Eugene Police providing backup for Portland protests

Officers will be in support role unless "extreme circumstances" force them to get involved.

Posted: Aug 14, 2019 1:44 PM
Updated: Aug 14, 2019 3:39 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Calling for backup. That's the message from the Portland Police Bureau ahead of this weekend's planned Proud Boys rally and Antifa counter-protests.

And the Eugene Police Department is answering the call.

Melinda McLaughlin, a spokesperson for EPD, says officers will head north and take a support role this weekend. She said they will only get involved under "extreme circumstances."

McLaughlin would not say how many officers will be in Portland this weekend, citing the need for operational security.

The right-wing/left-wing confrontation is planned for the downtown waterfront on Saturday. Portland officials have promied a zero-tolerance policy, promising arrests for anyone who breaks the law.

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