October 04, 2011 14:17Update: As of today, Tuesday October 4, 2011, event organizers have not obtained a permit for ?Occupy Portland'. There is another planning meeting this evening and we are continuing to encourage organizers to obtain a permit. Permits are important to helping establish guidelines so that there is a safe and peaceful and lawful event. We have also not been told what the route is going to be.
We want people to know that we believe that there may be disruptions in vehicle, pedestrian and Tri-Met traffic in the downtown core Thursday, October 6, 2011 beginning at noon continuing throughout the afternoon.
Anticipating that people may intend to occupy Portland Parks as a result of this event we want to remind people that under City Code Park Rule 20.12.210 Hours of Park Closure:
A. No person shall be in a Park during hours of park closure. Unless the Director designates otherwise for any Park, "hours of park closure" means any time between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 5 a.m. This offense is a class "B" Misdemeanor and under the City Code those who violate Park rules can be arrested.
We will continue to provide updates as they are available.
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Representatives from the City of Portland and the Portland Police Bureau are currently in dialogue with 'Occupy Portland' regarding the event planned for Thursday October 6, 2011 at noon.
Initial efforts are aimed at assisting the group in obtaining a permit for the event. The permit provides for a coordinated set of guidelines. The guidelines spell out the route, authorizing event participants to lawfully be in the street and it is designed to ensure the safe flow of all traffic in the downtown core. Experience has show that working with organizers on obtaining a permit makes the event more collaborative which increases the overall success of the event for everyone.
We are committed to vigorously pursuing the goal of allowing participants to express their view which is there free speech right. Our overall objective is to take all appropriate action to help make this event happen in a way that is safe for participants and the general public alike. We look forward to continuing the dialogue with 'Occupy Portland' to ensure a safe event for everyone.
Sgt. Pete Simpson