Portland Chief Wants To Ban People From Wearing Masks While Attacking People

Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said she wanted to make it illegal for protesters to wear masks at demonstrations.

Portland, OR – The chief of the Portland Police Bureau has called for an anti-mask law in the city as one of her initiatives toward clamping down on violent protests that have rocked the city.

“Every demonstration we’ve responded to is reactionary,'' Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said at a press conference on Wednesday, according to The Oregonian.

"We need strategic resources to get ahead of this before it starts so it’s not even allowed to happen in the first place," she said.

“We cannot allow people to continue to use the guise of free speech to commit a crime,’’ Chief Outlaw said. “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?"

On Saturday, black-masked antifa attacked civilians, police, and at least one journalist as they marched through downtown Portland.

Multiple citizens and police officers were injured and three people were arrested during violent protests that took over the city on June 29.

Protesters threw eggs, milkshakes, and other projectiles at the police officers tasked with keeping peace during the demonstrations.

Police said some of the milkshakes that were thrown contained “a substance similar to quick-drying cement,” The Oregonian reported.

Quick-drying cement can cause chemical burns, even after it's washed off.

Officers in crowd-control gear lined up to shut down passage on street and police ordered the crowd to disperse through a loudspeaker and threatened to use crowd control tactics on those who did not leave.

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

Medics at the protests treated eight people, including three police officers, for injuries, The Oregonian reported. Several people were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

And elderly man was beaten by several antifa and the good Samaritan who came to his aid was attacked and needed 25 stitches in his head after the encounter.

Only three arrests resulted from the melee and Chief Outlaw and her officers have been the subject of derision by those who said the officers stood back and let antifa beat people up.

On July 1, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate and bring legal action against Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.

Chief Outlaw defended her police department amidst a flood of accusations that officers had done nothing to quell the angry crowd on Saturday, KGW reported.

“There’s a perception that they ran away from confrontation and that couldn’t be the furthest from the truth,” she said.

The chief said her officers were not under any orders from the mayor to stand down during the protests, KGW reported.

She said there would have been more injuries had Portland police not been doing their jobs.

“The chance for additional injuries was really leveraged and mitigated. Officers spent a lot of time separating parties,” Chief Outlaw said.

However, Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner released a statement following the June 29 melee which suggested officers were held back from doing more, KATU reported.

“Where are the voices condemning the lawlessness and violence?” Turner asked. “If this violence had been directed at Antifa, there would have been an immediate call for an independent, outside investigation. This is a perfect example of Portland politics at work and why our great City is now under fire in the national news.”

“The Mayor, our Police Commissioner, is not allowed to use the rank and file officers of the Portland Police Bureau as a shield to deflect Portland’s negative press nationwide,” the union leader continued. “As we have said before and will continue to say: Police officers work to uphold the Constitution, including the right to free speech. It’s our job to ensure that our community can peacefully protest without fear of violence but right now our hands are tied.”

The police chief sent a memo to her officers on July 2 that addressed the entire mess.

“These events are challenging and can take a toll on us,” Chief Outlaw wrote. “As police officers, you dutifully come to work and strive to prevent violence when you can and investigate the cases that have already happened. You do this with professionalism and you continue to do this because you care.”

“Our agency and actions are highly scrutinized, and we often hear and see negative headlines during and after these events,” she continued. “If we make arrests, some say they were the wrong individuals or that we are favoring one side. If we use force, some say it is too much and we are too aggressive. Then we also frequently hear that we have not done enough.”

“The reality is, a lot of effort and planning goes into these events and you are highly trained professionals,” the chief wrote.

She thanked all of their officers for their hard work and commitment and said their efforts were appreciated.

“In an effort to gather momentum for positive change, I will continue to bring attention to the barriers we face during these incidents to proactively prevent violence and hold those accountable who engaged in criminal acts,” Chief Outlaw promised.

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gdmn2find8
gdmn2find8

I had already suggested the banning of masks oh my Facebook page. And the Chief is correct about how other states are banning masks. Some have gone so far as to ban masks during Halloween, at least by adults. The ONLY reason thugs like antifa wear them is to remain anonymous. A law like this has to be passed in every state. if that is done, it provides the Police the probably cause to stop and identify that person and arrest if necessary. The only backlash I can think of are people who wear surgical masks due to health concerns. But, even they need to be identified positively for officer and citizen safety.

RunCop
RunCop

First.....that’s never, ever going to happen. Second, the liberal prosecutors and judges will drop all charges just wait and see.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Nice to see a Chief supporting tht officers rather than throwing them into the path of an oncoming train!

Scattered
Scattered

It should have been done a long time ago everywhere. She's absolutely right. Try going in a bank or anywhere else wearing one. These morons are just cowards and thugs that don't have a clue what they are protesting. Brain dead idiots. If you believe in something then stand up and be seen and heard.

Shooter13
Shooter13

In most cities with competent police chiefs, arrests are made as soon as the first rock is thrown. How in the world do they allow these knuckleheads to pull out bats and clubs and not start snatching them up? A bat, club or bricks are clearly weapons during a “Peaceful” protest.

If some good guys in the crowd took out a few of these thugs the rest would back down. They are all cowards and this craziness has been going on far too long.

If the police aren’t willing or able to protect the meek and mild in their cities during these protests, perhaps it’s time for a “Sheepdog” intervention at the next one.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

I recently watched a video from Portland where Antifa did not appear to be in a "formal protest". They were simply approaching cars stopped at traffic lights and were pulling innocent men and women out of their cars while Portland PD stood on the sidewalk with folded arms and watched. Portland PD never did anything to stop it or protect those simply driving through this business area. Either Portland PD is afraid of these kids or they're afraid of someone that is protecting Antifa. Either way, they're a disgrace to all the great Law Enforcement Officers in this Country and it is time that this assault on humanity is stopped.

trainbuff
trainbuff

Just a lot of double talk and fluff, nothing more.

RB2207
RB2207

I said a long time ago they need to make wearing a mask while "protesting" a criminal offense. If LEO see a person wearing a mask they can automatically be arrested. It will drastically reduce the violence and destruction.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

These Antifa assholes are thugs and criminals. This violent crap gets a pass in the northwest because of their gun laws. They should try their violent shit somewhere like Texas.

Copfamily
Copfamily

Anyone inclined to wear a mask as part of a crime scheme is not likely to forego said mask because it is now "illegal." 😶 Keep legislating for semantical fun though.

..time to eliminate court of public opinion and get asshats to cut their crap or be relieved of their rights as free citizens

RealSilentNinja
RealSilentNinja

Why not ban people wearing a mask that are in a group of 2 or more people!

Flynguy
Flynguy

Haha! “Ban assault masks”!

Winddancer436
Winddancer436

so-called "people" that wear masks are COWARDS, if they believe in something why not stand up for it and not hide? These "people" are Scum, in addition to being cowards!

NFPD103
NFPD103

I find hard to believe that officers were not told to hold off to not engage unless they could safely effect an arrest, its cover- speak, for don't get involved in the fights do not chase after masked aggressor during fights. As someone who has worked large scale riots as a riot control officer, we expect injuries to occur but we have a solid plan of movement and cover and if anyone did not disperse as we approached them they were picked up and cuffed and loaded onto a bus secured by officers. People it can be done and yes people get upset but more violence is stopped that way than allowing them to run the show and target people. These ANTIFA members are known to local law enforcement and need to be exposed for there violence, not because of their political views. No one cares that they are Socialists or communists or that they are fascists, but because they are dangerous violent black-shirted criminals suppressing others free speech through violence. there are thousands of hours of video showing this coordinated deliberate attack on those they oppose. all it would take is for law enforcement to expose and arrest these groups publicly, how many times much we watch them commit clear criminal violations and walk away.

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

And, this Dumbazz Chief finally figures it out, only after the City is threatened with Civil Lawsuits, rich in irony. Maybe she and the Mayor should go down there, incognito, and try crossing the street in front of the AntiFa thugs. Would love to see their faces when they are confronted as Racist, Fascist, etc. Portland and it's citizens are not being served by these two, the Chief and Mayor.

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

The ACLUwill be all over any attempt to pass an "unmasking" law during demonstrations as a 1st Amend violation... Ngo has gotten all kinds of media coverage on his attack. But where's the media and outrage over the crowbar attack on the elderly guy??? Antifa is a domestic terrorist organization and needs to be treated accordingly. For the politicians, you get what you vote for...

pixiepup
pixiepup

I'm all for banning the masks but make a big leap and arrest anyone who gets violent. Give them a punishment that they will remember also. Interested to see what punishment they will give if they do wear a mask?? None of this will work if you don't follow through with the law.

Sinus Constabularius
Sinus Constabularius

NYC’s No Mask law has passed constitutional tests. You don’t get to commit violent assaults while masked and then say you have a right to be anonymous when doing it.

Watchman53
Watchman53

THAT TO DAM FUNNY

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

We have a right to free speech and a right to PEACEABLE assembly. Wearing masks to hide your identity so you can accost or injure others is nowhere to be found in the Bill of Rights. It's time to unmask these degenerates and hold them accountable.

Bracer
Bracer

New Orleans has a mask law, except during Mardi Gras. Only kids can wear masks during halloween. Portland should have trouble passing that law. The Mayor also serves as police commissioner?

thecatinmybed
thecatinmybed

somebody needs to ban her from eyebrow liner

LynnSB
LynnSB

Wow -- She's a "Special Kind of STUPID" They are already breaking the law Attacking\Assaulting People - Do you think they give a Sht about the Mask ?? Really ?? How do people like this Portland Police Chief get into these Positions of Power ?? WE already have Laws in place for this Sht -- NOW LET THE OFFICERS ENFORCE IT -- AND THE ATTORNEYS & JUDGES !!!!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

One reason that protesters wear masks is to avoid police harassment from policemen who disagree with their protest.

Marine.001
Marine.001

KKK, ISIS, white supremacist are all considered terrorists. Antifa are worse offenders then those idiots. They need to be labeled as home grown Terrorists and sent to Guantánamo Bay or a CIA black site. They are also some of the biggest pussies around. Yeah beat up old people & make sure 10 of you are doing it, no more one on one. We should find a secluded island and put all the major criminals there and send these little antifa bitches there, let’s see how the do. I have to deal w a bunch of nutcase liberals, dumbass voters and a governor who has lost his ass up his head in Cali but I would be in jail if I lived in Oregon, I would be beating the crap out of these little antifa bitches

wmc50
wmc50

@Burgers Allday, Troll. The police disagree with masked terrorists swinging bicycle locks on chains and bashing people with deadly weapons. I dont

spd522
spd522

Wearing a mask to a protest indicates you plan on committing a crime or disruption. You should be dealt with accordingly. Lead works well.