BLM protests resume across Portland in 4th week, arrests made


Updates for Monday, June 22, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Following Juneteenth celebrations and a day of rest on Sunday, Rose City Justice returned on Monday to organize another Black Lives Matter rally and march at Jefferson High School. Police say two arrests were made overnight.

A few hundred people gathered at the football field of the North Portland high school. Shortly after 7 p.m. organizers led protesters on a march that would ultimately loop back and conclude at Jefferson High School.

“We are trying to address and highlight our Black community members in Oregon, as well as our universal Black community members that have felt the trauma, violence, and death,” said organizer Elijah Roach.

Rose City Justice said part of Monday’s march was meant to highlight the “life and passing of Kendra James,” a Black woman and mother who was killed by Portland police during a traffic stop in 2003. When protesters came to the Skidmore overpass, the march halted. Demonstrators sat cross-legged on the ground and a speaker stood at the mic set up on the flatbed of a truck.

“This was the place where Kendra James took her final breaths.”

Elsewhere in Portland, protests outside the Justice Center continued for the 25th consecutive day. Shortly before 11:30 p.m. Portland police reminded demonstrators via Twitter that the roadways outside the Justice Center needed to be kept clear for traffic. “Please vacate the roadway and proceed to the sidewalk. If you remain in the roadway you may be subject to arrest and use of force.”

Police officers later walked out to move the crowd out of the street and into the sidewalk or into the park. Police then said that at midnight all parks would be closed and gave protesters 20 minutes to leave.

As the clock struck midnight, police made their announcements again. A group of protesters left Chapman Square and went to Pioneer Square. The officers that had lined the street then got on a van and drove away.

By 12:30 a.m., police say most of the crowd had dispersed.

PPB reported that officers made two arrests overnight, including the arrest of a driver who parked a car in a “police only” zone. Officers had warned the driver to move multiple times and ended up towing the car.

The two people arrested were identified as 29-year-old Isabelle Aurelia and 52-year-old Stuart Crazy Bull. Both are charged with interfering with a peace officer. Police did not clarify which person was the driver of the towed car.

On Sunday night, protests outside of the Justice Center in downtown Portland continued for the 24th consecutive day. Portland police reported on Monday evening that 19 adults and one juvenile had been arrested from the previous night’s demonstration. The most common charges were for disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer.

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