Police warn about May Day protests
The Portland Police Bureau is warning the public about numerous potential disruptions in the city on Saturday, May 1, the traditional day of protests in the city.
According to the police, multiple gatherings are planned throughout the city. Demonstrations are scheduled to begin at noon and could last until evening.
At this time, there are no known plans or permits for street marches associated with any of the events, police said.
According to police, events are scheduled in Holladay Park, downtown, Peninsula Park, Salmon Springs Fountain, and Shemanski Park at various times during the afternoon and evening. There also is a known march/car caravan that may impact traffic downtown in the mid- to late afternoon. There may be other locations that are impacted as well since events can be fluid in nature.
"The Portland Police Bureau strongly supports the lawful engagement in First Amendment activities," said Chief Chuck Lovell. "In the recent past, some groups and individuals have tarnished the reputation of Portland by committing criminal acts during gatherings and marches. Portland has a long history of peaceful gatherings and marches and our hope is those who gather will do so in a peaceful and lawful manner. If not, we are prepared to respond as appropriate and arrest those engaged in criminal activity that undermines public safety for all."
The police bureau encourages:
• Event organizers to communicate with liaison officers so the bureau is aware of the needs and intentions of the groups represented by the respective organizers
• People who observe suspicious items or activity or are aware of incidents that place a person's life, safety or property in danger should contact police in person or by calling 911 if you can; text 911 if you can't. Texts to 911 cannot include emoticons, emojis, photos or videos
• People near others who are preparing to or in the act of committing criminal behavior are encouraged to separate themselves from the group and notify police
• Listen to and adhere to directions provided by the Police Bureau's public address vehicle. The announcements provide important information about officers' observations, what actions demonstrators and counterdemonstrators must take and what action the bureau may take.
The bureau said that, although there are no known plans or permits issued for street marches associated with any of the known events, road users should be aware of the potential for traffic interruptions should a spontaneous march develop during the day. People engaged in demonstration march activities should remain on sidewalks and obey traffic laws.
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