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Police absent during political violence in downtown Portland

A familiar sight returned to downtown Portland this past weekend: armed far-right groups engaged in violent clashes with counterprotesters. The violence happened during two separate religious events, and brought out a number of familiar faces at protests, including a Southwest Washington man who has been federally charged for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection and a man previously convicted of assault at demonstrations.

Police identify victim in Thursday’s police shooting

The Portland Police Bureau identified the victim in Thursday’s police shooting as 40-year-old Michael Ray Townsend. Portland police officer Curtis Brown shot and killed Townsend in the parking lot of a Motel 6 during a welfare check.

A US flag waves outside the Portland Police Bureau building.

Portland Police Association president resigns amid leak investigation

The president of the Portland Police Association, the union representing rank and file officers, unexpectedly resigned Tuesday citing “a serious, isolated mistake related to the Police Bureau’s investigation into the alleged hit-and-run by Commissioner (Jo Ann) Hardesty.”