PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Following the arrests of 13 people during “Not My President’s Day” protests in Portland, another group of protesters gathered outside Mayor Ted Wheeler’s home Monday night to voice their displeasure.
The ACLU called the actions of the Portland police “indiscriminate violence” which was “shameful.” They called on Wheeler to revise crowd-control strategies.
There were 2 protests on Monday. The first, where people blocked traffic at SW 3rd and Madison, did not have a permit. Officers on bicycles rode into the area and asked protesters to clear the street. When that didn’t work, police said officers in riot gear moved in to break things up.
Protesters were given verbal warnings for about 20 minutes. Some people complied with orders to move onto the sidewalk, but others continued to block traffic. Police then quickly arrested protesters who continued to block traffic.
The second protest, organized by the AFL-CIO and held at Director Park, had a permit. They also marched through the streets but had a police escort and stayed to the permitted route.Late night protest at the mayor’s house
Dozens of masked protesters yelling “We want Ted!” showed up as the Wheeler family was ready to go to sleep. They then pounded on his door until Wheeler opened it.
A video taken by West Linn resident Heather Clark and posted on her Facebook page clearly reveals the fear and concern from the mayor’s wife for their family’s safety.
Wheeler re-assured her and then agreed to listen to the demonstrators read a statement demanding the City of Portland divest from companies that support the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Eventually, the protesters left.
Wheeler has consistently met face-to-face with protesters to hear their concerns. He was on jury duty Tuesday and unable to speak with KOIN 6 News about the incident.Late night letter to city about protests
Late Monday night, Portland’s Resistance leader Gregory McKelvey sent a letter to the City of Portland requesting a permit to protest at the mayor’s house.
The letter read, in part:
“We are repeatedly told that the reason we are subjected to violence at peaceful protests is because we did not ask those who we are protesting for permission. So here it is: we are asking.“We have no money for this so we ask that the extortion fee for our First Amendment rights be waived. We also ask that because this protest is in response to actions that occurred today that this be handled in a timely manner as The First Amendment requires. …”
In response, PBOT Communications Director John Brady — the organization that issues permits for marches and protests — said the document submitted by McKelvey for Portland’s Resistance “is blank, save for 3 signatures.”
Brady asked for the application to be completed and returned to him. He also said a “nominal application fee of $25 is required of all events.”
“If your group does not have sufficient resources to pay that fee, I can request a waiver on your behalf. The City does not charge permit fees for those demonstration events considered as protected under the First Amendment. Although, use of private locations or Parks properties are not included in the moving event permit and may be subject to additional permit and/or fee requirements.”
Brady also included an ACLU flyer titled, “Know Your Rights” and said the group “may find it helpful in your planning efforts.”