Bike rides, marches mark Portland’s 13 day of protests

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Protests sparked by the death of George Floyd continue across the U.S.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Demonstrators once again took to the streets of Portland on Wednesday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Many events took place throughout the day, from a community bike ride to marches and rallies.

The night ended once again with an agitated crowd outside the Justice Center fence. Some people pulled down the fence around the federal courthouse building and dragged it over to the Justice Center. Police ordered people to leave after “criminal activity occurred in the crowd” and threatened to use crowd control munitions. A federal judge on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order limiting the PPB’s use of tear gas on demonstrators.

Portland’s 13th day of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, who died while a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck, follows a “day of rest” in which protesters listened to speeches in Southeast Portland in lieu of marching.

Here is a timeline of events from Wednesday, June 10, 2020:

2 a.m.

Portland police tweeted that the group around Southwest Main Street and Third Avenue dispersed on their own by 2 a.m.

11:15 p.m.

Officers are telling “nonviolent protesters” to leave the area because there is “criminal activity occurring in the crowd.” Police say they will use crowd control munitions on those who throw projectiles over the fence or tamper with/cut the fence.

Paper airplanes are littering the ground inside the fence. They are sample resignation letters for officers created by protesters.

By 11:30 p.m., protesters reportedly knocked down a portion of the fence at Southwest Main and Third Avenue. Police said they used crowd control munitions at that point in order to ensure no protesters entered the secured area.

10:45 p.m.

Some people in downtown Portland appear to be removing pieces of the fence erected around the federal courthouse building and taking the pieces to the Justice Center. Some are also vandalizing the federal courthouse with graffiti.

The PPB says there are people in the group near the Justice Center who are cutting the police barrier fence. Officers tweeted, “Please do not tamper with or cut the fence. We have no intent to engage this group.”

Meanwhile, the words “I Can’t Breathe” are being projected onto the federal courthouse building.

The words “I Can’t Breathe” projected on the Federal Courthouse building in downtown Portland, June 10, 2020. (KOIN)

7:30 p.m.

Demonstrators are marching from Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland to DeNorval Unthank City Park in North Portland.

7 p.m.

Thousands of people, many on skateboards and BMX bikes, are traveling the “waterfront loop” in support of the Black Lives Matter movement alongside the group Rose City Justice. They started at the Moda Center and plan to cross the Steel and Tilikum bridges.

6:15 p.m.

More than 100 people have arrived at Irving Park for a community bike ride hosted by Black Girls Do Bike Portland. The event is open to the people young and old.

“The village showed up,” said Nichole Watson, the organizer of the bike ride. “This is exactly what we needed for the time that we are in.”

Some of the bikes were provided for free so people can participate in the ride even if they don’t have a bike.

Earlier in the day

The groups Care Not Cops and Don’t Shoot PDX hosted a “Disband PPB” rally at Terry Schrunk Plaza. Organizers held a press conference at noon and planned to live stream a city budget hearing. Demonstrators were encouraged to share testimony in support of disbanding the Portland Police Bureau.

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