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

Timeline

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):

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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:

Earlier:

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.

Media

Present

Articles

Columbia Journalism Review

Portlandโ€™s independent journalists team up to cover the front lines

KGW

Commissioner-elect Dan Ryan calls for a peace summit to end Portland protests and work toward reforms

The Oregonian

Politico

GAO finds Chad Wolf, Ken Cuccinelli are ineligible to serve in their top DHS roles

Vice

Irregular Periods and Horrible Headaches: How Tear Gas Is Making Portland Sick

Willamette Week

New City Audit Highlights Lack of Oversight of Three Private Security and Cleanup Teams

Police

Agencies present

Portland Police Bureau

Munitions used

  • Smoke
  • Flash bangs
  • Impact munitions
  • Pepper spray

Number of arrests

Four

Charges

  • 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