Oregon’s Clackamas and Washington Counties sheriffs said they would not send staff to help with the Portland nightly riot after Governor Kate Brown revealed a plan to end the violence in the city.
Brown had asked the Gresham Sheriffs and Police Department to provide the Portland Police Bureau with staff and resources “to keep the peace and protect freedom of expression.”
Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said Monday the governor never reached out to him before revealing their plan to mobilize local law enforcement during the protests in Portland, and he had no plans to get his staff to take part in nightly demonstrations send.
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“If Governor Brown had discussed her plan with my office, I would have told her it was a matter of changing policies and not adding resources,”
He said Portland’s newly elected district attorney had dismissed charges against hundreds of protesters arrested for low-level nonviolent crimes.
“The same offenders are arrested night after night only to be released by the court and not charged with a crime by the DA office. They are back the next night, putting the lives of law enforcement and the community at risk again, ”continued Roberts. “The criminal justice system must do its part and hold the perpetrators accountable.”
The sheriff added that his staff would continue to assist Oregon State Police with the service calls they typically handle in Clackamas County.
Following the six-point plan unveiled on Sunday, Brown said the nearly 100 days of protests had drained the Portland Police Bureau’s resources.
She argued that additional local and state personnel as well as federal resources will give the police bureau “the investigative capacity to arrest and prosecute those who have committed violent or destructive acts and who have endangered public safety”.
It was revealed after a man was fatally shot in clashes between President Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters.
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Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett released a statement Monday saying he was committed to assisting the Portland Police Department in “indirect ways, such as social media risk analysis, air support, assistance at.” certain criminal investigations, etc. “.
“I have no plans to send MPs straight to Portland to work,” Garrett said, according to the station. “The lack of political support for public safety, the uncertain legal landscape, the current volatility combined with intensive controls on the use of force represent an unacceptable risk when MPs are used directly.”
A Gresham police spokesman told The Oregonian, “We agree with the other authorities.”
Meanwhile, Oregon Association police chiefs released a statement Monday saying, according to KATU, “we cannot use our limited resources for the communities we serve”.
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After Sheriff Roberts’ statement was released, Brown’s office told the station that the plan was “to allow this kind of flexibility in mutual assistance as we all deal with the difficult situation in Portland”.