Schoening, Franz
Incident Debrief: Challenges Encountered During the 2020 Civil Unrest in Portland, OR

The presentation will debrief the civil unrest that occurred in the City of Portland in 2020, including the challenges encountered and lessons learned. Topics will include summaries of significant events, protester tactics, development of police tactics, resource constraints, and legal or legislative impediments that arose.

Franz Schoening - Bio
Franz Schoening began his career in 1997 with the Valdez (AK) Police Department and moved to the Portland (OR) Police Bureau in 2002. He is currently a lieutenant in the Portland Police Bureau's Detective Division and oversees the robbery, sex crimes, and human trafficking units. He is also a member of the Rapid Response Team, which responds to large crowd management and crowd control events in the City of Portland. Franz served as the Team Commander of the Rapid Response Team during the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd in 2020. He is an instructor for a number of courses including Mobile Field Force training, the Rapid Response Team's less lethal and chemical agent grenadier program, and the State of Oregon Basic RRT/MRT course. Franz currently sits on the NIJ Special Technical Committee that is attempting to develop minimum standards for protective equipment for public order teams. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Alaska.