Protests for August 14

On Friday, Hip Hop Stands Up brought out Black Lives Matter supporters for music performances in Waterfront Park. In north Portland, protesters gathered at Peninsula Park for a march that was indicated would be taking a longer route than in the past. The march was blocked by riot police at N Ainsworth and Interstate, about a mile from the Portland Police Association building. After a standoff, the protesters reversed course and headed east and south. The march was blocked again not long after. As marchers continued to change direction and attempt to move forward, they came upon more lines of riot cops blocking their way.

A little after 10 PM as the march was blocked at N Killingsworth and Mississippi, an unlawful assembly was declared. Reporters observed paint balloons being thrown shortly before this announcement. Smoke, flash bangs, and impact munitions were used to disperse the protest and drive people back to Peninsula Park. The group reformed and continued north to N Rosa Parks Way. Police bull-rushed the protesters and pushed them several blocks further north. After being dispersed through the neighborhood, protesters regrouped again at N Buffalo & Commercial. Another encounter with riot cops pushed the protest onto the I-5 overpass on N Lombard, which has no significant barrier to protect people from being pushed over the edge. The police made dispersal orders but protesters continued to stay on the overpass. Then the riot cops bull-rushed the protesters and slashed the tires of all of the cars that had been forced to stop behind the police line. Most people appear to have dispersed after this point, around 1 AM.

Scheduled Events


Starting off tonight with a look at Hip Hop Stands Up (it’s still early!)

Over at Peninsula Park, folks are picking up new protective gear and showing off some fun work:

The march is off! Destination TBA:

Police are blocking the route at about N Ainsworth & Interstate:

The PPB seem to be warning protesters to not do the thing that the police are doing (blocking traffic):


The march is moving again, back in the direction they came from:

Unlawful assembly declared at about 10:10 PM:

It sounds like protesters have gotten split up into different groups, but this is the main one:


Most of the neighborhood response has been friendly, but not this:

A resident who was chanting in support of the protests was assaulted by his neighbors:

At this point, protesters appear to have dispersed for the night.




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Agencies present

Portland Police Bureau

Munitions used

  • Smoke
  • Flash bangs
  • Impact munitions
  • Pepper spray

Number of arrests



  • Assaulting a Public Safety Officer
  • Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Resist Arrest
  • Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Attempted Assaulting a Public Safety Officer 
  • Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree 

Protests for August 13


This was not the first time a main demonstration hadn’t been planned for the night in Portland, Oregon. In the days when every demonstration was automatically assumed to take place downtown, people would show up in front of the Justice Center whether there was an official event planned or not. Events co-occurring in the early evening in Peninsula Park (North Portland) and Jamison Square (Downtown Portland) drew small crowds, but when night came on August 13th there was no main demonstration in sight. Some protesters still went to the Justice Center, but even by 9:30 – 10 pm, there were 50 people in the area at most. With already small numbers from the start, the night came and went uneventfully.

Scheduled Events


At 6 pm, community members gathered at Peninsula Park in North Portland to hear speeches and march a short route around the neighborhood.

In the Pearl District of downtown Portland, another group of protesters gathered and marched around the neighborhood.

At the customary location for nightly demonstrations in front of the Justice Center, a small crowd gathered despite the fact that there was no event planned.





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Agencies Present

  • Portland Police Bureau