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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My focus on the lives of young black men in Portland
Mayor Charlie Hales on police, "No law-abiding people should ever have reason to fear the police. Yet we must honestly admit that, too often, this is not true for a wide swath of our community: people of color."
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!"