With the presidential race still undecided, Gov. Kate Brown has extended her Monday decision to place Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) in charge of public safety in Portland.
In a Wednesday morning statement, Brown said that the two agencies will continue to lead the local law enforcement response to protests sparked by the election until Friday at 5 pm.
“Across the United States, elections officials are working hard to ensure that every vote is counted, and it may be several days until we know the results of this election,” said Brown.
“All Oregonians have the right to free expression and peaceful assembly," she continued. "But political violence, intimidation, and property destruction will not be tolerated. We are all in this together—so let’s work together to keep our fellow Oregonians safe.”
Brown's executive order, which puts Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers under the command of OSP and MCSO, was set to expire at 5 pm Wednesday evening.
Last night, hundreds of Portlanders met outside Revolution Hall and marched in the rain through Southeast Portland, decrying police violence, Donald Trump, and Mayor Ted Wheeler in different chants. No arrests were made, and police reported no property damage.
Several other racial justice and anti-Trump demonstrations are scheduled to take place across Portland this week.