Bend-area residents are planning a Justice for George Floyd rally Saturday to call attention to his death after a white Minneapolis Police officer knelt on his neck. The gathering will begin about 10:45 a.m. in front of Bank of America at the corner of Wall Street and Newport Avenue, according to a Facebook event page.

Four days after George Floyd died, rallies have sprung up around the country in solidarity to Floyd, who is black. By early evening Friday, more than 100 people indicated they would attend the rally in Bend.

Also Friday, Bend Police Chief Jim Porter released a statement on the incident, which was captured on video and has now been viewed millions of times.

“After 42 years of policing, I did not believe there existed a situation or set of circumstances that could bring me to tears in an instant or cause me to question my fundamental trust in American justice,” Porter wrote. “But after having watched the brutal murder of George Floyd, I was proven wrong.”

Porter told The Bulletin that Bend Police would schedule individual meetings next week with community partners to discuss “Minnesota.”

“Watching men who were sworn to protect and serve do the opposite by victimizing and murdering has given me doubt,” Porter wrote in his statement. “The threat by leaders to march our military into cities and shooting those who are impacted by police brutality is cowardly and irresponsible and does nothing to resolve this challenge.”

Reporter: 541-383-0325,

gandrews@bendbulletin.com

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CardiacSpike

"Pandering is the act of expressing one's views in accordance with the likes of a group to which one is attempting to appeal. The term is most notably associated with politics."

Candidate Scott Schaier, running for the Office of Sheriff, released a homemade video yesterday on his campaign webpage.

https://www.facebook.com/schaierforsheriff/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

Sitting on his front doorstep Schaier waxes eloquent about the truly tragic and now violent aftermath of the murder of George Floyd by a rogue police officer. He "demands" his local law enforcement leaders "do better" regarding police relations in Bend, Oregon, apparently unaware those same law enforcement professionals/leaders had already issued heartfelt and meaningful statements.

This to include Bend Police chief Jim Porter.

https://www.salemreporter.com/…/police-leaders-in-oregon-co…

What Candidate Schaier leaves out of his pandering for votes is this. Schaier was successfully sued in federal court for violating the civil rights of two people of color while with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. Payout? $105,000.

https://www.reviewjournal.com/…/las-vegas-police-settle-la…/

In , he was again successfully sued in civil court for his fatally shooting Michael Jacques during a winter traffic incident. Payout? $800,000 by the City of Bend.

Schaier, a high school graduate who has yet to be promoted in his career field is throwing rocks when he, himself, is living in a glass house. His two employers, Las Vegas and Bend, have had to settle civil rights complaints made against this officer. Candidate Schaier is wholly unqualified for the position he seeks. And his lecturing Chief Porter, Sheriff Nelson, and those other senior, educated, and experienced agency commanders in Central Oregon is disgusting.

jlsrunner1

Sadly none of these protesters remember MLK and his words. First he was a Christian, second he was against violent protests. So, while I can understand the protests, the violence is not acceptable. Destroying private/public property is not acceptable. Challenging to understand destroying the very city you live in.

Funding Secured

Challenging with the mind, easy with the heart.

"...many in moments of anger, many in moments of deep bitterness engage in riots." 

"....Let me say as I've always said, and I will always continue to say, that riots are socially destructive and self-defeating. ... But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity. And so in a real sense our nation's summers of riots are caused by our nation's winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again."

CardiacSpike

"Also issuing statements yesterday were the combined law enforcement associations of the following - a community fact apparently missed by Reporter Andrews.

The joint police statement was issued Thursday by the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, and the Oregon State Police. It was signed by Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris, president of the chiefs association; Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan, president of the sheriffs’ group, and Travis Hampton, state police superintendent."

https://www.salemreporter.com/posts/2482/police-leaders-in-oregon-condemn-circumstances-of-minneapolis-mans-death

cocoababy2000

Bend Police Chief claims that after 42 years, the murder of George Floyd is what made him question his faith in the US Justice Dept. Not the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, not Eric Garner, not Breonna Taylor, not Tamir Rice, not Trayvon Martin... this singular murder. George Floyd mattered, however, his case and the violence he experienced is not new. Police murdering unarmed black brothers and sisters is not new. Bend Police need to reconsider this statement, it’s truly tone deaf.

Skittish

Just trying to get a better fix on your perspective - police are involved in shootings resulting in deaths across the nation, and involving various combinations of races of officers and the deceased. They are investigated and the vast majority of the time do not result in a murder conviction. In your statement, the list is only of black people killed, and Ahmoud's case is still being investigated and thus has not been tried in court at this point. Do you believe all cases, no matter the race of the officer and deceased should be treated the same? Do you believe cases involving black victims are treated systematically differently and if so what data supports that conclusion? For your context, I am personally very well aware that not all police officers uphold the law equally well. With that said, the way your statements comes across is that any time a white officer shoots and kills a person who is black, it is automatically murder and those who are white should never under any circumstance shoot a black civilian. Is my perspective incorrect and if so how?

jlsrunner1

Yes it isn't new. But, it isn't a pandemic. The Bend police department is great. As are most police departments. Unfortunately, there are bad police, like there are bad plumbers, bad in every walk of society. But, that is the exception to the larger group.

Funding Secured

I am not trying to be critical or argue with you. I just want to point out that Chief Potter did not question or affirm faith in the US Justice Department, a division of the Executive Branch. He said his faith was shaken in American justice, a far bigger idea. I think the distinction is important and by recognizing it we can appreciate how big a statement Chief Porter was trying to make. He doesn't have to speak for every injustice to be credible. That he said something now is what matters going forward imo. Chief Porter is our brother too.

Thom

The incident was bad but so are the rioters and liberals defending them.

Thomas Who

That's true. The cop has already been arrested and charged with murder. The riots and protests are now professionally staged political events.

cocoababy2000

If you think the riots are about the murder of one man, you’re woefully ignorant. George Floyd’s murder is the straw that broke the camels back here. Where is justice for Ahmaud Arbery? Breonna Taylor? Michael Brown Jr? Philando Castile? Sandra Bland? Tamir Rice? The list goes on. We will no longer tolerate police violence against our black brothers and sisters. You’re completely delusional if you think the tens of thousands of people in multiple cities across the US are professionally staged political events. Read the room.

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