Pamplin Media Group – Portland executives slam protesters’ attack on TV crew

City commissioners Jo Ann Hardesty, Mingus Mapps and Carmen Rubio all condemned the incident.

After Kyle Rittenhouse’s verdict rioted Friday night November 19, three members of Portland city council condemned the “senseless violence” – including an attack on the press that occurred that night.

“People have the right to be upset and the right to protest,” Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty said in a response on Saturday (November 20). “Just as protesters have the right to film the police or anything that happens in public, the press has the right to film what is happening in public.”

Hardesty said she always learned all the details of what had happened “but wanted to make it clear that attacking or intimidating the press is never acceptable, like what happened to a KATU team.”

She continued: “I am grateful to see the reports that the crew were not injured and I wish to express my gratitude to the media who are doing their job under difficult and tense circumstances.”

KATU reported that several people dressed in black attempted to prevent their film crew from filming, then attacked a cameraman, prompting a confrontation with the TV station’s security guard.

A KOIN security guard was brutalized in Portland after a reporter went to check on an alleged “autonomous zone” created in the city center following the August clash between Proud Boys and Antifa, although the channel television station did not say anything about it publicly. at the time, the Tribune learned about it.

Commissioner Carmen Rubio called a “free and strong press” critical of the success of the local government, calling the attack on KATU “bad and counterproductive”.

“I hope those who engage in future protests will step in if they see anything like this happening and ensure the safety of all members of the press,” she added.

Commissioner Mingus Mapps said he appreciates KATU journalists who have been attacked and assaulted while working.

“Another night of senseless violence and vandalism,” Mapps said in a statement. “Thank you, Portland Police Office and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, for stepping in before things got out of hand,” he said.

“To those who continue to engage in unlawful destruction and political violence, know this: you will not be remembered as heroes of a movement but as villains in the story of Portland’s recovery,” he said. he added. “This can’t go on. Portland deserves better.”

PHOTO - State Representative Andrea ValderramaNot all the chosen ones official called for calm following the acquittal of Rittenhouse, who was tried by a jury to act in self-defense when he shot dead two people and injured a third during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.

“NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE,” tweeted recently appointed state lawmaker Andrea Valderrama, whose House District covers much of East Portland’s Centennial, Wilkes, Glenfair, Mill Park and Hazelwood neighborhoods. .

Mayor Ted Wheeler did not address violence against journalists, but issued a statement on Saturday calling for an end to violence in general.

“Although I support peaceful protests, I strongly condemn any act of criminal destruction and violence. This is not a plea to advance reforms. These actions do not reflect our values ​​as a city,” he said. -he declares.

In a statement Saturday afternoon, Portland Police Association president Sgt. Aaron Schmautz said: “We cannot stand the whim of a small, unleashed mob doomed to destruction. Instead, these violent actors must be held accountable.”

He called for the Portland Police Office to be fully staffed and able to work with everyone “to bring solutions to the table.”

KOIN 6 News reporter Joelle Jones and Portland Tribune staff member Zane Sparling contributed reporting for this article. Read the story on the KOIN website here.

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