Statement from Chief Chuck Lovell Regarding Preparation for Inauguration Week

January 14, 2021 14:54


I am aware there is heightened concern in the community related to local reaction to the coming Presidential inauguration. This community is tired of the wanton destruction of public and private property and the violence and intimidation we've seen acted out in the name of protest or hate. This is criminal behavior and we are committed to holding those who perpetrate these acts accountable.

At this time, there are no known specific threats to Portland and we will continue to monitor the situation and adapt to prioritize public safety. Portland Police officers remain vigilant for criminal gatherings and will respond with available resources to restore order if they occur.

We have been planning for Inauguration Day, and the days leading up to it, with local and federal partners to ensure coordinated efforts to maintain peace. The Portland Police Bureau will do everything it can to respond as quickly as possible to reports of people committing criminal acts of intimidation, property destruction, and violence. We will make arrests and present the best possible cases to the District Attorney for prosecution consideration.

We can come together to overcome struggles. We can work together to create peace and justice. We can love and support each other as brothers and sisters in spite of differences. I hope that you will join with me, even before the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, in making the coming days, ones of peace.



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