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By Nick Budnick May 25: Laid-off security guard George Floyd, a Black man, is killed when a Minneapolis police officer kneels on his neck for nearly eight minutes, triggering protests around the country. May 28: Portland’s then-Police Chief Jami Resch issues a statement regarding Floyd’s death: “The actions and tactics displayed on the video do not represent our profession’s values and are contrary to our fundamental duty to protect and serve.” That night, Portlanders protest...

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By Nick Budnick with video by Sergio Olmos For nearly two months, a small portion of downtown Portland has smelled like tear gas. Nights are filled with the sounds of explosions and drums, police warnings to clear the area, and the shouts of protesters. Outside the Multnomah County Justice Center — now blanketed with graffiti calling for the abolition of the police or death to cops — riot-control police square off against citizens wearing gas...