Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw’s message Monday to protesters intent on gathering in the city Aug. 17 to commit violence: “Don’t come. We don’t want you here. I don’t care what side you’re on.’’
The chief promised to make arrests and disperse crowds if violence breaks out during dueling demonstrations that are planned for August 17 in the city.
One demonstration is calling itself, “End Domestic Terrorism – Better Dead Than Red” and the other is positioning itself as an “Anti Antifa” rally.
“We will be there in mass to ensure that we can react and ensure there are quick and swift consequences,’’ Outlaw said.
Outlaw issued the warning as Portland police try to reach out to other local, state and federal law enforcement to increase the number of officers attending the competing demonstrations. Social media rhetoric has been ramping up between the two groups and clashes are expected.
The statement falls on the heels of criticism that Portland police refused to step in and take action to stop violent altercations that broke out during similar dueling demonstrations on June 29 and during the assault of conservative writer Andy Ngo.