PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Dozens of people marched from Laurelhurst Park to the Penumbra Kelly Building in Southeast Portland Thursday night, resulting in two arrests on the 98th consecutive night of protests in Portland since the death of George Floyd.
The Portland Police Bureau issued a warning to those outside the shared law enforcement facility at 9:30 p.m., saying those who step onto the property could be arrested for trespassing, including members of the media. However, some group members continued to march onto the property, while others threw items like rocks and plastic water bottles towards the building.
Some items hit cars in the parking lot and a few people were seen spray painting the west side of the building.
By 11:25 p.m., officers issued warnings to stop throwing things at the building or else they would subjected to arrest, citation, or crowd control agents, including tear gas and/or impact weapons. Within half an hour, targeted arrests were made of people still throwing projectiles.
Shortly before 12:30 a.m., a vehicle drove through the crowd on East Burnside Street and narrowly missed individuals in the crowd. Officers later stopped the driver and issued a citation.
Police say throughout the night there were support vehicles in the area with the main purpose of blocking traffic. Several of the cars were cited and towed.
By 2 a.m., most of the crowd had left the area. Police did not use any tear gas, but made two total arrests.
Those arrested were identified as Devlin Sean O’Neill, a 29-year-old who charged with second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree disorderly conduct, along with 37-year-old Amanda Lundbom who was charged for interfering with a peace officer and failure to display a drivers license.
Earlier in the day, a handful of protesters gathered outside Mayor Ted Wheeler’s residence in the Pearl District.
It’s the latest in a series of protests at the mayor’s condominium, one of which turned into a riot. Earlier Thursday, Wheeler confirmed he was moving as soon as he could because it isn’t “fair to my neighbors that they should be subjected to this just because I’m the mayor of the city of Portland.”
Protesters are expected to march to Laurelhurst Park.
According to the website Portland Black Lives Matter Events, a nonviolent protest is scheduled at Pioneer Courthouse Square from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is being put on by a group called Portland United for Justice and Equality.
Weekend protests expected
Wheeler said the city is preparing for possible weekend demonstrations with state law enforcement.
“What we do not need is groups confronting each other violently. But we will be prepared for it,” he said.
Asked if he’s concerned the expected protests this weekend could turn violent, Wheeler said of course he is.
Protesters face federal charges
Three people previously arrested during Portland protests now face federal charges for various offenses, the US Attorney’s Office for Oregon announced Thursday.
Hugo Ryan Berteau-Pavy and Eva Warner are each facing felony charges for allegedly shining a laser in the eyes of officers, while Kristopher Michael Donnelly is accused of assaulting a police officer.
Each faces a maximum of 5 years in federal prison.