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    Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck speaks to the crowd of over 200 hundred people inside and outside Green Memorial AME Zion Church on Tuesday evening. He said he has many questions and few answers in the wake of last week’s violence but he and his department remain committed “to justice for all.”

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    The Rev. Kenneth Lewis, pastor at Green Memorial AME Zion Church, speaks with Halima Noor before the start of Tuesday's community gathering.

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    The Rev. Kenneth Lewis, pastor of the Green Memorial AME Zion Church, speaks to the crowd Tuesday evening. Lewis was the host for the hour-long event, which drew a crowd that filled the church and spilled over into the streets outside.

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    The Rev. Jeffrey McIlwain, right, chaplain for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, sits next to Sheriff Kevin Joyce inside Green Memorial AME Zion Church at Tuesday's community gathering in response to the police shootings last week in Louisiana and Minnesota and the shooting of 12 police and transit officers in Dallas.

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    Deqa Dhalac gets emotional as she listens to one of the speakers at the gathering Tuesday evening at Green Memorial AME Zion Church in Portland.

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    Heidi Allen and her son Khaelon, 5, watch and listen to the speakers on monitors outside Green Memorial AME Zion Church during Tuesday evening's community gathering in response to the police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling and the shooting of 12 police and transit officers in Dallas.

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    With the church filled, about 150 people watch and listen to the speakers on monitors outside.

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    Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck chats with people outside Green Memorial AME Zion Church. Sauschuck said in his remarks to the audience that he believes hope will carry the day over hate and fear.

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