Protests for August 9


On the evening of August 9th, protesters gathered at Kenton Park in North Portland. Around 9:30 pm, approximately 150 protesters left the park and marched to The Portland Police Association (PPA) building. Less than 15 minutes after arriving, The Portland Police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly. Up to that point protesters had been seen chanting and playing drums in front of the building and setting one small fire that quickly put itself out. Around 15 minutes after declaring the unlawful assembly, Portland Police declared the gathering a riot while simultaneously officers had already begun pushing protesters out of the area in a riot line.

Officers continued to disperse protesters using flash bangs, pepper balls and by running at protesters from behind and arresting some, and the already relatively small group was quickly split up throughout the area. Some protesters eventually made their way back to the PPA, where they were quickly subjected to dispersal and mass arrests once again. At about 11:45 pm, officers left the area and the few protesters left in front of the PPA building. By 1 am, protester numbers had dwindled and the night ended.

After events in North Portland ended, members of the community went downtown to the Justice Center to do jail support for the many protesters who were arrested during the brief demonstration.

Scheduled Events


Protesters gathered at Kenton Park in North Portland.

Just after 9:30 pm, protesters departed from Kenton Park and began marching.

At about 9:45 pm, protesters arrived at The Portland Police Association (PPA) building.

At 9:55 pm, Portland Police (PPB) declared the gathering an unlawful assembly.

Just after 10:10 pm, PPB officers rushed protesters blocks away from the PPA building.

Around the same time, PPB declared the gathering a riot, less than half an hour after protesters arrived in the area.

Law enforcement officers drove through Kenton Park chasing down protesters.

At the 00:17 second mark, journalist Laura Jedeed is seen wearing a high-visibility vest being pushed by an officer. Laura’s own footage of the moment is directly below this footage by @PDocumentarians.

A separate group of protesters were still being dispersed by officers on foot elsewhere.

One reporter went to the Justice Center, where most demonstrations had been held almost every night prior to the last few days.

A small group of protesters made their way back to the PPA.

Officers began making mass arrests of protesters that had returned to the PPA building.

A member of the press was arrested, seen below:

The journalists at 45th Parallel Absurdist Brigade provided a summary of events for the night from the ground, the first installment of which is below (click on the tweet to see the full thread):

Downtown in the area around the Justice Center, some protesters were arrested and reportedly held in a van for an extended period of time despite telling arresting officers that their gas masks made it difficult for them to breathe in the confined space.




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The Oregonian

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Portland Mercury

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The Washington Post

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Willamette Week

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Agencies Present

  • Portland Police Bureau
  • Oregon State Police


  • flash bangs
  • pepper balls




Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer