FBI, Homeland Security and US Attorney's Office will be at Sunday's protests
Portland Police announced Thursday several high-ranking agencies will be present at Sunday's protests downtown, including the FBI, US Attorney's Office and Homeland Security.
Joey Gibson, a Vancouver-based leader of the Patriot Prayer group, organized the event, which is being dubbed a "free speech rally meant to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom."
It begins at 2 p.m. at Terry Schrunk Plaza, and will feature an appearance by Kyle Chapman, a right-wing nationalist. He was arrested earlier this year on battery charges during a protest in Berkeley, Calif.
The following is a press release from Portland Police:
The Portland Police Bureau would like to make the public aware of demonstrations expected to occur the afternoon of Sunday June 4, 2017, in Downtown Portland. The intent of law enforcement is to provide a safe environment for all participants, non-participants, and community members while ensuring the peaceful exercise of the First Amendment.
A planned event by one group is scheduled to be held in Terry Schrunk Plaza, located at 364 Southwest Madison Street. There are other events involving different groups expected across Southwest 4th Avenue at City Hall, and across Southwest Madison Street at Chapman Square. While there are no specific indicators that the events will disrupt traffic or transit flow, the Bureau encourages road users to be aware of the potential and to plan for alternate routes.
The City of Portland has not issued any permits for a street march and expects that any participants planning to hold a march to follow all laws and remain on sidewalks.
There will be a robust law enforcement presence due to online threats of violence between different groups. Due to these threats and the potential for violence, persons attending any of the events are discouraged from bringing any weapons (firearms, knives, etc.) or items that can be used as weapons (sticks, bats, poles, rocks, fireworks/incendiary devices, etc.) to any of the events. Prohibited items may be seized by police and, if in violation of city, state or federal law, the possessor may be arrested and charged criminally.
The City of Portland has specific conduct rules and laws that apply to parks - https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/?c=28627 including a specific prohibition on the possession of weapons in parks - https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/147782.
Terry Schrunk Plaza is a federal property where both state and federal laws apply to users. The Federal Protective Service is the lead enforcement agency for this property. Specific rules and regulations governing federal property can be found here: https://www.gsa.gov/graphics/ogp/Fed_Rules_Regs8_5x11_Final2005_R27-s10_0Z5RDZ-i34K-pR.pdf
The Bureau has been collaborating with law enforcement and public safety partners to ensure that public safety is the top priority for all participants and community members. Law enforcement will be prepared to arrest and prosecute those individuals who commit criminal acts.
The law enforcement and public safety partners include, but are not limited to the following agencies:
Portland Police Bureau
Oregon State Police
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Federal Protective Service
Department of Homeland Security
Federal Bureau of Investigation
United States Attorney's Office
Multnomah County District Attorney's Office
Portland Fire & Rescue
"The Federal Protective Service stands with it partners within the Portland community to ensure the peaceful exercise of individual freedoms of demonstration and speech, while preserving and protecting the safety of all individuals on federal property," said Robert Sperling, Director of Communications and Engagement for the Federal Protective Service.
The Portland Police Bureau intends to share pertinent information with the community on the day of the events through its main Twitter account, @PortlandPolice
Life-threatening emergencies should be reported to 9-1-1. Call 9-1-1 if you can; text 9-1-1 if you can't. Texts to 9-1-1 cannot include emoticons, emoji's, pictures, or videos. People near others who are preparing to or in the act of committing criminal behavior are encouraged to separate themselves from the group and notify police.
Anyone with information about criminal behavior being planned at any of these events is asked to share it by email to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov; or, anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Oregon by texting CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip; online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php or by calling 503-823-HELP (4357).