PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A direct action march in the name of a Black man in Texas who was shot to death by police while reportedly trying to break up a fight at a gas station was organized in Portland Monday evening. Demonstrators marched through downtown, stopping at protest sites such as the Justice Center, new courthouse, and the Waterfront.
Jonathan Price was shot Saturday in Wolfe City, about 70 miles northeast of Dallas, the Dallas Morning News reported. The officer who shot him is on administrative leave.
Organizers in Portland urged people to bring candles to Director Park, where the demonstration started. Around 100 people congregated in the park for the vigil and the numbers grew as the march started.
Protesters walked and chanted through downtown to the Justice Center before continuing on to other locations in the district. There did not appear to be a heavy police presence downtown as demonstrators marched.
Sunday night, dozens of protesters marched from Tom McCall Waterfront Park to the new Multnomah County Courthouse near the Hawthorne Bridge, then to the Justice Center. The gathering eventually marched to City Hall, but most of the crowd had left the area by about 12:30 a.m. A total of six people were arrested by the night’s end.