Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sunday Afternoon Demonstrations Expected in Downtown Portland

SUNDAY AFTERNOON DEMONSTRATIONS EXPECTED IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: June 1st, 2017 9:00 AM
The Portland Police Bureau would like to make the public aware of demonstrations expected to occur the afternoon of Sunday June 4, 2017, in Downtown Portland. The intent of law enforcement is to provide a safe environment for all participants, non-participants, and community members while ensuring the peaceful exercise of the First Amendment.

A planned event by one group is scheduled to be held in Terry Schrunk Plaza, located at 364 Southwest Madison Street. There are other events involving different groups expected across Southwest 4th Avenue at City Hall, and across Southwest Madison Street at Chapman Square. While there are no specific indicators that the events will disrupt traffic or transit flow, the Bureau encourages road users to be aware of the potential and to plan for alternate routes.

The City of Portland has not issued any permits for a street march and expects that any participants planning to hold a march to follow all laws and remain on sidewalks.

There will be a robust law enforcement presence due to online threats of violence between different groups. Due to these threats and the potential for violence, persons attending any of the events are discouraged from bringing any weapons (firearms, knives, etc.) or items that can be used as weapons (sticks, bats, poles, rocks, fireworks/incendiary devices, etc.) to any of the events. Prohibited items may be seized by police and, if in violation of city, state or federal law, the possessor may be arrested and charged criminally.

The City of Portland has specific conduct rules and laws that apply to parks - https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/?c=28627 including a specific prohibition on the possession of weapons in parks - https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/147782.

Terry Schrunk Plaza is a federal property where both state and federal laws apply to users. The Federal Protective Service is the lead enforcement agency for this property. Specific rules and regulations governing federal property can be found here: https://www.gsa.gov/graphics/ogp/Fed_Rules_Regs8_5x11_Final2005_R27-s10_0Z5RDZ-i34K-pR.pdf

The Bureau has been collaborating with law enforcement and public safety partners to ensure that public safety is the top priority for all participants and community members. Law enforcement will be prepared to arrest and prosecute those individuals who commit criminal acts.

The law enforcement and public safety partners include, but are not limited to the following agencies:

* Portland Police Bureau
* Oregon State Police
* Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
* Federal Protective Service
* Department of Homeland Security
* Federal Bureau of Investigation
* United States Attorney's Office
* Multnomah County District Attorney's Office
* Portland Fire & Rescue

"The Federal Protective Service stands with it partners within the Portland community to ensure the peaceful exercise of individual freedoms of demonstration and speech, while preserving and protecting the safety of all individuals on federal property," said Robert Sperling, Director of Communications and Engagement for the Federal Protective Service.

The Portland Police Bureau intends to share pertinent information with the community on the day of the events through its main Twitter account, @PortlandPolice

Life-threatening emergencies should be reported to 9-1-1. Call 9-1-1 if you can; text 9-1-1 if you can't. Texts to 9-1-1 cannot include emoticons, emoji's, pictures, or videos. People near others who are preparing to or in the act of committing criminal behavior are encouraged to separate themselves from the group and notify police.

Anyone with information about criminal behavior being planned at any of these events is asked to share it by email to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov; or, anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Oregon by texting CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip; online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php or by calling 503-823-HELP (4357).

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