Free speech events planned for tonight
June 24, 2022 5:56 p.m.
Tonight, focused in downtown Portland, we anticipate First Amendment rallies taking place related to important issues. The Portland Police Bureau is here to protect First Amendment rallies by helping to keep the peace for everyone involved.
There are several events scheduled for this afternoon and tonight in downtown Portland. Publicly available information indicates rallies are taking place at Lownsdale Square Park, Salmon Street Springs in Tom McCall Waterfront Park and possibly Pioneer Courthouse Square. This information is preliminary and may change. It is unclear whether these events will cause traffic disruptions, but spontaneous marches have occurred in the past. Drivers and other road users are asked to be patient in the event of disruptions.
The City of Portland and the Bureau of Police strongly and consistently support those who exercise their freedom of speech and assembly. However, sometimes people bent on committing property damage and other crimes have attached themselves to crowds of otherwise peaceful community members.
The Portland Police Bureau will monitor these events. Individuals who engage in violent activity or destruction of property will be investigated and subject to arrest and prosecution. It doesn’t always happen in the moment. We will continue to conduct follow-up investigations, make arrests, and forward cases to the Multnomah County District Attorney for prosecution. Just because there aren’t arrests at the scene, while tensions are high, doesn’t mean people aren’t charged with crimes later.
To prepare, PPB will add resources, but we will not discuss the details of tactical planning. For more information, please see our Protests / Demonstrations / Special Events Resources and Links page: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/730168. Follow our Twitter feed https://twitter.com/PortlandPolice and https://twitter.com/PPBAlerts for up-to-date public safety information when needed. Portland Police Bureau press releases are available at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/.
“I respect the right to assemble and demonstrate, and urge anyone who does so to do so peacefully,” Chief of Police Chuck Lovell said. “I urge you to reject any attempt to undermine your message by those who use the tactics of criminal destruction.”
The city of Portland has a long history of civic engagement and gatherings. The vast majority of them require no police presence. The city experiences a mixture of planned and spontaneous events. We cannot predict what behavior will occur and when, but we do our best to keep the community informed. Our resources are limited and officers must also respond to 911 emergency calls across the city. We do our best to plan and hire the resources we need, but we also need help from the community. We ask community members to call and report any criminal activity when they see it, whether it is related to gun violence, public disorder or any other criminal activity. Please report any illegal activity to the police, even afterwards. Every piece of evidence and information shared helps law enforcement find and arrest those responsible. Make non-emergency reports by calling non-emergency police at 503-823-3333 or online at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/cor/.
Anyone with information about individuals planning to commit criminal activity during any of these events is urged to share that information with the Portland Police Department. Information can be emailed to [email protected]
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