Portland Comm. Jo Ann Hardesty
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News Release
Commissioner Hardesty Condemns Attack on KATU Crew Last Night - 11/20/21

Yesterday was a very difficult day and another example of the two justice systems we have in America based on the color of one's skin. I’m a child of the civil rights movement and dedicated to the practice of non-violence. People have a right to be upset, and the right to protest. Just as protestors have a right to film the police or anything occurring in public, the press has the right to film what’s occurring in public. I’m still learning the full details of what occurred last night but want to make it clear that attacking or intimidating the press is never acceptable, such as what happened to a KATU crew last night. I'm thankful to see reports the crew were uninjured and want to express my appreciation to those in the media doing their job under difficult and tense circumstances. 

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