Good Morning, I am Lieutenant Tina Jones, a Public Information Officer for the Portland Police Bureau.
Today, Friday, September 20th, we are prepared for an event in downtown Portland, which involves a permitted march.
This event in Portland is part of a movement on climate change that is happening around the world. We expect a large amount of youth to be involved.
Event organizers are working proactively with our demonstration liaison officers and we appreciate their cooperation and communication.
Our primary goals are to provide a safe environment for all participants, non-participants, and community members while ensuring the peaceful exercise of First Amendment rights.
The organizers have applied for and been granted a permit for a street march, which is expected to begin at 11:30 this morning.
When coming to the event and after the event, we ask participants to use the sidewalks and obey traffic control devices.
The march will move from Terry Schrunk Plaza on Southwest Madison, over the Hawthorne Bridge, then along the esplanade to OMSI.
The march will have some traffic impact and our PPB officers will facilitate the march route for safety. Expect to see officers on motorcyles, bicycles, and on foot helping to keep this event safe.
Also, if any direction is given by police officers or the sound truck, it is critical to follow that direction for safety.
Interruptions to TriMet are expected to be minimal due to the march. We recommend you check TriMet.org/alerts before traveling.
Portland has hundreds of free speech and assembly events throughout a given year and they are overwhelmingly peaceful.
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As always, if you see something of concern, call 911 if it is an emergency or the non-emergency dispatch line.
Thank you for helping us to keep this event safe!