Gov. Brown talks Eugene protests, reassures local leaders

Brown announced the activation of 50 National Guard troops to be sent to Portland as well as 100 Oregon State Police troopers.

Posted: Jun 1, 2020 7:54 PM
Updated: Jun 1, 2020 7:57 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Gov. Kate Brown reassured local leaders in Eugene that the state is providing all the support necessary to keep the peace as civil unrest grows in the state and around the country.

Brown's hour-long press conference mainly focused on the riots in Portland, but she did address the riots in Eugene Friday night, as well as the disturbances around downtown Sunday night. Brown said she did speak to Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis over the weekend.

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"The decision I made regarding the National Guard is that I wanted to make sure we had an adequate capacity of our Oregon State Police to protect Oregonians around the state," Brown said.

Brown announced the activation of 50 National Guard troops to be sent to Portland as well as 100 Oregon State Police troopers. They are meant to hold a "support function only."

OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton said this will free up other troopers to be able to help in communities like Eugene if needed.

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"We are shifting resources by the hour. OSP resources statewide are on a 24-hour emergency operation shift," Hampton said.

If local police departments, like Eugene Police, need back-up, Hampton said every trooper within 100 miles will be called to assist.

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck until he died, faces charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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