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<p>Mayor Charlie Hales visits with local youth Friday during a ‘Stop the Violence’ demonstration in north Portland’s McCoy Park. Days earlier, after a 5-year-old boy was shot in the leg in a suspected gang-related shooting, Hales called gun violence in Portland a ‘public safety and a public health crisis’.</p>

Mayor Charlie Hales visits with local youth Friday during a ‘Stop the Violence’ demonstration in north Portland’s McCoy Park. Days earlier, after a 5-year-old boy was shot in the leg in a suspected gang-related shooting, Hales called gun violence in Portland a ‘public safety and a public health crisis’.

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Silence the Violence!

Youth take a stand to stop the community bloodshed

Youth lead a demonstration in McCoy Park in response to a recent rash of shootings, some fatal this summer to tell the community "Silence the Violence!"