The demonstration on July 13th deviated from other nights in that it was held in front of the Portland Police Association (PPA) building in North Portland, rather than downtown in front of the Justice Center per usual. When demonstrators reached the PPA building around 7:30 PM, they were almost immediately met with officers in riot gear. The stand-off between protestors and Portland Police lasted throughout the night.
The first incident of officers pushing protestors back and off the street occurred just before 9 PM. Many more pushes happened before the end of the action, some including using tear gas on protesters, others where officers pushed protesters back with just batons.
The demonstration in front of the Justice Center was reportedly very small, as most protestors concentrated their efforts at the PPA building. At the end of the demonstration around 3 AM, some protestors did make their way to the Justice Center.
Around 12:15 AM the Portland Police declared the gathering a riot, and pushed protestors, members of the press, and legal observers alike back away from the PPA building. There were a few arrests scattered throughout the night and evidence of the deployment of tear gas and pepper spray on protestors.
No Confidence at the PPA – 5:30 PM
At 8:30 AM, Portland Police Officers detained a 12 year old child for allegedly adding accelerant to a fire at the site of the former elk statue in Downtown Portland. The child has since been released to his mother.
Protestors at a demonstration in Kenton Park that began at 5:30 PM made their way towards The Portland Police union building, which they reached around 7:30 PM.
About 115 protesters are marching toward the Portland Police Association building in North Portland pic.twitter.com/LAkhtOvPIt— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 14, 2020
Lots of cheering people from their houses and porches— 45th ןǝןןɐɹɐd ʇsıpɹnsqɐ ǝpɐbıɹq (@45thabsurdist) July 14, 2020
A woman shows support along the way pic.twitter.com/ESUhTfqGC8— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 14, 2020
About 115 protesors chanting at police, near the Portland police association building pic.twitter.com/tHJsgfSCqT— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 14, 2020
Police seemed like they were going to move, or arrest this man, but in the end they didn’t pic.twitter.com/wL3sDTfIeH— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 14, 2020
Multiple people from the neighborhood have come out with their children and are standing with the protesters— 45th ןǝןןɐɹɐd ʇsıpɹnsqɐ ǝpɐbıɹq (@45thabsurdist) July 14, 2020
Correction: initial reports of this person being the mother of Donovan Labella are untrue. She claims to be the mother of an injured protester who has been shot in the head by impact munitions 2 nights ago.— Portland Independent Documentarians (@PDocumentarians) July 14, 2020
Aiming at heads from 5 feet away pic.twitter.com/iWDkIrNqkp— 45th ןǝןןɐɹɐd ʇsıpɹnsqɐ ǝpɐbıɹq (@45thabsurdist) July 14, 2020
LRAD just said things were thrown. This is true- counted 2 water bottles. Also alleged bricks. No evidence of this. They shoved donavan’s mom across the street. Everyone is back now.— 45th ןǝןןɐɹɐd ʇsıpɹnsqɐ ǝpɐbıɹq (@45thabsurdist) July 14, 2020
Worth noting that numbers have easily doubled since the crowd got here.— 45th ןǝןןɐɹɐd ʇsıpɹnsqɐ ǝpɐbıɹq (@45thabsurdist) July 14, 2020
Portland protest day 46 pic.twitter.com/b1UH5LJTKh— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 14, 2020
A contractor is measuring the windows of the police association building(police union), probably for plywood pic.twitter.com/0GmXcBaVUr— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 14, 2020
The crowd has significantly grown as the night wears on. Though both sides have remained peaceful tonight. Contractors have also arrived to reinforce the windows of the PPA building. #PortlandProtest #PDXprotest #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/xl3bXrMpzd— Portland Independent Documentarians (@PDocumentarians) July 14, 2020
Downtown, the nightly demonstration in front of the Justice Center had fewer numbers than most nights.
Alright, I’m downtown, just dropped some shoes for @riotribs volunteers. Due to other actions going on, the crowd is tiny.— Cook Cajun, Punch Nazis (@nogumbofornazis) July 14, 2020
From Riot Ribs, a group that has been feeding protestors in front of the Justice Center most nights (Note: PPA is The Portland Police Association):
We’re closed. Everyone to PPA now.— RIOT RIBS 🔥 (@riotribs) July 14, 2020
Back at The Portland Police Association building:
Contractors are installing plywood over the PPA building’s windows. I wonder who will be paying for this as the PPA is a private building.— Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK) July 14, 2020
The LRAD guy just yelled at us because someone threw a water bottle. I suspect this will be used as the justification for horrible violence. pic.twitter.com/s2UMYtZZK4
At about 12:15 AM, The Portland Police declared a riot.
Riot was just declared— Cory Elia (@TheRealCoryElia) July 14, 2020
It appears that police believe that telling protesters and a neighborhood that they will use tear gas is supposed to justify the use of tear gas pic.twitter.com/7zBU4jAinW— Jake “wear a mask” Johnson (@FancyJenkins) July 14, 2020
Officers on riot vans arrived and launched munitions into the crowd. A riot has been declared. Police enforcement action in progress. #PortlandProtests #PDXprotest #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/14ttoozzcM— Portland Independent Documentarians (@PDocumentarians) July 14, 2020
Cops are preventing people who live in this neighborhood from getting to their homes a block away— Jake “wear a mask” Johnson (@FancyJenkins) July 14, 2020
Folks now being pushed north from Lombard. Past LaSalle— 45th ןǝןןɐɹɐd ʇsıpɹnsqɐ ǝpɐbıɹq (@45thabsurdist) July 14, 2020
Several arrests have been made tonight on Lombard St. Portland Police has since pushed the crowd into the residential areas of North Portland. #PortlandProtest #PDXprotests #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/oH22yLmp1m— Portland Independent Documentarians (@PDocumentarians) July 14, 2020
Police make an announcement for press and legal observers. pic.twitter.com/nT5GybI87E— Alex Milan Tracy (@AlexMilanTracy) July 14, 2020
The Portland Police cited a broken window at the PPA building as their reason for declaring a riot. The window in question was broken when a PPB officer hit a protestor’s phone out of their hand and behind the line of riot officers, shown here:
This is what the Portland Police used as the justification to declare a riot and deploy horrendous violence against a crowd. A cop knocked a protester’s phone into the window of the Police Union building, breaking its window. https://t.co/Ie4mwog1JM— Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK) July 14, 2020
The person on the megaphone is recounting the story of notes nazi enthusiast and nazi shrine-builder Mark Kruger, Who PPB never fired or disciplined for all the nazi shrines be built on city property. He was in charge of the gang task force! And then the evidence department!— 45th ןǝןןɐɹɐd ʇsıpɹnsqɐ ǝpɐbıɹq (@45thabsurdist) July 14, 2020
About half the crowd is left. Folks laid down in the road for a while. But so far, the cops have not made further pushes into the crowd. pic.twitter.com/Al2EZY38cb— Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK) July 14, 2020
So like 50+ people left. I think the best thing for the protesters would be to call it, but I am just a reporter— 45th ןǝןןɐɹɐd ʇsıpɹnsqɐ ǝpɐbıɹq (@45thabsurdist) July 14, 2020
Some more movement a bunch of police (maybe dozen or a little less) walk back toward PPA, riot rail van backed up closer to riot cop line. More NWA fuck the police. Still chill pic.twitter.com/7tojAJb8hD— Jake “wear a mask” Johnson (@FancyJenkins) July 14, 2020
There were some reports at approximately 3 AM that some protestors from in front of the PPA building were heading to Lownsdale Square in front of the Justice Center. There didn’t appear to be any journalists going with them, so this move was not well-documented.
Well, a firework got set off people were chilling eating donuts and the peace has ended as the peace officers have returned and told people they couldn’t be on the sidewalk on the south side of Lombard aka the PPA side of the street. Horrible lights are back riot van is back pic.twitter.com/lENlCCks98— Jake “wear a mask” Johnson (@FancyJenkins) July 14, 2020
Other people also counting numbers. Still pretty even, more cops showed up and some lingering protester groups showed up too. Got to about 3 baker’s dozens couple police vehicle loads of riot police loaded up and left down denver— Jake “wear a mask” Johnson (@FancyJenkins) July 14, 2020
As people are leaving to head to the Justice center one of the cops in front of PPA just told other cops to look for rocks to photograph as projectiles the. Proceeded to pick stuff up out of a patch of dirt… you know the area where rocks live. This is pretty fucked up y’all— Jake “wear a mask” Johnson (@FancyJenkins) July 14, 2020
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