Police, supporters call for moratorium on violence, talks about change

July 19, 2020 By

Portland police representatives and community members reached out to protesters in a politically-charged Sunday press conference.

They called for a moratorium on the nightly violent protests and a community conversation about solutions.

Escalating protests against systemic racism in Portland have generated national and even international news stories. Demonstrators broke into the police union headquarters and set it on fire Saturday night.

Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner, who is Black, joined other community members outside the damaged building on Sunday to call for a moratorium in the nightly violence and a conversation about proposals for change. He was joined by longtime local civil rights activists, who said the nightly violence was distracting from the larger message of racial equality.

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