PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Protesters marched from Portland’s Old Town to the Justice Center and then to City Hall on the 103rd consecutive day of demonstrations in the city, ultimately leading to 11 arrests being made.
Organizers called for a Direct Action March to start in Portland’s Waterfront Park near Skidmore Fountain just after 9 p.m. Within the hour, a crowd marched to the Transit Police Department Offices located in the 200 block of Northwest 1st Avenue. Some people stood on the MAX tracks, affecting train traffic.
By 10 p.m., Portland police tweeted that Naito Boulevard was “open to all vehicular traffic” and that anyone remaining on the street would be “subject … to the use of tear gas, crowd control agents and or [sic] impact munitions.” In response, some protesters threw items such as eggs and water bottles at officers.
Around 10:45 p.m., arrests were made as protesters marched on.
By 11 p.m., demonstrators had marched to the outside of the Justice Center on SW 2nd at Madison and Main streets; police declared the streets and sidewalks “closed,” and the crowd continued onto march from the Justice Center to City Hall — again standing in the street and blocking traffic despite warnings from police.
Southwest Jefferson Street to Southwest Salmon Street from Southwest 1st Avenue to Southwest Broadway was closed shortly after midnight as the crowd continued to gather in the streets. Officers again issued warnings to leave, yet much of the group remained.
This prompted Portland police to then dispersed the crowd, making several targeted arrests in the process.
The majority of the group left the area by 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. Police did use crowd control munitions overnight — but no tear gas. A total of 11 arrests were made along with one citation issued.
Those arrested and their charges were listed as follows:
- Cherry, Adrian, 25-year-old, of Vancouver, Washington, Interfering with a Peace Officer
- Wilson, Joy, 45-year-old, of Portland, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer Two Counts
- Molina, Tracy L., 37-year-old, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resist Arrest, Disorderly Conduct II
- Duran, Andrew, 18-year-old, of Hillsboro, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resist Arrest
- Curtis, Peter, 40-year-old, of Scappoose, Oregon, Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resist Arrest
- Garlick, Frederick, 31-year-old, of Portland, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II
- Brooksher, David, 36-year-old, of Oakland, California, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II
- Robeck, Dylan, 26-year-old, of Portland, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer
- Schlichting, Marley, 22-year-old, of Portland, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II
- Kavanaugh Collie, Fiona, 20-year-old, of Portland, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II
- Beaver, Ella, 22-year-old, of Portland, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II, Attempt Escape III
Earlier, authorities warned demonstrators against lighting fires due to the high fire danger risk in the city and across the state.
“We ask you to demonstrate peacefully and without the use of fire,” Portland Police Bureau tweeted.
Smoky and dangerous wind conditions put a damper on evening Labor Day protests in Portland, but dozens were arrested over the weekend, which marked the 100th day of consecutive demonstrations in the city since George Floyd, a Black man, was killed in police custody. His May 25 death, which had been caught on camera, sparked Black Lives Matter protests nationwide.