Protests for August 21


On Friday, protesters marched from Irving Park to the North Police Precinct. The rainy night still brought out about 200 participants. Some protesters threw eggs and paint at police cars that were parked blocking a side street on one side of the precinct. Police used smoke and impact munitions to clear protesters away from the cars multiple times, returning back behind the vehicles each time. Just after 1 AM, an unlawful assembly was declared, which was immediately upgraded to a riot. Police pushed protesters back from the precinct and into the neighborhood, making several arrests. A small number of protesters attempted to regroup, before ending the night.

Scheduled Events


A peek at tonight’s car caravan, during a break in the rain (Portland has very dry summers, so this mid-70s and raining situation is a little weird):

Tonight at Irving Park, the shield umbrellas may be needed for a more traditional use:

Ready to march!

A slight shift in the usual route?

Well this is different (the person depicted uses she/her pronouns, fyi):

Did we mention the LRAD is loud tonight?

Some protesters threw eggs and paint at the police cars earlier, and this:

More warnings:

And now smoke and impact rounds:

Given that the main objects that it seems like protesters are throwing are water bottles and paint balloons, without further evidence it’s possible the window was broken by impact munitions instead:

An unlawful assembly was declared at 1:07 AM then immediately upgraded to a riot.

Many protesters seem to have departed by this point.




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Agencies present

Portland Police Bureau

Munitions used

  • Impact munitions (pepper balls?)
  • Smoke
  • Flash bang grenades

Number of arrests



  • Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree 
  • Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree 
  • Assaulting a Public Safety Officer
  • Riot
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Harassment 
  • Escape
  • Attempted Assaulting a Public Safety Officer

Protests for August 20


The night’s demonstrations began at Kenton Park, where an event organized by PDX Black Youth Movement was held. Organizers gave speeches at the park, then eventually departed to march through the streets of North Portland. The crowd of about 200 people were led by a pick up truck hauling a speaker system which organizers used to lead chants and to continue making speeches while on the move. While it seemed the protesters were headed specifically for The Portland Police Association (PPA), they only paused to chant in front of the building briefly before continuing onwards. After marching for a while longer the crowd eventually turned around, passing the PPA once again where they stopped to sit and listen to speeches, before marching all the way back to Kenton Park where they started.

As the demonstration at Kenton Park winded down, an impromptu event at Elizabeth Caruthers Park, where protesters had begun the night before as well, was just beginning. This gathering had a clear final destination – the ICE building less than a mile away. By 11 pm, when protesters left the park, there were about 100 people in the crowd. What followed for the night was repeated pushes away from the ICE building, including Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers executing dynamic charges (a.k.a. “bullrushes”) against the crowd on multiple occasions. Multiple members of the press were also injured by impact munitions that were fired at close range, and at least one street medic was arrested. By 1:30 am the crowd that had been already relatively small from the start had been going through hours of dispersals by federal officers and PPB, scattering them around the area, and the night ended by that time.

Scheduled Events


Kenton Park

Protesters gathered in Kenton Park, which is near The Portland Police Association (PPA) building.

After pausing briefly to chant at the PPA, protesters continued marching past the building.

Just before 9 pm protesters arrived once again at the PPA, where they sat down and listened to speeches by black youth organizers standing on the bed of the truck that had been leading the march.

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Before protesters began gathering in the area, a check in with the ICE building:

As the demonstration ended at Kenton Park in north Portland, on the southwest side of town an impromptu event was beginning at Elizabeth Caruthers Park.

Just before 11 pm, protesters departed from the park and made their way to the ICE building.

At about 11:20 pm, law enforcement officers appeared on the scene.

Just before 12:20 am, federal officers emerged from the ICE building to push protesters out of the area for the second time of the night.

Just before 12:25 am, PPB declared the gathering an unlawful assembly.

Multiple members of the press were injured during the demonstration at the ICE building:

For clarity, Claudio is @PhrenologyPhun.




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Agencies Present

  • Department of Homeland Security – Federal Protective Services
  • Portland Police Bureau


  • pepper balls
  • tear gas
  • flash bangs




Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II, Harassment