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PPB investigating use of force complaints during protest

Hundreds of protesters faced off on Saturday in downtown Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The Portland Police Bureau said they were looking into reports that people were injured during Saturday's protest as a result of law enforcement actions.

Chief Danielle Outlaw said Sunday, "This morning I learned of allegations of injury as a result of law enforcement action. I take all force applications by members seriously and I have directed the Professional Standards Division to begin the intake process regarding these allegations to determine if force was used and if so, was within our policy and training guidelines."

On Saturday, hundreds of protesters faced off in downtown Portland -- leading to four arrests.

Right-wing Patriot Prayer and Antifa came face-to-face on both sides of Southwest Naito Parkway where hundreds of police officers from Portland and Oregon State Police tried to keep them separated.

When protesters refused police orders to get out of the street, officers used less-lethal crowd control devices including rubber bullets, pepper spray and flash bangs to disperse people. Police said protesters were throwing rocks and bottles and several people were treated for injuries during tense moments. Oregonian reporter Eder Campuzano was hit in the head with a water bottle, but later tweeted that he would be OK. 

The ACLU of Oregon released a statement on Sunday night calling Portland Police's response to the protests "completely unacceptable." 

"The Portland Police Bureau’s response to protest is completely unacceptable in a free society. The repeated use of excessive force, and the targeting of demonstrators based on political beliefs are a danger to the First Amendment rights of all people. We call on the Portland Police Bureau, Mayor Wheeler, and Chief Outlaw to immediately end the use of weapons, munitions, and explosives against protesters."

The Office of Independent Police Review will be provided with the allegations for review and investigation.


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