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."