Protests for August 26


Two events took place on August 26th – one in Gresham, Portland’s neighbor to the east, and one in Southwest Portland. Gresham City Hall had recently put a Black Lives Matter up in front of the building, which prompted a reaction from far right protesters to travel to the city and hold a “flag waving rally”. In response, Black Lives Matter counter protesters showed up to confront far right protesters, some of whom were armed with paintball guns. What followed was about two hours of protesters from either side chanting at each other and some engaging in dialogue. Compared to the dueling protests on August 22nd involving the two opposing groups, this demonstration had far fewer physical altercations.

In the evening, the nightly demonstration in Portland took place in the Southwest. Protesters met at Elizabeth Caruthers Park, where they have met every time a demonstration in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building was slated. Just five minutes after protesters arrived at ICE, federal officers emerged from the building to confront them. A little over half an hour after that, an unlawful assembly was declared and officers began advancing on the crowd of protesters. The rest of the night consisted of law enforcement officers, both federal and local, pushing protesters out of the area with little chance to return to the ICE building. There were multiple pushes and targeted arrests aimed at protesters throughout the night, and officers employed pepper balls, smoke grenades, and tear gas to disperse the approximately 200 individuals that had marched to ICE. By 1 am, after constant advancements by law enforcement, numbers in the ranks of protesters had dwindled, and as federal and state officers retreated the night ended without further incident.

Scheduled Events


During the day, far right protesters held a flag waving rally at Gresham City Hall in Gresham, Oregon, prompting a counter protest.

In the evening, protesters met up at Elizabeth Caruthers Park in Southwest Portland to protest in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building.

Just before 10:10 pm, protesters arrived at the ICE building.

Just before 10:15 pm, about 5 minutes after protesters arrived, Federal Protective Services (FPS) officers emerged from the building to push the crowd back.

At about 10:45 pm, FPS declared the gathering an unlawful assembly.

At about 10:50 pm, federal officers moved from their stationary riot line position and began pushing protesters away from the ICE building.





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Agencies Present

  • Gresham Police Department
  • Multnomah County Sheriffs
  • Department of Homeland Security – Federal Protective Services
  • Portland Police Bureau


  • mace
  • pepper balls
  • smoke grenades
  • tear gas




Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II, Harassment, Unlawful use of Mace/Pepper Spray