How police keep the peace during intense rallies

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – Law enforcement agencies are partnering together to keep communities safe during intense political protests.

This year many protests and rallies have turned violent in Portland and Eugene. But so far there’s been no violence in Southern Oregon.

Rogue River Police Chief Curtis Whipple says officers roles are clear cut at protests keep everyone safe.

“We also give a briefing just basically to make sure that all the officers know that anybody out there has a legal right to protest, they have a legal right to have their voices heard. And what we’re gonna do is insure the safety of everybody present,” said Chief Whipple.

Rogue River police teamed up with Grants Pass Police, as well as Jackson and Josephine County Sheriff’s Office to keep Saturday’s rally peaceful.

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NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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