PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a state of emergency in Portland Tuesday before the verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial was read.
The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
During a press conference, which was held before the verdict was read, Wheeler said a state of emergency will be in place for the next 24 hours. The order could be extended.
Wheeler says the National Guard and Oregon State Police are on standby.
PPB said the group causing destruction and property damage have changed their tactics, so the bureau has as well and is making more targeted arrests.
Wheeler says that police are working closely with local, state and federal partners and are looking at legal strategies to alleviate destructive behavior done by those in the group destroying property.