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Portland Police increase patrols during Pride Week after shooting in FL

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Portland Police Bureau plans to provide extra patrols to LGBTQ events after a shooter killed 49 people and himself at a gay night club in Orlando, FL.

“The randomness makes the predictability of it all almost impossible,” Assistant Chief of Operations Bob Day said. “Policing trains and prepares for the possibility, not probability.”

.@PortlandPolice adds more officers for pride week, including the candlelight vigils tonight @fox12oregon #Pride2016 pic.twitter.com/w5WQZUDArn

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In a release, Acting Chief Donna Henderson said there are no known threats to Portland but officers will provide extra patrols in the Downtown Entertainment District, specifically night clubs and bars that are popular with the LGBTQ community members.

"We want to stand with Orlando together." @fox12oregon pic.twitter.com/3drbsI0WZw

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There were two candlelight vigils to honor and remember those who passed in Florida in Downtown Portland and Waterfront Park.

Candlelight vigil at Waterfront Park. Watch out for closed roads/detour signs on Naito. @fox12oregon pic.twitter.com/XDlBDNlOj3

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“It’s shocking,” co-organizer Stephen Cassell said. “But happening during pride month is particularly saddening.”

Cassell said he and Eric Zimmerman thought of the event Saturday morning and by the evening more than a thousand people came to support. Cassell adds he appreciates the support of police and the event wouldn’t happen without their help.

“I feel extremely safe,” Daniel Chatfield who is visiting from Iowa. “I have respect and faith in law enforcement.”

Bob Day, Assistant Chief of Operations said the bureau has made an effort to connect with those in the LGBT Community and there will be more officer presence at this week’s pride events in conjunction with Portland Pride Week.

Day said people have to work together to keep the community safe. “If you see something, say something,” he added.

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