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Six groups receive grants to focus on restorative justice, closing income gap. 

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In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Demetria Hester reacts to verdicts of guilty on all twelve counts at the Jeremy Christian trial in Portland, Ore. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP, Pool, File) 

At least several hundred people who have been arrested in the past few months will not face criminal prosecution.

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Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, listens to House Speaker Tina Kopek, D-Portland, speak in a committee meeting during a special session of the Legislature at the Capitol in Salem, Ore., Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (Brian Hayes/Statesman Journal via AP) 

Sen. James Manning, D-Eugene, says choke holds are "a tool to take a life."

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Protestors block Fourth Avenue outside Seattle City Hall during Monday's Seattle City Council budget committee voting, which included potential Seattle Police Department cuts, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times via AP) 

Carmen Best, the city’s first Black police chief, said in a letter to the department that her retirement will be effective Sept. 2.

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The Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing Steering Committee will meet Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 5:30 –7pm

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Tear gas was used by police on protesters Wednesday for the first time since the U.S. agents pulled back their presence

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Katrina Holland, executive director of homeless services nonprofit JOIN, spearheaded the Reimagine Oregon effort.  

Coalition of Black-led and Black-focused organizations takes new approach to concrete change 

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Signatures are collected at launch event for More Treament campaign. (Photo by Steve Dipaola) 

The initiative would expand access to drug addiction treatment and recovery services, and decriminalize low-level drug possession.

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A person drops off a ballot for Washington state's primary election Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at a collection box at the King County Administration Building in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) 

In early returns, with nearly 17% of the vote, Loren Culp, the police chief of Republic, had the largest share among 35 other candidates.

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