PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Governor Jay Inslee outlined three values for Washingtonians to consider in the days ahead, as the nation processes the many violent demonstrations that have consumed the country over the past three days.
“The first concept is that people are reasonably and justifiably outraged at seeing the tragedy that unfolded in Minnesota,” Gov. Inslee said. “The ability for Washingtonians to speak out against that, to demonstrate with their feet, and with their voices, is not just enshrined in our Constitution, [but] to some degree, in a sense, is a responsibility.”
Inslee followed by stating the second concept was that “violence has no place” in the process of protesting.
“The fact that people started fires that endangered human life in Seattle a couple of nights ago [is] totally unacceptable.” He also stressed a need for citizens to prevent peaceful protesters’ efforts from being diminished or obscured by the violence.
“The third concept is that we have so many voices who are there to inspire us, to prop us up, to give us hope that in fact we can continue this march down the road to compassion and justice,” Gov. Inslee said.
The plea for order comes less than 24 hours after Inslee ordered a statewide activation of the National Guard. Washington state witnessed widespread vandalism and thefts in stores and shopping malls in multiple cities over the weekend. The destruction and looting occurred as George Floyd protests took place across the globe.
Inslee previously authorized 400 troops for Seattle and 200 troops for Bellevue. On Saturday night, people smashed downtown Seattle storefronts and stole items from many businesses, tossing mannequins into the street. On Sunday, there were thefts in stores and shopping malls in Bellevue, Spokane, Tukwila and Renton.
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