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FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo, police stand in front of protesters gathered outside Portland Police Union headquarters in Portland, Ore. Thousands of protesters in the liberal and predominantly white city have taken to the streets peacefully every day for more than five weeks to decry police brutality, but recent violence by smaller groups is creating a deep schism in the protest movement and prompting allegations that white protesters are co-opting the moment. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP, File)

Violence mars Portland protests, frustrates Black community

Jul. 3, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters in this liberal, predominantly white city have taken to the streets peacefully every day for more than five weeks to decry police brutality. But violence by smaller groups is dividing the movement and drawing complaints that some white demonstrators are co-opting the...

Police union contract extended, bargaining to continue

Jul. 2, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend bargaining over the next Portland Police Association contract for a year to increase public involvement in the negotiations. Negotiations over the next contract with the union that represents rank-and-file Portland Police...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, a protester faces police officers in downtown in Portland, Ore. Portland, Oregon, a liberal city with a reputation for full-throated and frequent protests, is reeling from the nightly chaos in its streets and on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, its visibly frustrated police chief appealed to residents to help stop

Oregon House speaker slams Portland police use of tear gas

Jul. 1, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than two dozen protesters were arrested on charges including disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer, riot and assault on a police officer during protests that stretched into the early morning hours of Wednesday, Portland police said. Authorities said protesters...

This Friday, June 26, 2020, photo released by the Portland Police Department shows damage after protests calling for an end to racial injustice and accountability for police in Portland, Ore. Some protesters set fire to a police precinct, vandalized businesses and tried to barricade police officers inside their station during a demonstration early Friday morning that ended with law enforcement using tear gas to disperse the crowd, authorities said. (Portland Police Department via AP)

Oregon protesters set fire to police precinct, tear gas used

Jun. 26, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor and newly appointed police chief of Portland, Oregon, on Friday sharply criticized protesters who set fire to a police precinct and vandalized businesses the night before, saying continued violence at protests is preventing the city from moving forward with meaningful...

City workers take leave to mourn Black people killed by cops

Jun. 26, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nearly 300 Portland employees have taken bereavement leave since Mayor Ted Wheeler encouraged city workers take paid time off to grieve the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black people killed by law enforcement or in racist acts. Natasha Eberth, a Bureau of Human...

Katrina Hendricks, left, pushes a stroller holding her son, Melo, as her mother, Elaine Loving, walks alongside her at a Juneteenth rally and march through a historically Black neighborhood in Portland, Ore., Friday, June 19, 2020. Loving has lived in the same house in the North Portland neighborhood since her birth in 1959, but says many Black families have moved away as white gentrification has occurred. She appreciates seeing so many white people at the rallies and protests but would like to see more true investment in her community from recently arrived white families. Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure all enslaved people be freed, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

'This is beautiful' - Juneteenth rally, march in Portland

Jun. 19, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of people, including families and young children, gathered at a peaceful rally and march in the heart of Portland’s historically Black neighborhood to celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday that has long commemorated the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Among the...

FILE - In this June 6, 2020, file photo, a protester lies down for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during a protest at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Utah lawmakers have taken a first step toward banning police officers from placing their knees on the necks of people being detained in the type of chokehold used by a Minnesota police officer in the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The Latest: Oregon deputies accused of pinning child by neck

Jun. 18, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Lawsuit: Oregon boy, 12, pinned to ground by deputies with knee to his neck. — Denver officer won't be prosecuted in fatal shooting of black man. — Utah lawmakers vote to ban knee-to-neck chokeholds by police. — University of Florida ending “gator bait”...

FILE - In this Monday, June 1, 2020, file photo, protesters prepare to observe nine minutes of silence on the Burnside Bridge in Portland, Ore. City commissioners in Portland voted, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 to cut nearly $16 million from the Portland Police Bureau's budget in response to concerns about police brutality and racial injustice. The cuts are part of a city budget approved by the commissioners by a 3-1 vote in a contentious meeting. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP, File)

Portland police prohibit 'autonomous zone' from being set up

Jun. 18, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Portland, Oregon, say they cleared an area in the city's Pearl District early Thursday when demonstrators tried to set up an “autonomous zone" similar to what protesters have enacted in Seattle. Police declared a civil disturbance and unlawful assembly at 5:30 a.m....

Journalists ‘should not be targeted’ by cops during protests

Jun. 18, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland’s mayor and police chief say they will review police tactics after hearing accounts of officers threatening and roughing up journalists covering demonstrations against police brutality. “Members of the media, not just in Portland but around the country, should...

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The Latest: President Trump says police treated unfairly

Jun. 17, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — President Trump says police “have not been treated fairly.” — Prosecutors acknowledge Floyd pinned by Minneapolis officers for 7:46. — Atlanta police officer charged with felony murder. — Portland, Oregon cutting police budget by $16 million. —...