PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Dozens of religious leaders in Portland voiced concerns over the violent demonstrations in Portland over the weekend.
During a Zoom press conference with about 50 different religious leaders Monday, the Reverend Dr. Leroy Haynes Jr. of the Albina Ministerial Alliance said he does not condone the violence and destruction of Portland and said it detracts from the overall message.
“I would say to them (the protesters) that we lose the message when violence and looting and other things take place that are focusing on the caves of injustices,” Rev. Haynes said.
Rev. Haynes and others expressed they stand in solidarity with Floyd’s family and the grieving city of Minneapolis. Furthermore, they called for all subsequent protests to be peaceful.
“We want our voices to be heard, we want everybody to understand how we feel,” said AMA’s Pastor Roy Tate. “Yes, we’re angry, we’re upset, we’re not happy, but at the same time we do not want to destroy our city.”
The religious leaders also called for police oversight and accountability, advocating for this to be a priority in the next Portland police contract.
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