SALEM, OR (KPTV) – Leaders across the state of Oregon have been calling to an end to the violence in Portland for more than three months. Governor Kate Brown issued a plan to help calm the unrest in Portland that would involve adding additional law enforcement resources from neighboring jurisdictions to help Portland Police. However, many neighboring law enforcement agencies are pushing back, saying they will not be sending any of their resources to help in Portland.

The Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police and the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association released a statement that said in part, “Due to the lack of support for public safety operations, the associated liability to agencies who would be assisting in Portland and the lack of accountability for those arrested committing criminal acts, we cannot dedicate our limited resources away from the communities we serve.”

Strong words also came from the Clackamas County Sheriff, Craig Roberts. He said it’s not about adding resources, but changing policy.

Law enforcement agencies across Oregon respond to Gov. Brown's call to action


Roberts statement said in part, “Increasing law enforcement resources in Portland will not solve the nightly violence and now, murder. The only way to make Portland safe again, is to support a policy that holds offenders accountable for their destruction and violence. That will require the DA to charge offenders appropriately and a decision by the Multnomah County Presiding Judge not to allow offenders released on their own recognizance, and instead require bail with conditions.”

Alexander Reid Ross who is a professor at Portland State University studies white nationalist groups and the Antifa movement response. He also said more officers won’t stop the violence.

“If the police want to diminish violence in the streets of Portland, you know getting between the actors engaged in that violence might be a start,” Ross said. “I would also say if they want to diminish the anger than left wing protesters feel then they might have to answer some of the issues of bias that have been coming up. I mean if you put yourself in one of their shoes where you know one group is patting you on the back saying we love you all the way and the other person is saying there’s all this systemic racism and sharply criticizing you, then you might be a little bit bias toward the person who is your supporter.”

In response to the backlash, Governor Brown’s office released a statement that said, “The Governor’s plan to protect free speech and bring the violence and arson to an end in Portland is meant to allow for local flexibility in supporting each other as we all collectively deal with the difficult situation in Portland. It is up to each county to determine the personnel and resources they have available to volunteer for this effort.”

We reached out to PPB for comment and are waiting to hear back.

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(23) comments

Delta Bravo

Please include the entire Craig Roberts quote. It is very informative. You left off the part regarding the intense scrutiny that is focused on the PPB. That is a huge factor as the rioters can do no wrong and the police can do no right.


The governor's lack luster apathetic view on crime is disgusting. She needs to be recalled for the horrendous damage she has done to our state. Her ridiculous view on the President's offer to help is despicable. She needs to grow up, stop thinking about herself, put her big girl pants on and do her job!!! Between her and Wheeler they are the destructive duo who doesn't give one rip about people's lives. You throw that buffoon District Attornry in and you have the three stooges. You three need to step back and let the adults who care run the show. There needs to be charges pressed against all three and make them stick.


Consider the behavior of Antifa and the radical left. Then compare with the definition of fascism: "A form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion." [Robert O. Paxton, "The Anatomy of Fascism," 2004]


Kenosha's response has really shown the country what fools Oregonians are.


'Law enforcement agencies across Oregon respond to Gov. Brown's call to action' And their answers should be 'nope, nada, zip, and that's a big no can do.'

Frederick Fukov

What is this loser's problem? Why would she call on suburban and county resources, instead of calling out the National Guard, which is what should have been done the 2nd or 3rd night of rioting? Unbelievable, just how inept, incompetent, indignant, ignorant, and downright arrogant this woman is. It's no wonder that Patriot Prayer and other militia groups are gathering steam. Maybe when a full on unCIVIL WAR breaks out in downtown Portland, maybe THEN she will finally cave in and call up the Guard. But I doubt it. The one thing we're all pretty sure of is we will NEVER hear Kate or Ted admit their failures. Seriously, two of THE most insecure, egomaniacal morons I've ever witnessed.


'Law enforcement agencies across Oregon respond to Gov. Brown's call to action' I believe the Washington County Sheriff told the governor in no uncertain terms to go pound sand, that he was not going to risk sending his deputies into Portlandistan. Spineless Ted, Jo Ann "I hate the police and everything about them" Hardesty, and the tyrant queen created this mess, let them clean it up.

Eliza Cassan

Every other law enforcement agency is telling Portland to simply enforce the law. Due their job basically. Yet the President is to blame somehow.


Let it burn. 3000 signatures short again? The people have spoken a second time and are quite content in having Brown as their tyrant leader. I wonder how many downtown business owners and employees directly effected by protests signed the recall.

Mr Q

I wonder how many of those signatures that were not counted were because of being on then”wrong weight” of paper


The only way this Governor wants to protect free speech, is if the free speech fits her agenda. She is a one way person of low morals and apparently low intelligence, or she is completely evil.



The jokes on you! Police around the state don't want to help you and Wheeler out of the situation that YOU ALLOWED! You're an idiot if you think other Police agencies want their Police abused and not have the criminal RIOTERS jailed AND prosecuted! You and your lapdog Ted, need to step up and put the RIOTERS down hard. I hope NO one answers your call. Go home and make cookies but get the heck out of politics as you've failed miserably.


We don't have any of this today. We have outright chaos on our streets.


Of course the various agencies refuse to send help, they would be exposing those cops to condemnation and would leave them hanging, just like they left PPB Hanging, if they find themselves forced to use force against someone of color. No department, and no body, wants to be put in that kind of situation, so sc¢×£ Portland. Who can blame them. They need to bring in the national guard, train them up and turn them loose at a few protests. The governor won't give Trump the satisfaction. Which means that she has already decided that Portland can burn down as far as she's concerned. She will not send in the guard, no matter what. And the mayor, he so afraid the police will do something to establish some degree of control at some point, that he tells the chief, who tells the cops, that they can't use can gas of their sidearms, only clubs. He has no solutions, just blames everything on Trump. He needs to resign, because this crisis in Portland is in fact a crisis, and needs to be handled in whatever way allows it's citizens to walk to the store, or go shopping without being harassed or worse. Where an actual peaceful protester doesn't risk their life by disagreeing with black lives. This is our city. We pay taxes to have police mAintain safety and good order of the city. We pay taxes for a DA who will prosecute violations of law regardless of some underlying reason for the violation.

Frederick Fukov

This is no longer "our" city. It hasn't been "our" city for decades. It's "their" city, and they know it. The only thing we can to leave..and watch it burn from afar.

Roberto Estrello Demar

So, Portland, if you keep voting for clowns, you're going to keep having the Portland Clown Show. If you continue to let Media, Academia, Enviros, "Special Interests Du Jour," Party and the Teachers' Unions to dictate your direction, "Good Luck!" A total crash might well be required in order to change these delusionals' course.


It's the "non partisan" voting we need to get rid of first and foremost. It's always dem vs dem in an endless vicious cycle and if wheeler loses his opponent in the genral election is a self proclaimed "democratic socialist". Should always be dem vs Repub vs Indie.

Frederick Fukov

That's not ever going to change. Gov. Tom McCall saw this coming decades ago, when he had billboards erected on the Southern Oregon border that read "Welcome Californians. Come visit, but don't stay here." He KNEW what eventually would migrate up from California, and it's out of control, radical liberalism. It's not just an's a disease..akin to the notorious pine beetle infestation, only with sub-human liberals taking on the role of the beetles. Today, democrats outnumber republicans in Oregon by 10%. How are you ever going to get at least 10% of Oregon democrats to vote against their own party? These are not normal moderate democrats in Oregon. These are the worst of the worst, THE most brain dead sub humans I've ever encountered. How else can one explain the absurdity that comes out of Ted's and Kate's pie-holes?

Delta Bravo

Well stated Sheriff Roberts. Clackamas County can be proud of such leadership. Shame on Gov Brown for volunteering everyone else's protection to cover up the Brown/Wheeler failures in Portland.

pb sir

So, basically every police agency in the state, outside of the immediate Portland area, are saying that things are so screwed up here that they don't want to send their Officers to work here. That's great, isn't it?


That is what the National guard is for. The surrounding area police are being paid by different taxing agencies and is not of their affairs. In other words, the heck with portland, until they get their politics straightened out.

Frederick Fukov

Why should they? That's what the National Guard is for. The only problem is, to call up the National to finally admit failure.


...but the National Guard is too busy helping - the unemployment division? How does that even make sense... She really has no clue what she is doing.

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