Two county sheriffs said they will not be sending their police officers to Portland after Oregon Governor Kate Brown requested support from the two counties and a city police department to help quell riots in the troubled city.
Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett and Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said in separate statements on Monday that they would not send police officers to Portland because the liability for their officers would be too great.
A spokesperson for the Gresham Police Department told The Epoch Times via email: “Governor Brown released her plan without consultation with the listed agencies. At this time, Gresham Police Department will not be assisting our colleagues at Portland Police Bureau.”
In response, Garrett called the bureau a partner and said he sympathizes with what officers are enduring.
“That will require the DA to charge offenders appropriately and a decision by the Multnomah County Presiding Judge not to allow offenders released on their own recognizance, and instead require bail with conditions,” he added.
Charles Boyle, the governor’s chief-of-staff, told the Associated Press, “It is up to each county to determine the personnel and resources they have available to volunteer for this effort.”
Boyle said that the governor appreciated Clackamas County’s willingness to backfill calls normally taken by state police while troopers are in Portland.
Brown has repeatedly rejected offers from President Donald Trump for federal help in quelling the riots.