PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Protests continued and multiple people were arrested in Portland Sunday evening, after roughly four months of demonstrations against police brutality were only briefly interrupted by smoke and hazardous air quality brought on by wildfires.
People organized at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park Sunday evening for a direct action march. Dozens of people gathered in the park before taking off for a march around 9:45 p.m. Portland police were also nearby and could be heard making announcements addressing the crowd.
As several protesters spray-painted the building, officers moved in on the crowd and made at least one arrest. Meanwhile, a van that was connected to the crowd drove the wrong way on a one-way street and then blocked traffic, leading police to stop and tow it.
During the gathering, demonstrators chanted phrases like “Quit Your Job” at officers.
Protesters then went on to march to the Justice Center and Portland Police Bureau’s Central Precinct a few blocks away. Police continued to tell people to clear out of the street. Some more buildings were reportedly vandalized and more targeted arrests were made.
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.
Arrests made overnight
- Patrick Welsch, 29, of Seattle, Washington — Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
- Jeff Singer, 33, of Portland – Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Escape in the Third Degree
- Devlin Oneill, 30, of Portland – Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
- Jason Grant, 22, of Vancouver, Washington – Criminal Mischief in the First Degree
- Conor Finnegan, 28, of Portland – Criminal Mischief in the First Degree
- Amber Purkapile, 21, of Portland, was booked by MCSO on a charge of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.
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Earlier Sunday, a new collective organized an event in Northeast Portland where they called for social change through peaceful protest. The “I Choose Love” event featured Black leaders and took place in Irving Park. Leaders hope to move Portland forward without destroying the city.
Also on Sunday afternoon, supporters for Aaron “Jay” Danielson gathered downtown where he was shot and killed at SW 3rd Avenue and Alder Street.
Danielson died on the day a caravan of President Donald Trump supporters drove through Portland. Chandler Pappas, a friend of Danielson’s who was with him that night, was also downtown Sunday.
The man who was a suspect in Danielson’s death was ultimately shot and killed in Washington by members of a federal task force.
During Sunday’s gathering, it appeared as if people with left-leaning and right-leaning ideologies got in some heated discussions in the streets. Some people reported being maced or hit with pepper spray.
KOIN 6 News reached out to Portland police about this reported incident. Sgt. Kevin Allen said patrol was monitoring the event, but no arrests were made at that point. He said the bureau would put out more information if that changed.