A shot rang out in downtown Portland, Or., last night soon after Mayor Tom Potter and police Chief Derrick Foxworth pledged to blanket the city’s entertainment core with police officers for the next two weekends to ease fear after five downtown shootings, The Oregonian reports. Under Operation Safe Streets, at least two dozen officers will patrol the entertainment district on foot, bike, and horseback Friday and Saturday nights, through the early morning. Traffic safety officers will crack down on drunken drivers. Gang enforcement, parole officers, and liquor control investigators will be out to spot trouble.
Besides pledging a visible police presence, the mayor and chief asked owners of downtown nightclubs to close early on weekend nights. Club owners must work with police to single out problem customers, Foxworth said. They must have adequate security, cut off alcohol to intoxicated customers, and crack down on problems quickly or notify police, he said. The strategies planned over the next two weekends, he said, are similar to those used to quell gang flare-ups in other neighborhoods.