PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – In a one-on-one interview on Monday, Gov. Kate Brown spoke about her response to the protest situation in Portland.

FOX 12’s Wayne Garcia asked Brown several questions, including what her gut reaction was when she heard over the weekend that someone was shot to death at a protest in Portland.

“I was horrified, my heart goes out to the family,” Brown said. “This is really devastating to, frankly, the entire country.”

Garcia also asked Brown if she would like to share a response to some of the criticisms to the statement Brown released after the shooting on Saturday, in which she condemned Patriot Prayer, a far-right group in Portland, and armed militias.

“As far as our reporting is concerned, the victim was actually, we believe, a member of Patriot Prayer, and some of the calls we’ve gotten feel as though you kind of painted that caravan with a broad brush,” Garcia said. “We’ve been careful not to call all protesters as being violent, do you have any problem with the families that may have been involved in the caravan who simply wanted to show their support for law enforcement?

Brown said she believes it is very important for Oregonians to be able to exercise their right to free speech.

“Whether it’s supporting our law enforcement or issuing a clarion call to ending racism, I ask that everyone do so, and do it peacefully,” Brown said.

Brown said she did not have a problem with people who want to share their support for a separate protest for law enforcement.

“I think the challenge that we are facing in this country is that our president, President Trump, is sowing the seeds of hatred and division,” Brown said. “And we are seeing these seeds bear fruit in communities around the entire country … it has to end.”

Garcia also asked Brown about her United Law Enforcement Plan.

“Did you lay the groundwork with these counties?” Garcia said. “Because frankly, we spoke with some leaders in those counties, and the first they heard of this plan was over the weekend when you announced it. Do you think you’ll get buy-in, and what’d you do in preparations for this?”

Brown said her office had been working on the plan for a handful of days.

“I certainly have reached out to local elected officials, but this is a comprehensive unified law enforcement approach, we are asking for local jurisdictions to assist the City of Portland, this is routine mutual aid agreements that have happened over the years, possibly decades, in this region, and we think that it is really important at this point in time for the region to come together to help end the violence on the streets of Portland.”

Garcia also asked about the National Guard. Mayor Wheeler in his address to the City of Portland over the weekend mentioned that he had reached out to Brown to ask for help from the National Guard, but said those requests were denied.

“Mayor Wheeler made those requests months ago, so it’s not a particularly pertinent to the recent events,” Brown said. “We are using the National Guard for critically important duties. For example right now, they have assisted the employment department … they have helped deliver protective equipment to communities around the state, and unfortunately if fire season gets much worse, we’re going to need their assistance in supporting firefighting efforts. So, that’s really important work … what we need in terms of the City of Portland is trained law enforcement.”

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office have said that they will not send deputies into that area of Portland, as they don’t feel they have the political support necessary.

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FedUp

She is so full of it! I can't believe the majority didn't oust her worthless behind when they had the chance! I'd demand a recount!

Mr Q

Hmmmm.... Brown said. “We are using the National Guard for critically important duties. For example right now, they have assisted the employment department … they have helped deliver protective equipment to communities around the state, and unfortunately if fire season gets much worse, we’re going to need their assistance in supporting firefighting efforts. So, that’s really important work … what we need in terms of the City of Portland is trained law enforcement.”

So Brown has some National Guard Members from Administration/Finance platoons working with unemployment.. Some Logistics platoons out delivering PPE.. and of course the Engineer Battalions will be assisting with Fire Fighting when that need arises .... why does Our Dear Beloved Leader Kate Brown NOT call upon the 1186th Military Police Company of the Oregon National Guard.. I mean they are actually law enforcement.. or the Thousands of other soldiers in the Oregon National Guard. When I was in the Oregon National Guard every unit received Riot Control Training.. do they not receive that training any more?

Son of Fukov

With respect to using the guard Comrade Brown says “Mayor Wheeler made those requests months ago, so it’s not a particularly pertinent to the recent events.” Nice deflection, but you never answered why you didn't deploy them when requested.

Brown said. “We are using the National Guard for critically important duties. For example right now, they have assisted the employment department … they have helped deliver protective equipment to communities around the state." You need the guard to do these trivial things while the Portland war zone burns? Stop your pathetic lying and admit you want this violence and destruction to continue for your own political purposes.

This is your pathetic sadistic governor, Oregon. You voted her in. Are you happy? If not, why are you not contacting your representatives to reconvene and impeach her? She could not care less about the people or businesses of this state.

DenWin52

Once again Ch 12 labels the conservatives as "Far Right" without labeling the left "Far Left" even though 90+% of the violence/vandalism/disruption is from the FAR LEFT.

DBP

Read Brown's press release: https://www.myoregon.gov/2020/08/30/governor-kate-brown-announces-unified-law-enforcement-plan-to-protect-free-speech-bring-violence-to-an-end-in-portland/. Nowhere will you see condemnation of Antifa or other far-left radicals. Just a week ago Back the Blue held a rally that was attacked by antifa and their ilk. I ask the Governor, "Is the mere presence of a group holding a peaceful rally somehow inherently violent? Where is the accountability for the radical left's actions. Gov - you are an embarrassing putz.

commentor

What the governor is can't be said here because it will get the person saying it banned.

DBP

If what is happening in Portland - would happen in Salem - maybe, just maybe, Brown would be forced to take meaningful action. Her Unified Law Enforcement Plan was DOA. Surrounding agencies quit assisting PPB years ago due to the unacceptable risks.

MDE

Typical Liberal never takes responsibility for their own actions. Brown (in real-time) is losing 1k brain cells every time she says "ugh"

Please make her stop talking....it hurts my soul......

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Delta85

Does she not run the state please someone tell me.... Blame Blame others for a state you run is so stupid. Hey Lady don't you make policy here not Trump? Can't you end this with putting your foot down and saying NO more? It's so easy to blame others to protect your job or to make a political statements but actually caring for the people who live here really must be hard for you! Resign now!

PDX2MtHood

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Insomn

The tenacity of Brown! Wow, She without a shred of evidence. Claims patriot prayer is linked to white nationals and because she incited violence against them with her out of control rioters! That she has let run a muck for 100 days.Which lead to the cold blooded murder of another person. Then she tries to blame TRUMP!?!?! I'm sick and tired of this troglodyte pretending like we are as dumb as her!

Thinking Person

Headline should be: “Brown’s Plan Rejected By Surrounding Counties After Lack of Consultation” Brown is such a fraud and hurriedly cobbled together a “plan” after Sunday’s murder. The No Plan Plan already failed last night. She also suggests somehow this is about Trump’s rhetoric which just shows how much these Idiots in “leadership” have lost the thread. They actually think the Riot Rats care or pay attention. They lack credibility and everyone except Brown, Wheeler snd the DA know it. I thought it was about “racial justice” and “defunding” the Police. I can’t wait for the part of Brown’s Super Dooper Plan where Wheeler is supposed to join with rioters and “community leaders” to have a “conversation.” If it happens it will be an epic train wreck. Bring popcorn.

webjak

Democrats rioting in the street against the local police, democrats burning buildings, democrats looting and killing, democrats fighting against their local elected government and our twit of a governor blames Trump. This would be a comedy if it wasn't such an indictment of the democrat party.

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retired40

This woman' and I use the term loosely, is nothing but a double talkin lying person, and a fool. What sane person would take a stand against law and order, and support the anarchists ?

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jstrong

Governor,

“My goal here is to keep people safe and enable folks to protest peacefully throughout the streets of Portland,” she told KATU.

Where have you been for the last three months? Are you that blind? Do you think that the law abiding citizens of Portland don't realize that you left them to be destroyed by RIOTERS??

I pray the Police bureaus around the state tell you to pound sand! You and your "little boy" Wheeler are responsible for the violence and it continues to this day!

Last night "little boy" Wheeler almost had his apartment burned down BY HIS supporters. He loves and cherishes the "night rats" who are responsible for the violence and arson (and MURDER). You are both fools believing you can hold fire to your chest and not be burned!

Caracalla

We need some tort lawyers to start pressing charges or enact "citizens arrests" on brown wheeler and the predator hardesty and throw in the DA while we're at it.

Roberto Estrello Demar

This has been growing for years, while Portland mimicked the three monkeys. They refused to see, refused to listen, refused to allow others to speak, and kept the schools under their thumbs. It won't go away that easily.

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