be at big situations like those so they can see first hand instead of “Monday morning quarterbacking” what their officers had done, and listening to all the false information and accusations days later. When they hear that bottle fly past their head, get rushed or pushed by someone, or get some glass shards on their pants after it shatters, hopefully only then, they’ll realize that things are different outside of their offices and little meetings. The backing should start from the mayor, and other officials. It’s hard to get things done when no one is in cooperation and only asking “why this and why did you do that questions”.

Bluemoon135
Bluemoon135

I hope they do bring in the National Guard. Portland with it's Snowflake policies have alienated neighboring mutual aid law enforcement who do not want their cops hurt by an ineffective response. Maybe Gov. Kate could lead the Guard in a little kumbuya with the ACLU who are experts on how to deal with street riots.

LEO1529
LEO1529

The only group I ever see start and promote violence is ANTIFA! The homegrown terrorist group they are!

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Ah, the political winds have shifted because the good people of Portland are sick and tired of the violence and vandalism perpetrated by people from other places who come to the city and purport to represent the feelings of the residents. We don't know who has issued the "Stand down" orders, the police chief or the mayor/city council, but you can bet the farm that political pressure, I.e., loss of votes for the latter, which prompted the change in policy.

les0060
les0060

What trying to save your job now. Where were you when all the destruction and people be hurt.

sanman899
sanman899

If I didn't know better I would say antifa and blm are in charge of PPD.

turtyle
turtyle

People who wear masks in public are going to do bad things...this antifa (what a misnomer that is!) reminds me of the KKK...

LEO0301
LEO0301

Why do I believe all this tough talk from the chief will go by the wayside once she receives the first complaint about the way her officers conducted business.