The Oregon National Guard is ready to wait. Brown’s order places law enforcement agencies under the joint command of the Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department, allowing them to use tear gas if necessary to quell the unrest. . Mayor Ted Wheeler, who is also a police commissioner, banned Portland police from using tear gas early this fall after concerns about an overly aggressive response to the turmoil.
Portland has been stirred by five months of nightly racist injustice protests since police killed George Floyd, and hundreds have marched in the city on Tuesday. Law enforcement did not arrest and the Multnomah County Sheriff̵7;s Office thanked the protesters for maintaining peace.
Protesters in Portland on Wednesday held up signs reading “Count every vote” and “Hope to live”. Suzanne Thornton, 79, said she was motivated to take part in a rally for the first time because of Trump’s court challenges.
“Our president seems to be making that big of a deal and we need to clarify what the vote count is for. He doesn’t seem to understand, “Thornton said.” I don’t have a lot of patience with him because he’s such a kid and I don’t see how many people in this country see him as a leader. . “
Gerry Foote, a 69-year-old former high school teacher, turned out to protest when waving a sign that read “Teachers against tyranny. Not hate. Foote, who opposed the Vietnam War as a college student, said it was important to stop Trump from counting votes.
Protesters in Seattle said they are also trying to ensure the Black Lives Matter movement and other social justice activities remain noticed. Some carried signs that read: “Stop Trump’s crackdown on racist voters,” “Black’s life matters,” and “Don’t steal the election.
The presidential race between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump is still too close, with votes still being counted.
“It is important to trust the process and system that has ensured free and fair elections in this country over the decades, even during times of great crisis,” Brown said in a statement. . together to keep our Oregonians safe. “