American News Jan 13, 2021 8:51 PM EST

Oregon State Police to utilize National Guard at state Capitol

Gov. Kate Brown has activated the Oregon National Guard "to assist with potential upcoming civil unrest" following the storming of the Capitol building last week by Trump supporters.

Oregon State Police to utilize National Guard at state Capitol
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Gov. Kate Brown has activated the Oregon National Guard "to assist with potential upcoming civil unrest" following the storming of the Capitol building last week by Trump supporters.

The Oregon State Police announced Wednesday that forces would be deployed as necessary and their deployment locations would not be made public.

"The Oregon State Police will continue to take a neutral role in ensuring Oregonians exercise their First Amendment rights," said Oregon State Police Superintendent Terri Davie who requested and was granted the activation.

"For the past seven months, your Troopers have responded throughout Oregon to various protests, unlawful assemblies and riots. Our goals have always been to protect people, protect people’s rights and to protect property."

Davie cited the recent events on Capitol Hill and at the statehouse, which "illustrate the need for law enforcement to be prepared and appropriately staffed for any large gatherings."

The OSP and the ONG routinely work and train together in response to statewide civil unrest, human remain recovery related to the West Coast wildfires, safeguarding local communities in times of crisis, the memo continued.

"With the Oregon National Guard supplementing OSP ranks, we will be ready to ensure peaceful events and handle emergency situations," stated Oregon State Police Captain Timothy Fox.

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