PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 10th consecutive night of protests is expected in Portland, part of the nationwide movement spurred by the death of George Floyd underneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.
People began to gather for a “Peaceful BLM Protest” in St. Johns around 5:30 p.m. The protest was organized as a way to demonstrate for people who didn’t want to protest downtown. Over a hundred people stood in what locals refer to as St. Johns Plaza and chanted for justice. Cars honked in support as they drove through the intersection.
Organizers said there were about 200 people there Saturday. “Families encouraged. Snacks and water provided,” a post said.
On Saturday night, 2 separate groups held protests: The larger one at Irving Park was peaceful and wrapped up around 10:30 p.m., and a smaller, more violent one that ended around 2 a.m. with 50 people arrested and 2 deputies hurt.
KOIN 6 News will continue to cover the protests throughout the Portland metro area.