BREAKING NEWS Medford School District announces plans for 2020-2021 school year Full Story
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Governor Brown approves National Guard support for Portland Police during protests

Governor Kate Brown hosted press conference with police officials and lawmakers, addressing recent protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

Posted: Jun 1, 2020 3:28 PM
Updated: Jun 1, 2020 5:54 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown called a last-minute press briefing on Monday afternooon in the wake of protests in Portland, around the state, and across the nation sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police. In Portland and Eugene, some of those protests ended with property destruction and looting.

"This is a very difficult time for our state and the entire nation," Brown said. "Millions of people have raised their voices across the country over the weekend in a collective cry of anguish and anger. The killing of George Floyd is a stain on this country."

The Governor was joined by Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton, and several state lawmakers.


WATCH LIVE: Governor Brown hosts press briefing on George Floyd protests in Oregon


Brown said that there were multiple peaceful protests across the city of Portland over the weekend, consisting of thousands — but late at night "much smaller groups" broke away from the main protests and committed those acts of vandalism.

"Senseless violence does not honor George Floyd’s death or create accountability," Brown continued. "Only the hard work of racial justice will.”

Following the protests in Portland, Governor Brown said on Monday that she had approved reinforcements for the Portland Police Bureau — 100 troopers from Oregon State Police, and 50 members of the Oregon National Guard in a "support function only." Brown said that the Guard troops would not be used to hold the line for any potential protests and would not be armed.


RELATED: Local law enforcement condemns tactics in George Floyd's death, warns against destructive protests


Those Guard troops will be put to work caring for the injured, processing arrests, and directing traffic at protests in Portland.

Brown said that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler had repeatedly asked for National Guard mobilization over the weekend, but Brown had declined. Instead, Oregon State Police deployed additional officers to help Portland Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Fifty National Guard members were on standby Sunday night, but their presence was ultimately not needed.

Wheeler renewed his request for Guard troops on Monday, and Brown said that she finally agreed to the influx of state troopers and logistical support from the National Guard.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 12170

Reported Deaths: 234
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah288872
Marion185953
Washington184721
Umatilla10137
Clackamas98727
Malheur3732
Union3692
Lincoln3615
Lane3053
Deschutes2680
Yamhill1989
Linn18110
Jackson1790
Polk17712
Jefferson1680
Morrow1451
Klamath1371
Wasco1171
Benton1146
Hood River1050
Douglas640
Josephine571
Clatsop550
Coos530
Columbia480
Lake240
Crook181
Tillamook160
Wallowa140
Baker120
Curry90
Sherman50
Harney20
Gilliam10
Grant10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 324543

Reported Deaths: 7051
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1335493809
Riverside24765537
Orange24715423
San Diego19371422
San Bernardino19043306
Fresno828288
Imperial7827135
Alameda7731148
Kern650297
Santa Clara6298166
San Joaquin627968
Tulare5678152
Sacramento548983
Stanislaus473251
Contra Costa466190
San Francisco452250
Ventura424653
San Mateo3949112
Santa Barbara393131
Marin343430
Kings291839
Monterey268218
Solano207528
Merced188412
Sonoma170316
Placer107711
San Luis Obispo9054
Madera8938
Yolo88428
Santa Cruz5693
Napa4774
Sutter3884
San Benito3622
Butte3384
Lassen3370
El Dorado3070
Shasta1956
Yuba1923
Humboldt1654
Glenn1640
Nevada1631
Colusa1130
Mendocino1130
Lake1081
Tehama1071
Tuolumne730
Calaveras670
Del Norte600
Mono511
Siskiyou410
Amador400
Inyo351
Mariposa311
Plumas170
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 68°
Brookings
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 54°
Crater Lake
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 61°
Grants Pass
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 68°
Klamath Falls
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 61°
Sunny and hotter Tuesday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Rogue CC postpones fall sports to spring

Image

Monday, July 13th Evening Weather

Image

Rogue Retreat speaks out after homeless man killed in stabbing

Image

California Governor rolls back reopening throughout the state

Image

Rogues fall to Seals in Sunday afternoon pitching duel

Image

Monday, July 13 afternoon weather

Image

Reality Tease

Image

Monday, July 13 morning weather

Image

Sunday, July 12 evening weather

Image

Sunday, July 12 morning weather