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  • Potential protest activity expected at the state capitol in the coming days
    on January 14, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 Salem, Ore. — The Salem Police Department and Oregon State Police are aware of potential demonstrations and civil unrest at the Oregon State Capitol this weekend, January 16-17, 2021, and the following week on January 19-20. Information on these events is limited and rapidly evolving. Based on current information, the protest start times vary between 9 a.m. and noon. “We are well aware of the potential protests being discussed between now and Inauguration Day,” remarked Police Chief Trevor Womack during a presentation at the January 11 meeting of the Salem City Council about the department’s strategic approach to protests and marches in Salem. “We are closely communicating and coordinating with our partners to make sure we are prepared.” As a reminder, for events that occur at the state capitol, the Oregon State Police (OSP) has jurisdiction and enforcement responsibility. Additionally, OSP issued a statement on Wednesday, January 13 which announced the utilization of the Oregon National Guard to assist with the expected events at the state capitol. The Salem Police Department will work in a support role to OSP and assist as requested and needed. About the possibility of additional protest-related impacts to the community, Chief Womack added, “We stand ready and equipped to guard our community and will work to minimize any adverse impacts to our neighborhoods and streets.” To the extent possible, residents are encouraged to avoid the vicinity of the state capitol on the dates mentioned given enforcement activities and disruptions to traffic flow may occur. Please monitor the Salem Police Department or OSP’s media platforms for any traffic or police advisories. # # # Facebook | Twitter | Nextdoor | FlashAlert Newswire | Subscribe to the Salem Community Alert System Commonly Asked Questions About Protests in Salem

  • Man charged for fatal summer crash
    on January 8, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Salem, Ore - In following up to a fatal crash that occurred on August 7, 2020, Tristan Isaac Goodwin, age 19 of Newberg, has been arraigned at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex for manslaughter in the second degree, assault in the third degree and reckless driving. Goodwin turned himself in to Salem Police Traffic Team officers on Thursday. On August 7 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Goodwin was driving his Subaru Impreza westbound on Mildred LN SE at a high rate of speed and failed to stop for the stop sign at Liberty RD S. His vehicle struck a southbound Saturn Ion being driven by Justin Swinkels, age 41 of Salem. The crash killed Goodwin’s passenger, Sara Elizabeth Schumann, age 17 of Salem. Swinkels and his passenger Christopher Denny, age 28 of Salem, were both critically injured but survived after treatment at local hospitals.   Since Goodwin has been arraigned all information requests should be sent to the Marion County District Attorney’s office.   ###

  • Update - suspect arrested - Salem Police investigate homicide in northeast Salem
    on January 8, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Salem, OR – UPDATE - Matthew Brian Hansen, age 29 of Salem, has been arrested and charged with the murder of Amanda Mankins. Hansen and Mankins were in a domestic relationship and residing at the incident location. He is being charged with murder in the second degree and unlawful use of a weapon. Hansen’s quick arrest was the result of good teamwork between patrol officers and detectives. Hansen will be arraigned today at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex. After his arraignment all information requests should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. ### At approximately 1:20 a.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Salem Police officers responded to the 1100 block of Norway AV NE to assist the Salem Fire Department on a check welfare call. When officers arrived, they discovered a woman with a gunshot wound. The woman, identified as Amanda Marie Mankins, age 32, was transported to Salem Health. She later died as a result of her injuries. This is an ongoing investigation, but the initial investigation does not indicate there is a danger to the public. No further information will be released today. Updates will be provided as they become available. ###

  • Salem Police Overview of January 1 Protests
    on January 2, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Salem, Ore. – On Friday, January 1, 2021, two groups with opposing ideologies scheduled protests in Salem in separate locations. The event at the Oregon State Capitol was organized by Oregon Women for Trump and was heavily attended by affiliates of the Proud Boys. Many of the attendees at the state capitol were armed with various weapons, knives, chemical sprays, batons and firearms. The event at Bush’s Pasture Park was organized by self-identifed anti-fascists who were also armed with a variety of weapons including firearms. The Salem Police Department, along with the Oregon State Police and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, worked cooperatively to provide an enhanced presence in and around where the protests were to be held with the goal of ensuring those who gathered were there to do so peacefully. With the potential for these events to be disruptive to nearby neighborhoods and interfere with vehicular traffic, an educational campaign to alert neighborhoods and motorists to the event was proactively released. In addition, officers contacted or attempted to contact the organizers of both events to educate them on our objectives for a safe and successful event, as well as provide information on what actions could result in law enforcement action. At approximately 2:00 p.m. the protestors at the state capitol began an un-permitted march to Mahonia Hall on Lincoln ST SE. As the march proceeded, many people walked in the street and blocked intersections at which point they were advised their actions could have enforcement consequences. Protestors arrived at Mahonia Hall where a contingency of Oregon State Police troopers and Salem Police officers remained present. At the conclusion of their protest, the group began marching back to the state capitol. A small group of Proud Boys broke off from the main march toward Bush’s Pasture Park where a small group of anti-fascist protesters were still gathered. Salem Police quickly moved officers and equipment into the park to keep the two rival groups from converging and prevented a potentially violent encounter. At approximately 4:00 p.m., Proud Boys and associates returning to the state capitol approached a group of individuals who were armed with bats, paintball guns and firearms standing in front of a building near High and State STS. A heated verbal exchange ensued between the two groups. With the goal of keeping opposing groups apart, crowd management officers quickly responded to quell the dispute and keep the groups separated. Neither group complied with initial dispersal orders and Proud Boys affiliates had to be forcibly moved back from the business by officers. Officers also had to move the business group back toward the business to keep them from repeatedly interfering with enforcement actions on State ST. Once enough law enforcement resources were in position to safely deal with the groups, the growing crowd was informed via loudspeaker the gathering was an unlawful assembly. The declaration was given because the crowd no longer appeared to be protesting but was instead attempted to instigate fighting and tumultuous behavior. When officers attempted to push the crowd back, they were met with physical resistance and smoke grenades. It took approximately one hour, most of the officers assigned to the event, and the utilization of physical force and less-than-lethal munitions to move the crowd out of the streets and back to the state capitol. Three people were taken into custody for their actions during the declared unlawful assembly. The objectives set for the day were the protection of life, protection of property, keeping opposition groups apart to prevent conflict, enforcement of crimes including minor infractions when appropriate and reasonable, and conducting follow up investigation of crimes which could not be dealt with immediately. There were no reported injuries, loss of life, or damage to property during this event, and the following arrests were made: Robert Davis, age 31 of Springfield Disorderly conduct in the second degree Joshua D. Lindquist, age 33 of Salem Interfering with a police officer Unlawful possession of fireworks Max Damaskin, age 33 of Salem Carrying a concealed firearm Disorderly conduct in the second degree Interfering with a police officer Additionally, officers issued one violation citation during the event for failure to display license plates and an equipment violation. The Salem Police Department will continue to investigate events which took place during the protests and additional violation and criminal citations may be issued as a result of those investigations. About the events Salem Police Chief Trevor Womack shared the following statement, “Yesterday our officers, and those from our partner agencies, were faced with extremely dangerous and challenging situations. I am proud of the discipline and professionalism exhibited by our teams. While most attendees seemed intent on peacefully demonstrating, a subset from each group were in fact seeking confrontations and conflict with opposing groups and the police. This is where the challenge ultimately lies – we must protect the rights of those peacefully assembling while simultaneously working to stop the few individuals intent on jeopardizing community safety up to and including acts of violence. My staff performed exceptionally well, as evidenced by the fact no injuries nor property damage was reported. We will always welcome, encourage, and protect the rights of groups peacefully assembling, regardless of their views, but we cannot and will not allow individuals to commit serious crimes without consequence.” We recognize how disruptive these protests can be for the non-participating community and thank them for their understanding and patience in these matters. # # # Additional references: Questions About Recent Protests, Assemblies and Marches in Salem Police Chief Womack Issues Statement About Expected January 1 Protests

  • Update - Silverton Rd pedestrian crash investigation
    on December 31, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Salem, Ore. — On December 30, 2020, at approximately 5:00 p.m. Salem Police and Fire Department personnel responded to the intersection of Silverton RD NE and Lana AV NE regarding a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle. When personnel arrived, they located the pedestrian, Ajani Ray Evans, age 25 of Salem, in the roadway. Evans sustained life-threatening injuries and was initially transported to Salem Health. Eventually, he was transferred to OHSU in Portland for further treatment. The driver, Andrew De La Rosa, age 22 of Silverton, remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation. De La Rosa was cited for an unrelated warrant. Based on the initial investigation, De La Rosa was traveling eastbound on Silverton RD NE when he struck Evans. It is believed Evans was crossing Silverton RD NE from the southside to the northside when he was struck. No citations or arrests have been made at this time in direct relation to the crash. The investigation is ongoing and further updates will be released when they become available.   ###

  • Salem Police Community Message - January 1 Protests
    on December 31, 2020 at 2:00 am

    Salem, Ore. - The Salem Police Department is aware of several protests that are planned in our community on Friday, January 1, 2021. These protests may impact areas and city streets near the Oregon State Capitol, Bush’s Pasture Park and Mahonia Hall. The Salem Police Department, in partnership with the Oregon State Police and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, will have resources including patrol, crowd management teams and SWAT officers to monitor and manage the protests as they unfold. The Salem Police Department’s preparations have included reaching out to protest organizers. Conversations with organizers about safe and lawful protests and the actions which could result in police enforcement or intervention are an important component to maintaining order and safety for everyone. Although attempts to speak with all persons involved have not yet been successful, we remain open to the opportunity for communication. We recognize the concerns brought forward by residents. These events have affected our entire city in one way or another. When opposing groups come into contact, the risk of violence increases as evidenced in previous protests. The recent events at the Oregon State Capitol also resulted in violence and property damage. Due to these past unacceptable and unlawful actions, the Salem Police Department has set the following objectives and goals for its response to the upcoming protests. Our primary goal is to prevent or stop violence, prevent or stop property damage and deny the unlawful occupation of public or private buildings, while respecting individuals’ right to free speech and assembly. Keep opposing groups from converging in order to prevent violence and best ensure community safety. Take proper enforcement action to address minor offenses when reasonable and appropriate. Ensure follow-up investigation of criminal behavior that was not immediately addressed. These goals and objectives are based solely upon the neutral interests of overall public safety, regardless of the view held or expressed by any particular group of protestors. To the extent possible, residents are encouraged to avoid the above-mentioned areas as there may be disruptions to traffic flow. Please continue to monitor the Salem Police Department’s media platforms for any traffic or police advisories. Facebook | Twitter | Nextdoor | FlashAlert Newswire Subscribe to the Salem Community Alert System _____ General information about the Salem Police Department’s approach toward managing protests can be found on the City of Salem website.

  • Fatal hit and run in northeast
    on December 23, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Salem, Ore. — On December 22, 2020 at approximately 6:45 p.m. Salem Police officers responded to the 3700 block of Kingdom Way NE on the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Officers located the victim, Hermilo Mata Jr., age 63 of Salem, in the roadway. Mata was transported to Salem Health where he was later declared deceased. The vehicle that struck Mata fled the scene but was later located and seized by investigating officers. The driver of the vehicle has not been located. This is an ongoing investigation, and as such details will not be released until the case has been updated. Anyone with information please call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477.   ###

  • A statement from Chief Womack regarding protests
    on December 18, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    To the Salem Community, As I complete my second week as your Chief of Police, I want to assure you I have listened and heard the questions and concerns expressed related to the recent and continuing protests. I highly value transparency, so I believe it is critical to immediately begin openly sharing information and answering questions as fully as possible. To that end, we are providing online answers to the most common questions we have received. We will update this web page as necessary to ensure it remains current, accurate, and contains timely information. My staff and I are continually assessing available information about potential protests, planning appropriate responses, and communicating and coordinating with our partner law enforcement agencies and the community. Our priorities for any protest are to protect the rights of citizens to freely express themselves and peaceably assemble, while preventing violence and destruction of property. During recent protests, speech has occurred that is racist and offensive. We as police officers can do little to stop such offensive language. However, let me be very clear, I do not condone nor support racist speech, and condemn racism in all its ugly forms including white supremacy. There is no place for hatred in our community or within the Salem Police Department. I look forward to the coming new year with hope and anticipation. I know that together, as one community, we can improve safety, bring a sense of peace and mutual respect, and build bridges of trust across all cultural and socio-economic boundaries. Thank you and Happy Holidays. Trevor Womack Chief of Police Salem Police Department ###

  • Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested
    on December 18, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Salem, OR – On Thursday, December 17, 2020 Salem Police detectives and SWAT team members arrested Kevin Joel Garcia, age 18 of Salem. Detective Tom Johnson had identified Garcia as the person who shot Jose Luis Jeronimo-Mora on November 3, 2020 in the 2700 block of Florence AV NE. On the afternoon of November 3, 2020, Garcia was walking on Florence AV NE when he approached Jeronimo-Mora and another male on the street. Words were exchanged between them and Garcia opened fire on Jeronimo-Mora and his friend. Jeronimo-Mora was struck in the leg and arm by gunfire. He was taken to Salem Health for treatment and subsequently released. Garcia has been lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility on the following charges: Attempted murder in the second degree Assault in the first degree Unlawful use of a weapon Garcia will be arraigned later today at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex. Any further information will be released by the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. ###