Oregon governor Kate Brown is going out of her way to voice her support for the Black Lives Matter protests, which seem to violate her own Covid 19 orders. At the same time, she’s continuing to challenge a rural county court order in which a judge ruled that churches can reopen.
That’s right, she’s dragging churches to court but giving a pass to the protesting mobs.
To the protests, The Oregonian reports:
Gov. Kate Brown called for sweeping police and criminal justice reforms Monday in her first in-person statement on the massive protests, riots and looting that took place through the weekend in Portland, Eugene and other parts of the state.
She said that even a recent Oregon law that reformed juvenile justice and efforts to reduce harsh penalties that disproportionately impact black people have taken too long and not gone far enough. During the hour-long press conference, Brown said she wants to make the state’s administrators look like the communities they serve, change rules and cultures within agencies and adjust funding streams to make Oregon more reflective and fair to people of color in the state.
“I count myself as one of the many white politician whose good intentions haven’t done enough to tackle the scourge of systematic racism,” Brown said.
Brown said she has decided to push for more work at the state level focused on racial equity and equality, including in response to the pandemic.
Brown spoke for several minutes about how the lack of police accountability and reforms have led to the unjust killings of George Floyd and black people across the country. Only at the end did she call for peaceful protests, saying that the rioting and looting is the product a small group of instigators rather than indicative of broader sentiment.
She made this facebook post in response to the protests-turned-riots: