Aug 06, 2020
Portland's Black police chief says violent protesters have 'taken away from' the Black Lives Matter movement
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Portland, Oregon Police Chief Chuck Lovell speaks at a press conference on August 5, 2020. KGW
- Chuck Lovell, the police chief of Portland, Oregon, called for violent protesters to stop their actions at a Wednesday press conference.
- While protests in downtown Portland have been peaceful since the presence of federal agents was scaled back last week, there have been violent offshoot protests in other parts of the city.
- "Portlanders need to send a strong message that enough is enough. This is not forwarding the goals that are going to lead to better outcomes for people of color," said Lovell, who is Black.
- Wednesday marked the 70th consecutive day of demonstrations in the city, which started after George Floyd's death in late May.
- The Portland police declared riots on Tuesday and Wednesday night as this smaller group of protesters targeted a police union office and a police precinct.
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Portland's police chief called out a small band of agitators who have started violent offshoots of the largely-peaceful Black Lives Matter protests, saying they have "taken away from" the movement.
Speaking at a Wednesday morning press conference, Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell, who is Black, said that the violence "is not forwarding the goals that are going to lead to better outcomes for people of color."
"This movement is really powerful, but the violence has taken away from it ... This is not what Portland is about. This is not what we need in our city," Lovell said, according to KGW.
Wednesday marked the 70th consecutive day of protests in the city, which began after the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, in late May.
A man is seen using a wrench to try and shatter the front window of a Portland Police precinct in Southeast Portland Wednesday night. KGW
Portland's protests have been held in the downtown area, near the police headquarters and a federal courthouse. They were largely peaceful until early July, when President Donald Trump sent federal agents to the city to quell the unrest.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown cut a deal with the White House last week to start scaling back the federal presence in Portland, and demonstrations have since become more peaceful again.
However, in recent nights, smaller groups have broken off and held separate demonstrations outside police precincts and union buildings in other parts of Portland, and it's these protests that have turned violent.
The Portland police declared riots at these demonstrations on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
On Tuesday night, one group broke into the Portland Police Association's Office in North Portland and set fires, according to The Oregonian. Officers had rocks and bricks thrown at them and three people were detained, according to KGW.
"If you're trying to burn, burglarize buildings or throw Molotov cocktails, rocks or other things that injure officers ... to me, there's no message there," Lovell had told the press conference hours later on Wednesday morning, according to The Oregonian.
That night, a couple hundred people gathered outside the Southwest Portland police precinct, with one person trying to break a window, and another starting a fire in a trash can next to the entrance, The Oregonian reported.
Police responded to that riot with stun grenades, and detained at least four people.
Protesters march through Portland after rallying at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on August 2, 2020. Noah Berger/AP
At his Wednesday morning press conference, Lovell said it has been difficult to continue redirecting officers to man protests at a time when the city is seeing an increase in gun violence.
According to the police, there were 99 shootings in July, 35 more than last year.
Lovell said he was speaking out to inspire Portland to come together on this issue, saying the violence won't end until the city takes a united stand against it.
"Portlanders need to send a strong message that enough is enough," Lovell said.
Lovell also wrote an op-ed in The New York Times on Monday, where he differentiated the mostly-peaceful protests from the subset of agitators causing the bulk of violence.
"As police officers, our duty is to uphold the rights of anyone to assemble peacefully and engage in free speech," he wrote. "But over the months of protests, a concerning dynamic developed. People protested peacefully, while others engaged in dangerous activities that could have resulted in injury and even death."
"As a Black man and a public servant, I have a unique perspective. I agree with a local pastor, E.D. Mondainé, who stated these 'spectacles' are drowning out the voices that need to be heard to make positive change. This violence is doing nothing to further the Black Lives Matter movement."
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Weekend Gun Violence: At Least 35 People Shot, 4 Killed In Chicago So Far This Weekend
CHICAGO (CBS) — At least 35 people had been shot in Chicago this weekend as of mid-afternoon Sunday, and four of them had been killed.
The incidents included two mass shootings that happened within a period of an hour in different parts of the city’s South Side on Saturday.
At 5:38 p.m. Saturday, multiple people were in the 12200 block of South May Street when they heard shots and felt pain, police said. Witnesses said two black sedans came down the street and people inside started shooting at people who were standing on the sidewalk, on a porch, and inside a home, police said.
A 24-year-old man was shot in the right foot and a 29-year-old man was shot in the left torso and forearm. Both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where their conditions were stabilized police said.
A man about 50 years old was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center after being shot in the right ankle. His condition was also stabilized, police said.
A fourth man of an unknown age was shot multiple times in the chest and was taken to Advocate Christ in critical condition, police said.
The cars from which the shots were fired fled north on May Street, police said.
About 38 minutes earlier, four people were also wounded in a separate shooting several miles to the north and west in Chicago Lawn.
Around 5 p.m. Saturday in the 6800 block of South Claremont Avenue, police said a 23-year-old man was shot in the lower back and a 39-year-old woman was shot in the right calf. Both were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where their conditions were stabilized.
A man about 30 years old was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition with multiple shots to the abdomen, and a 38-year-old man was taken to the same hospital, where his condition was stabilized, after suffering a shot to the right ankle.
A witness said the assailant, a man standing 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, fled east in the alley north of 69th Street.
There were also two shootings this weekend that left three people injured – one in Englewood on the South Side, the other in South Austin on the west.
At 4:04 a.m. Saturday, three people were in separate cars in the 7000 block of South Peoria Street when someone inside a passing vehicle opened fire and shot them all. Two men, both 27, suffered graze wounds – one in the arm and other in the back. The first man refused medical attention and was in good condition, the second was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in fair condition.
The third victim was a 49-year-old woman who was shot in the lower back side. She found her own way to Provident Hospital of Cook County, where she was in fair condition, police said.
Around 8:40 p.m. Saturday, three men were standing on the sidewalk in the 300 block of North Laramie Avenue when someone in a sedan fired shots. A 42-year-old man was shot in the left leg and was taken to Stroger Hospital of Cook County in good condition, while a 47-year-old man was shot in the left leg and left hand and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition. A 33-year-old man was taken to the same hospital in good condition with a shot to the left leg.
In fatal incidents, a 24-year-old man was found unresponsive on the ground at 5:38 p.m. Friday in the 8400 block of South Escanaba Avenue in South Chicago, with a gunshot wound to the side of his head. The man, identified as Isaiah Armstrong, was pronounced dead.
Another man was shot and killed around 10:05 p.m. Friday in the 5700 block of West Midway Park in the South Austin neighborhood.
Police said officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert of gunfire and found the man in the driver’s seat of a parked car, with multiple gunshot wounds to his face and chest. Based on a preliminary investigation, police believe a male suspect walked up to the car and fired multiple shots.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
At 3:09 a.m. Sunday, a 39-year-old man was walking in the 7900 block of South South Chicago Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood, when he was approached by another man who shot him in the neck. The victim was discovered unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Just before 10 a.m. Sunday, a driver was talking to someone who was outside his vehicle in the 3900 block of West Roosevelt Road, when someone else came up and shot him inside his car.
The victim drove off after being shot, heading east on Roosevelt when he struck a parked vehicle that then struck a pedestrian waiting for a bus in the 3200 block of West Roosevelt Road. The pedestrian suffered minor injuries. The driver was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital where he later died.
At 1:05 p.m. Sunday, a man was shot and killed in the 6900 block of South Campbell Avenue in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. Police said the 26-year-old man was struck by unknown gunfire and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead.
The Albany Park area, which has been in the headlines in recent weeks for an uptick in gun violence that has left residents alarmed, saw two shootings this weekend – along with a third just to the south and west in Old Irving Park.
In the 4100 block of West Lawrence Avenue in the Mayfair community – part of the Albany Park police district and community area – an 18-year-old man was shot in the chest and back around 6:45 p.m. Friday. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in an unknown condition.
Around 10:16 p.m. Friday, a 38-year-old man was found with gunshots to the head, chest, and arm in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the 2700 block of West Agatite Avenue, in the Ravenswood Manor community on the eastern edge of Albany Park. He was also taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic, where he was in serious condition.
At 12:41 p.m. Sunday, a 19-year-old man was shot in the arm in the 4700 block of West Irving Park Road in the Old Irving Park neighborhood. He was taken to Community First Medical Center in good condition.
Over a period of three consecutive days last week, seven people were shot in Albany Park and two of them were killed. The CPD has pointed to gang feuds as the reason for the increase in shootings.