Protests for July 27


In Downtown Portland, the nightly demonstration in front of the Justice Center and Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse continued as it has almost every night for the last 60 days. Among the hundreds of participants were some recognizable groups including the Wall of Moms, the Wall of Vets, and the Dad Pod. Unfortunately, a group that wasn’t there was locally beloved Riot Ribs (who had been feeding protestors and the surrounding community alike free of charge for the last few weeks), who announced during the day over Twitter that they were dissolving.

Multiple fires were set early in the night, one at the site of the former elk statue and one in the portico in front of the federal courthouse. Not long after, federal officers deployed tear gas, pepper balls, flash bangs, and impact munitions at protestors from inside the courthouse.

At 11:40 PM, after multiple heavy rounds of tear gas use, federal officers declared the demonstration an unlawful assembly. Following this declaration was more deployment of tear gas, pepper balls, and impact munitions against protestors until just after 1 AM, when federal officers moved out onto the streets and pushed protestors west out of the area. After federal officers retreated back off the streets, protestors promptly returned to the area in front of the courthouse.

The night seemingly ended without further incident.

Scheduled Events


A vigil was held in honor of Tete Gulley, a black houseless woman in Portland whose death was labeled a suicide, which has been widely contested by her family and the community.

Downtown, the evening demonstration in front of the Justice Center and Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse occurred as usual.

Journalist Eder Campuzano outlined the two different groups that were demonstrating downtown:

At about 11:30 PM, federal officers emerged from the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse for the first time of the night. By 11:35 PM they had begun deploying tear gas and impact munitions against protestors from inside the fence surrounding the courthouse.

At about 11:45 PM, federal officers warned that they would declare the gathering an unlawful assembly.

Following about 20 minutes of tear gassing and shooting pepper balls at protestors, federal officers reentered the courthouse after putting out the fire in the portico.

At about 11:40 AM, federal officers declared the gathering an unlawful assembly.

Just after 1 AM, federal officers exited the courthouse and pushed protestors out of the area going several different directions.

After federal officers withdrew, protestors appeared to move back to the area in front of the federal courthouse that officers had cleared.

After this point the night seemingly ended without further incident.

Early the next morning, Riot Ribs posted a press release to their Twitter account explaining their decision to dissolve:




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Agencies Present

  • U.S. Marshals
  • Department of Homeland Security – Federal Protective Services


  • tear gas
  • pepper balls
  • impact munitions (rubber bullets)
  • flash bangs
  • lasers


State: 1 juvenile

Federal: 2


State: Criminal mischief, Disorderly conduct

Federal: Assault of a federal officer, Failure to comply with lawful order