Oregon Police Chief Orders Review Of Use Of Force At Saturday Protest

PORTLAND, OREGON, UNITED STATES - 2018/08/04: Police seen in downtown Portland during the Patriot Prayer Rally.The Proud Boys organized the Patriot Prayer Rally in Portland. The Proud Boys, a far right group supportive of President Donald Trump, used inflammatory language ahead of their rally, with some members promising violence. Counter-protesters led by Antifa confronted the participants of the Patriot Prayer Rally and clashed with police, leading to arrests and injuries. (Photo by Kainoa Little/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Portland police are accused of being heavy-handed and reportedly causing some injuries against people protesting a rally by extreme-right demonstrators.

The city’s new police chief on Sunday called for a review of officers’ use of force, which included stun grenades.

The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Portland chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America said police on Saturday primarily focused on protecting the extreme-right demonstrators, who included members of organizations described as hate groups.

Police Chief Danielle Outlaw, who took the job less than a year ago and is Portland’s first African-American female police chief, said she takes all use-of-force cases seriously.

She directed the professional standards division to begin determining if force was used and if it was within policy and training guidelines.

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