During a press conference on Friday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown defended her refusal to send the National Guard to Portland despite Mayor Ted Wheeler’s demand that she do so by expressing that the city needs and she is depending on “our trained law enforcement” and that the Guard isn’t appropriately prepared.
Brown stated that the Superintendent of the Oregon State Police, Travis Hampton, would concur with her on this point and would state that the Guard isn’t required right now.
Brown explained how “other states used the National Guard for a very limited period of time.” And stated that she talked with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz.
“In terms of Oregon, I’m relying on our trained law enforcement. The Superintendent of the State Police, Travis Hampton, the Portland Police Chief, Chuck Lovell, Travis — Superintendent Hampton would say that A. We don’t need the National Guard at this time, and B. That they are not trained for this work,” she claims.
“What we need on the ground is trained law enforcement. And that’s why I created the uniform law enforcement plan, to bring both local and state officials together behind a plan to keep people safe and to protect free speech rights,” Brown added.