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2021
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Portland protesters smash windows of police car, flatten tires after officer-involved shooting: officials

Portland police have released more information about Thursday night’s fatal officer-involved shooting and the events that followed when a mob of protesters took to the city’s streets, where some flattened tires and broke windows on at least one police car in the area, authorities said.

Details of any protest-related arrests were not available as of early Friday morning, but authorities overnight shared images of a police car that had its tires flattened and windows shattered by what they described as a “hostile crowd.” 

In an updated summary of events, the Portland Police Bureau said early Friday its officers were dispatched just after 7 p.m. Thursday to conduct a welfare check on “a white adult male dressed in all black at a motel.” Police did not provide any other information about what led to the shooting other than to say: “After officers arrived with paramedics, they encountered a man matching that description and an officer involved shooting took place.”

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Chief Chuck Lovell said preliminary information suggested the officer “encountered a very difficult and dynamic situation that no officer wants to face.”

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Police will announce the name of the officer involved in the shooting, who has been placed on paid leave pending an investigation, at some time on Friday, they said. 

The demonstrators gathered as police were investigating the shooting. Police said some protesters threw objects and one person grabbed an officer’s baton. An officer was sprayed with an unspecified chemical substance. 

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The police bureau said in a tweet that there was “erroneous information being circulated on social media” regarding the shooting, and said the suspect involved in the shooting was a White adult man. Police said no one else was hurt. 

Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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2020
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Portland Oregon bicycle news, events, culture, and opinion.

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By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 1st, 2020 at 4:52 pm

A machine operator at Chris King Precision Components, one of Portland’s many small bike businesses.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

A three-part series written by Rebecca Small and Shawn Small

Uncertainty is hardly a new sensation for small business owners. Throw in a pandemic, a statewide lockdown, and implosion of the national economy and our local entrepreneurs find themselves facing previously unknown levels of apprehension and sleepless nights. Lately it may seem like there are a million possible wrong choices.

Every one of the nearly 100 different bike-related business in Portland, from the biggest bike shop in town to a self-employed bike fitter, falls into the category of a “small business” – by definition, a company with fewer than 500 people. Most are much smaller: 9 out of 10 businesses in Oregon have fewer than 20 employees. Despite their size, they employ 55% of the state’s workers. They are critical economic engines of our community.[Read more…]

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By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 1st, 2020 at 2:46 pm

Biketown station on North Williams Ave.
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By Sam Balto (Contributor) on March 31st, 2020 at 2:30 pm

A family leaves for a ride in Sellwood.
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The coronavirus has changed our lives forever. From here on out, we will think of life before coronavirus, and after. While these are very scary times, we are seeing some positive things appear. With calmer streets and less people driving, there’s been a surge of children and families riding bikes together.

If you’re one of them, it might be a good time to do a practice run to school (if you don’t bike there already).

As a Physical Education teacher at a K-8 school in north Portland I see daily the impacts physical activity — or lack thereof — has on my students’ well-being. In PE class we work to give children the skills they need to be a physically literate person. We are building students’ competence and confidence so they can live a healthy life.

I tell my students that doctors have studied why being physically active is important for children. The closer children are to the 60 minutes of physical activity recommended by the Center for Disease Control, I tell them, the better health outcomes they’ll see. Children who are more active do better in school, get in less trouble, have better relationships with friends, get sick less and live longer lives.
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By Becky Jo (Columnist) on March 31st, 2020 at 12:08 pm

Adult and child’s bike on grass

Spring bike rides with Miata and the mini-me’s bike yet to be named (photos by Becky Jo)

When I started this car-free adventure at the beginning of winter, I thought for sure my bike was