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Council to decide on further cuts to Portland police budget

Oct. 28, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Four months after the Portland City Council approved reallocating $15 million from the Police Bureau budget to other city programs and initiatives, the council could OK diverting additional millions from the law enforcement agency. Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Commissioner Chloe...

Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler poses in a City Hall office on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Portland. With Election Day weeks away, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is trailing in the polls behind Sarah Iannarone. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)

Oregon protest fallout dominates close Portland mayor race

Oct. 13, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In most election cycles, America wouldn’t pay attention to the Portland, Oregon, mayoral race — but this isn’t a normal year. Months of protests against racial injustice and police violence have made Portland national news in a divisive election year, and...

Portland mayor, challenger offer visions for city in debate

Oct. 9, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland’s mayoral contenders delivered competing visions for the city during their first televised debate Thursday night. Mayor Ted Wheeler defended his record, saying he is prioritizing helping downtown Portland businesses and insisted he can end violence during...

Portland cop drives motorcycle into protester blocking path

Oct. 3, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland police officer drove a motorcycle into a protester who was blocking his path and pushed the person for a distance after a largely peaceful demonstration against police brutality near an East Portland law enforcement building. A video of the incident Friday night posted...

A Portland Police officer watches protesters rallying at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Allison Dinner)

Portland mayor spars with US on deputized police officers

Sep. 30, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The top U.S. prosecutor in Oregon on Wednesday rejected a request from Portland's mayor to end the federal deputation of dozens of police officers as part of the response to ongoing protests, saying it was the only way to end “lawlessness.” In a joint statement, U.S....

Members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators kneel in prayer at a rally on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Portland, Oregon, largely peaceful after right-wing rally

Sep. 26, 2020 9:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say a right-wing rally and counter-protests in Portland, Oregon, have largely dispersed without serious violence Saturday, though they are investigating an assault after one person who was documenting the event was pushed to the ground and kicked in the face. Separately, police...

Protesters demanding the end of police violence against Black people are sprayed by police during a demonstration in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Protesters in Portland hurled Molotov cocktails at officers in Oregon's largest city during a demonstration over a Kentucky grand jury's decision to not indict officers in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, police said Thursday. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)

Oregon governor sends state police to Portland for protests

Sep. 25, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Friday as she announced that state troopers and sheriff's deputies would be sent to Portland through the weekend to help police, in the state’s largest city, monitor a weekend rally by the right-wing group Proud Boys and counter...

Protesters demanding the end of police violence against Black people take cover from smoke during a demonstration in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Protesters in Portland hurled Molotov cocktails at officers in Oregon's largest city during a demonstration over a Kentucky grand jury's decision to not indict officers in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, police said Thursday. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)

Police: Violence at Portland protest escalates to firebombs

Sep. 24, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters in Portland hurled several firebombs at officers in Oregon’s largest city during a demonstration over a Kentucky grand jury’s decision to not indict officers in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, police said, escalating tensions in a city that's already...

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators march along the Willamette River during a rally in Portland, Ore. Portland has denied a permit for a Saturday rally planned by the right-wing group Proud Boys. The Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau said Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, that the group's estimated crowd size of 10,000 people was too big under coronavirus safety measures.  (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Portland denies permit for right-wing rally, cites COVID-19

Sep. 23, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland, Oregon, has denied a permit for a Saturday rally planned by the right-wing group Proud Boys. The city found the group’s estimated crowd size of 10,000 people was too big under coronavirus safety measures, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Portland...

U.S. Attorney General William Barr arrives to speak with federal officials for a panel discussion on combatting human trafficking at the U.S. Attorney's Office on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Feds threaten funds to NYC, Seattle and Portland over unrest

Sep. 21, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department identified New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle as three cities that could have federal funding slashed under a memorandum by President Donald Trump that sought to identify localities that permit “anarchy, violence and destruction in American...