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This photo taken at Peninsula Park Friday, May 29 at 6 p.m. shows people gathered to protest the Minneapolis police killing of a Black man George Floyd. A group left the park after the rally and went downtown. Property was damaged and graffiti was painted on many buildings along their route on MLK Blvd. (photo by Jerry Foster)
By The Skanner News
Published: 30 May 2020

Today Mayor Ted Wheeler issued an executive order declaring an emergency and implementing a temporary nighttime curfew in the City of Portland, Ore. The curfew takes effect from 8 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

In a press release, Wheeler said, "On May 25, 2020, George Floyd died while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. Since Mr. Floyd’s death, thousands of Americans and Portlanders have expressed their frustration in a peaceful and constructive manner. Demonstrators have gathered in many cities to protest Mr. Floyd’s death. Peaceful demonstrations are essential to our democratic system."

Theotis Cason, owner of Cason’s Fine Meats on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. spoke to KGW today in the video below. "I want to see Portland be a better place."

"Unfortunately, some individuals have engaged in unlawful and dangerous activity, including arson, rioting, looting, and damaging public and private property," Wheeler continues. "These activities threaten the safety of lawful demonstrators, the surrounding communities, and first responders."

Executive Order includes:

  1. State of Emergency
  2. Nighttime Curfew in place from 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 30, 2020 until 6:00 am on Sunday, May 31, 2020 in all public places in Portland.
  3. Travel Prohibited on any public street or place.
  4. "Travel" includes travel on foot, bicycle, skateboard, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, public transit, or any other mode of transporting a person from one location to another.
  5. "Public place" is any place, whether on privately or publicly owned property, accessible to the general public, including but not limited to public streets and roads, alleys, highways, driveways, sidewalks, parks, vacant lots, and unsupervised property.
  6. Exemptions: Law enforcement, fire, medical personnel, news media, traveling directly to and from work, seeking emergency care, fleeing dangerous circumstances, or experiencing homelessness.
  7. Refusal to obey this order shall be punishable upon conviction by a fine of not more than $500 per occurrence.

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