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Oregon sheriffs reject Gov. Kate Brown's request to staff Portland protests

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Oregon sheriffs reject Gov. Kate Brown'''s request to staff Portland protests | Fox News

The sheriffs of Clackamas and Washington County in Oregon said they won't send staff to help with the nightly unrest in Portland after Gov. Kate Brown unveiled a plan to bring an end to violence in the city.
Brown had asked the sheriffs and the Gresham Police Department to support the Portland Police Bureau with personnel and resources "to keep the peace and protect free speech."

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts on Monday said the governor never approached him before unveiling her plan to mobilize local law enforcement agencies in the Portland protests, and that he has no plans to send his staff to nightly demonstrations. “Had Governor Brown discussed her plan with my office, I would have told her it’s about changing policy, not adding resources,” he said, according to a statement released by Kellee Azar, a reporter with Portland's KATU. “Increasing law enforcement resources in Portland will not solve the nightly violence and now, murder.”

He said that Portland’s newly elected district attorney had dismissed charges against hundreds of protesters arrested for non-violent, low-level crimes. “The same offenders are arrested night after night, only to be released by the court and not charged with a crime by the DA’s Office. The next night they are back at it, endangering the lives of law enforcement and the community all over again,” Roberts continued. “The criminal justice system will need do its part and hold offenders accountable.”

Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett also released a statement on Monday, saying he's committed to supporting Portland Police through “indirect ways, like analyzing risks associated with social media, air support, assisting with a specific criminal investigation, etc.”"I do not plan to send deputies to work directly in Portland," Garrett said, according to the station. “The lack of political support for public safety, the uncertain legal landscape, the current volatility combined with intense scrutiny on use of force presents an unacceptable risk if deputies were deployed directly."

A Gresham police spokesperson told The Oregonian, “We are in agreement with the other agencies.”

Meanwhile, the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police released a statement on Monday, saying "we cannot dedicate our limited resources away from the communities we serve," according to KATU.

Now the Oregon governor is trying to step in to help Portland, but they've allowed the situation to get so bad that other police agencies won't risk their officers.
 

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Just got real. I hope no one else is hurt at these demonstrations.
 

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Another article with the Governor's response. Interesting that the plan has "flexibility" that includes the agencies in the plan NOT participating.

KATU reached out to Brown's office for a response after the initial statement from Roberts was released. They said the plan "is meant to allow for this kind of flexibility in supporting each other as we all collectively deal with the difficult situation in Portland."

Oregon sheriffs say they won't help with governor's plan to stop Portland protest violence | WBMA.
 

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Sheriff Pat Garrett?
 

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Sheriff Pat Garrett?

I didn't even notice that! What a perfect name for a Sheriff. It appears to be his real name.

About Pat Garrett – Pat Garrett for Sheriff

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Oregon sheriffs reject Gov. Kate Brown'''s request to staff Portland protests | Fox News





Now the Oregon governor is trying to step in to help Portland, but they've allowed the situation to get so bad that other police agencies won't risk their officers.

Based on the above, I don't blame them. I wouldn't either.


The lack of political support for public safety, the uncertain legal landscape, the current volatility combined with intense scrutiny on use of force presents an unacceptable risk if deputies were deployed directly.

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Figures. The police have been part of the problem from the start, as can be seen once again. They could rise to the moment and act like professionals, but apparently that's not in the cards.
 

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Professionals know their jobs and roles and their jurisdictions. If the governor needs help, that is what the National Guard is for.

ORS 206.015 - Qualifications of sheriff - 2020 Oregon Revised Statutes

That has nothing to do with the stated reasons for not sending staff to demonstrations. They're butt hurt because the D.A. wouldn't prosecute nonviolent protesters who committed low level crimes. So in response they're petulantly refusing to arrest rioters and looters.

From the start police have been wearing t-shirts with "we're not professionals" written on them.
 

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That has nothing to do with the stated reasons for not sending staff to demonstrations. They're butt hurt because the D.A. wouldn't prosecute nonviolent protesters who committed low level crimes. So in response they're petulantly refusing to arrest rioters and looters.

From the start police have been wearing t-shirts with "we're not professionals" written on them.

It isn't their D.A. and it isn't their jurisdiction, and do you have any evidence that either of these counties had police with the t-shirts you claim?

If you try to give someone a thankless job (these Sherriff departments), don't expect them to take it if they don't have to.
 

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You mean they're not volunteering to be blinded with lasers or have heavy objects thrown at them while Portland ties their hands?

Who'da thunk that?
 

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Figures. The police have been part of the problem from the start, as can be seen once again. They could rise to the moment and act like professionals, but apparently that's not in the cards.

It's Oregon. Their police are basically just a collection of gangs.
 

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Figures. The police have been part of the problem from the start, as can be seen once again. They could rise to the moment and act like professionals, but apparently that's not in the cards.

The cops caused the insurgency? That's almost as stuoid as saying Trump caused the insurgency. By that dumb ass logic, Lincoln caused the Civil War.
 

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It isn't their D.A. and it isn't their jurisdiction, and do you have any evidence that either of these counties had police with the t-shirts you claim?

If you try to give someone a thankless job (these Sherriff departments), don't expect them to take it if they don't have to.

That wasn't their stated reason for not helping.
 

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Why would ANY responsible police chief dedicate manpower and resources to be put in an environment where their people were in at least as great a risk from the city and state governments if they have to respond as they are with the violent leftist ****heads that have been allowed to destroy Portland?

**** them. **** that city. If you arent going in heavy, IE with the full force of the national guard and with the absolute intent to smash the leftist ****wits that are destroying the city, then the entire city can burn to the ground.
 

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Roberts is of course politically motivated.

I mean, it's not as if he didn't choose sides ages ago, and he's retiring later this year, so he can do Trump's bidding and not have to worry about reelection.

OK. What about the other sheriffs, nearby city police, state police, and the statewide organization of police? Not to mention, the sheriff of Multnomah County (Portland) who expressed concerns about the policy? Are they all politically motivated?
 

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Figures. The police have been part of the problem from the start, as can be seen once again. They could rise to the moment and act like professionals, but apparently that's not in the cards.

I think this is an admirable way to de escalate the situation. How could police force be the answer to protests against police force?
 

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The last thing they need are these whack job sheriffs who think they only answer to God's natural laws.
 

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It seems to me, that if you read the statements different reasons for different refusals. One has objections based on policy and liability concerns, but more simply don't have the staff. If there are any law enforcement agencies that will be 'staff challenged' its going to be county law enforcement. They have very few officers for a larger area to patrol and dollars are very tight. I don't know any sheriff's departments that have a lot of officers sitting on their asses on part time or on-call.

Its a major reason for DA's dropping some of these non-violent cases as well. Portland may have a 100 or 200 people cited, but they don't have the staff in the DA's office, or in the municipal court system to process them and even pretend to be serious in a plea meeting. Legislatures/ city councils have to get off their butts and pass some emergency funding measures and that means we need to get some revenue/bond measures so they can hire part time or temporary staff.

The Da's office needs to use discretion on which charges to drop and which ones not to, depending on other criteria as well. A lot of these citations are being given out under stressful situations where cops are making some quick calls, based on highly fluid and emotionally charged situations and the percentage of mistakes will increase under those circumstances. Sometimes the charge is iffy at best, the evidence is pretty suspect, and its just smarter to drop some of them then to get all stubborn and insistent on low priority citations. If it involves looting, serious property damage or violence is involved I hope we can provide the resources to pursue these matters.
 

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That has nothing to do with the stated reasons for not sending staff to demonstrations. They're butt hurt because the D.A. wouldn't prosecute nonviolent protesters who committed low level crimes. So in response they're petulantly refusing to arrest rioters and looters.

From the start police have been wearing t-shirts with "we're not professionals" written on them.

The problem isn't "non-violent protesters" - if it was, why would they need additional police? The state police and the local Sheriff (a Democrat) have been critical of the DA's policy. It's hard to provide police protection when almost all of the people arrested are released.
 

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It seems to me, that if you read the statements different reasons for different refusals. One has objections based on policy and liability concerns, but more simply don't have the staff. If there are any law enforcement agencies that will be 'staff challenged' its going to be county law enforcement. They have very few officers for a larger area to patrol and dollars are very tight. I don't know any sheriff's departments that have a lot of officers sitting on their asses on part time or on-call.

Its a major reason for DA's dropping some of these non-violent cases as well. Portland may have a 100 or 200 people cited, but they don't have the staff in the DA's office, or in the municipal court system to process them and even pretend to be serious in a plea meeting. Legislatures/ city councils have to get off their butts and pass some emergency funding measures and that means we need to get some revenue/bond measures so they can hire part time or temporary staff.

The Da's office needs to use discretion on which charges to drop and which ones not to, depending on other criteria as well. A lot of these citations are being given out under stressful situations where cops are making some quick calls, based on highly fluid and emotionally charged situations and the percentage of mistakes will increase under those circumstances. Sometimes the charge is iffy at best, the evidence is pretty suspect, and its just smarter to drop some of them then to get all stubborn and insistent on low priority citations. If it involves looting, serious property damage or violence is involved I hope we can provide the resources to pursue these matters.

I understand prioritizing cases, but the new DA in Portland has gone to the extreme - to the point that the local Sheriff (also a "progressive" Democrat) was questioning the move and releasing emails to the press with his concerns. The police are already only arresting more flagrant offenses. Dropping the cases to this extreme makes them a non-deterrent. Of note - many are misdemeanors, which should not require extraordinary resources to prosecute.

Here's a story about the issue. At the time, the DA office had about 550 cases referred to them, including 150 felonies. They were pursuing charges on 45.

Hundreds of Portland protesters will see their criminal cases dropped as DA announces plan to ‘recognize the right to speak''' - oregonlive.com
 
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