PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Numerous people gathered again in Portland and the surrounding communities on Tuesday to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Tuesday marked the 12th consecutive day of protests in Portland spurred by the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others. Floyd, 46, died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer who is now charged with 2nd-degree murder. He was buried Tuesday in his hometown of Houston.
Hundreds of people attended a sit-in rally near Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland on Tuesday afternoon. Organizers referred to the event as a “day of rest” to give Black Lives Matter supporters a chance to simply listen to speakers share their lived experiences and meet other activists.
Later in the night, a second, smaller group gathered again outside the fence surrounding the Justice Center. Some objects were thrown, a hole was cut in the fence and police beseeched those gathered to remain peaceful and stay on their side of the fence. The crowd thinned around 11:30 p.m.
On Monday, crowds marched down both sides of I-84, disrupting traffic for about an hour. A second group gathered outside the Justice Center in downtown Portland.
Here is a timeline of events from Tuesday, June 9, 2020:
Portland police says the area inside the fence on SW 3rd between Main and Madison is closed and anyone who enters the area is subject to arrest and use of force because “we must protect those inside the Justice Center.”
Officers say “criminal activity” is taking place in the crowd and non-violent demonstrators should leave.
Our KOIN 6 News crew at the scene watched some in the crowd throw objects at officers on the other side of the fence.
A crowd of people is gathered near the fence surrounding the Justice Center in downtown Portland. Our KOIN 6 News crew at the scene found a hole cut into the police barrier fence. Portland police tweeted a short time later, saying they “are aware that demonstrators have created a large hole in the fence in front of the Justice Center. Anyone trying to enter through this hole will be arrested for trespassing. We have given many warnings. Please do not enter this area.”
The PPB is livestreaming the night’s events:
Black speakers continue to share their lived experiences with racism to a crowd of hundreds of people.
“Sharing a moment like this, seeing the inspiration, the momentum, the collective voice coming together and saying ‘No more, we won’t be silenced’ is beautiful to me. And it renews my hope in humanity,” said Alexis Alberti, the mother of a girl who took the stage.
Protesters gather outside Revolution Hall at SE 13th Avenue and Stark Street. Organizers say this is a “day of rest” after so many days of large-scale marches. People will be encouraged to spend time listening to speeches and meeting other demonstrators. The group does not plan to march today.