Abortion rights protests start in Portland
Protests over the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade started in Portland early Friday evening.
The Portland Police Bureau said they expected protests to start at 5 p.m. at Lownsdale Square Park, Salmon Street Springs in Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Authorities said the police "will monitor these events" and that anyone who is engaging "in violent activity or property destruction will be investigated and are subject to arrest and prosecution," adding that if it doesn't happen at that moment, it could happen as their investigations continue.
Portland police officials also said they would be "adding resources," but did not specify any tactics.
"I respect the right to gather and demonstrate, and I urge everyone who does to do so peacefully," said Police Chief Chuck Lovell. "I urge you to reject any attempt to undermine your message by those who utilize the tactics of criminal destruction."
The statement also included tips for local businesses on protecting their property, and included contacts for the central precinct, ODOT property, City of Portland's graffiti program and Downtown Portland Clean & Safe's non-emergency line.
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