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FBI preparing for 'potential violence' in Oregon following Capitol unrest

The FBI's Oregon office says it has set up a command post to share information with local law enforcement in Oregon amid heightened tensions in the country.

Posted: Jan 14, 2021 3:29 PM
Updated: Jan 14, 2021 3:31 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Oregon office says that it is working with law enforcement in the state to prepare for potential violence after the insurrection in Washington, D.C. last week.

"Given the unrest at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, we are maintaining a heightened posture to monitor for any emerging threats to our region," said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge at the FBI's Portland Field Office. "We are focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals who were involved in the siege of the U.S. Capitol and/or those who may continue to incite violence and engage in criminal activity here locally."

Cannon said that the FBI in Oregon is running a command post to gather and share intelligence with local law enforcement, including Oregon State Police, Salem Police, and the Portland Police Bureau.


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The federal agency says it has special agents, bomb technicians, the FBI Evidence Response Team, tactical teams, intelligence teams, and other staff on hand to aid with investigations and counter potential threats of violence — both at the state Capitol in Salem and throughout the state.

"We need the public’s help to protect our state and the rights of peaceful protesters," Cannon continued. "We cannot be successful without the help of the American people as work to fulfill our mission: protect the American people and uphold the U.S. Constitution."

The FBI says it urges Oregonians to call them at (503) 224-4181 or go to tips.fbi.gov to submit information regarding any potential violence at any upcoming protest or event. You can also call 1 (800) CALL-FBI. If you know of an immediate emergency, call 911.

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