Salem, OR (STL.News) Following a day of largely peaceful demonstrations and celebrations yesterday, Governor Kate Brown rescinded her executive order under ORS Chapter 401 to create a joint incident command structure for public safety in Portland, effective at noon today. The order had been set to expire at 5:00 p.m today.
“Free and fair elections and a peaceful transition of power are hallmarks of our democracy,” said Governor Kate Brown. “I would like to thank Oregonians for expressing their free speech rights largely through joyful celebrations yesterday. I’d also like to thank the city, county, and state law enforcement officers, as well as the Oregon National Guard volunteers, who worked over the past several days and nights to keep the peace and protect free speech in Portland.”
“I am aware that there were some confrontations between opposing groups in Salem yesterday. Whether you voted for the current President or the President-elect, we are all Americans. As the election draws to a close, now the hard work begins. In Oregon, we talk about our differences, and we overcome them. We help our neighbors in times of need. That’s how we are going to beat this pandemic, to fight for racial justice, and begin the process to heal the divisions in our nation.”