PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As chants of “I can’t breathe” and “George Floyd” reverberated, hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of downtown Portland for a third straight night following the death of the unarmed, handcuffed black man under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.
As the night wore on, protesters were scattered around the city in a more spread out and decentralized grouping than the previous nights of protests. But as the curfew took effect at 8 p.m., things momentarily deteriorated outside the Justice Center.
Around 8:10 p.m., police labeled this gathering an “unlawful assembly.” Police began moving protesters back almost immediately. A phalanx of police gathered along SW Main and formed a line as protesters refused to leave.
Demonstrators near Laurelhurst Park marched west and crossed the Burnside Bridge Sunday night, and eventually merged with downtown protesters. The massive groups joined together to protest outside of the Justice Center, continuing chants of solidarity.
Shortly before midnight, police again declared the protest an “unlawful assembly” via Twitter and began using force to push the crowd away from the Justice Center and break people up into smaller groups. This continued into the early hours of Monday morning.