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Portland Police Chief, Union President respond to heartbreaking violence in Dallas

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It’s a very difficult day for Portland Police officers and their counterparts across the country as they report to work the day after five officers were gunned down in an ambush in Dallas, Texas, and seven others were hurt.

“Reliving and watching people – anybody – but police officers too, get shot and killed, it hurts,” Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman said. “I have officers out today – 2, 3 years on – never seen this nor experienced it. Now they’re wearing this uniform and they may or may not feel targeted. That’s hard for them.”

He said chaplains came to roll call Friday morning, and officers who feel more comfortable working in pairs over the next few days are encouraged to do so.

Chief Marshman is encouraging officers to turn to each other and the community to move forward.

“It’s a different environment today for them to come to go to work in,” Chief Marshman added. “But one that, hopefully, they’ll have good conversations with each other and good conversations with the community and that will be impactful. They’ll remember today 10 years from now.”

Portland Police officers wore black mourning bands over their badges Friday, and radio dispatchers held a moment of silence at noon for the victims in Dallas.

“We express the tremendous grief our nation is experiencing over this tragedy, and we send our love and thoughts to our brothers and sisters in blue,” a dispatcher’s voice was heard saying over the radio.

“We support peaceful protests, we support people exercising their constitutional rights, and then all of a sudden we have something like this happen and obviously there’s no excuse for it,” Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner told FOX12. “There’s no excuse for those cowardly acts, there’s no excuse for the carnage and the violence and the death that it caused. Just like in Minnesota, just like in Louisiana, you have families that are affected, you have mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, children that are affected.”

Turner said there are a lot of questions and emotions in the city after the violence in Dallas, which came after two African-American men were killed by police in Minnesota and Louisiana.

“I look at it from two-fold, as an African-American male and as a police officer, and as both it’s dismaying to me because we’re still a country torn by race in 2016,” Turner said. “We’re still a country that distrusts each other in 2016, and why is that?”

Turner attended roll call Friday morning and said officers were eager to get out on the streets to show the community they’re still here to serve and protect.

The PPB will be sending an Honor Guard delegation to Dallas to take part in the funerals for the victims there.

“The men and women of the police bureau, please continue to do what you do,” Chief Marshman said at City Hall, standing with other city and faith leaders. “I believe the power of prayer works and I believe that’s how we’ll get through this.”

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