Portlanders decry racial violence amid MAX attack sentencing


Demonstrations on Tuesday come the same day as sentencing of MAX killer Jeremy Christian

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Rose City Justice hosted another march on Tuesday to oppose racial inequity and police brutality.

Portland is now in its fourth week of protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Monday saw a few hundred people gather at Jefferson High School for a rally and a march also hosted by Rose City Justice.

On Tuesday, several hundred people gathered at Southeast Portland’s Powell Park before marching to Reed College where they sat and listened to several speakers, including MAX attack survivor Micah Fletcher.

Tuesday was also the first day in the sentencing of Jeremy Christian, the man convicted of killing two people and critically wounding Fletcher a MAX train three years ago.

“The murder spawned out of blatant racism and hate for two young women in hijabs on the MAX,” wrote Rose City Justice ahead of the rally and march. “This tragic and hateful act is another example of how White extremism and racism is so destructive to humankind. We will also be highlighting why White-allyship is a key component of our fight against White supremacy and injustice, and what that looks like.”

Later in the night, the usual crowd formed near the Justice Center; at one point blocking SW 2nd outside the Portland Police Bureau’s Central Precinct to chant the names of those killed by police officers. No officers appeared to be patrolling the downtown area.

Here’s what happened on Tuesday, June 23:

12:30 a.m.

More than 100 people observed a moment of silence for the those whose names have been written on the boarded-up windows of the Apple store in downtown Portland.

11:45 p.m.

A crowd has blocked SW 2nd between Main and Madison outside the Portland Police Bureau’s Central Precinct. They’re chanting the names of people killed by police.

10:30 p.m.

Some people have gathered in downtown Portland not far from the Justice Center but in a break from previous nights, the tone has remained casual and relaxed.

9 p.m.

The group is outside of Reed College, listening to speakers including MAX attack survivor Micah Fletcher.

8:15 p.m.

A crowd several hundred people strong is marching near Southeast 28th and Woodstock.

7:15 p.m.

Rose City Justice is leading a march from Powell Park in Southeast Portland to Reed College.

KOIN 6 News will be at the rally and march and will update this story.

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