’We recognize change starts with us’: Portland area police chiefs address recent protests

Police chiefs from the Portland area held a news conference Wednesday to talk about the recent protests in the city.Members of law enforcement discussed their commitment to conversations with protest organizers.”We recognize change starts with us,” Yarmouth Police Chief Dan Gallant said.Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce condemned the actions of the Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd.Joyce said the officers’ actions have had a ripple effect on officers across the country.Joyce said the recent protests in Portland have been a tale of two demonstrations; the peaceful protests held by organizers followed by a separate group agitating the situation.”We can’t yell at each other,” Joyce said. “We are willing to listen.Westbrook Police Chief Janine Roberts said continued conversation is needed to build the trust of people in the community. She said it will take time. “We want to work with you, we want to make sure your voices are heard. We are hear you serve you,” Roberts said.Roberts said the violent minority are taking cover the peaceful majority.Portland Police Chief Frank Clark echoed Roberts’ comments.”As much as I get the anger, we can’t let the anger turn to violence or destruction. That’s when the message gets lost,” Clark said.

Police chiefs from the Portland area held a news conference Wednesday to talk about the recent protests in the city.

Members of law enforcement discussed their commitment to conversations with protest organizers.

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“We recognize change starts with us,” Yarmouth Police Chief Dan Gallant said.

Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce condemned the actions of the Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd.

Joyce said the officers’ actions have had a ripple effect on officers across the country.

Joyce said the recent protests in Portland have been a tale of two demonstrations; the peaceful protests held by organizers followed by a separate group agitating the situation.

“We can’t yell at each other,” Joyce said. “We are willing to listen.

Westbrook Police Chief Janine Roberts said continued conversation is needed to build the trust of people in the community. She said it will take time.

“We want to work with you, we want to make sure your voices are heard. We are hear you serve you,” Roberts said.

Roberts said the violent minority are taking cover the peaceful majority.

Portland Police Chief Frank Clark echoed Roberts’ comments.

“As much as I get the anger, we can’t let the anger turn to violence or destruction. That’s when the message gets lost,” Clark said.