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Portland mayor calls for peace as protests near 100 days and state officials move to prosecute demonstrators

September 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Portland officials are calling for an end to protests that have led to violence, arson, arrests, allegations of police brutality and at least one fatal shooting in the city as demonstrations have stretched on for nearly 100 nights.

(CNN)Portland officials are calling for an end to protests that have led to violence, arson, arrests, allegations of police brutality and at least one fatal shooting in the city as demonstrations have stretched on for nearly 100 nights.

Mayor Ted Wheeler in a Facebook post called on Portlanders to join him in "denouncing violence" days after a man was shot and killed Saturday as supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with protesters against police violence and racism in downtown Portland.

Gov. Kate Brown has called on outside agencies to assist in cracking down on the unrest, while Oregon State Police will allow troopers responding to protests to be deputized by the US Marshals Service to make it easier for suspects to be federally prosecuted if necessary.

The head of the Portland Police Bureau also condemned the fire and said local leaders need to do more to stop the violence.

The Oregon State Police, however, plan to make it easier for suspects to be federally prosecuted by allowing troopers dealing with protest violence to be deputized by the US Marshals Service, State Police Capt.

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