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Statement by Mayor Wheeler on Saturday Demonstrations

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Statement by Mayor Wheeler on Saturday Demonstrations

Portland, OR – Mayor Ted Wheeler released the following statement on demonstrations occurring Saturday, August 4 in Portland.

“I reject the idea that violence or hate speech is a legitimate means to a political end. Publicly available information gathered by PPB prior to the demonstration indicated numerous individuals were arriving with every intent to inflict great bodily harm. The goals of the police during the demonstrations were to keep groups separated and to protect lives, both of which they did. Though the worst was avoided, some individuals sustained injuries. Chief Outlaw and I take this seriously. The Chief has directed the Professional Standards Division to begin an internal review of the tactics employed and actions taken by PPB.”