In the evening of September 6th, protesters gathered in North Portland for the nightly demonstration. Beginning at Alberta Park, the group marched to The Portland Police Bureau’s (PPB) north precinct. Immediately upon arrival at the precinct, protesters were met with the sound of PPB’s loudspeaker making an announcement stating that the precinct was closed and that anyone that entered the property would be subject to arrest. As protesters stood at the front of the precinct, they chanted, performed music, and set multiple mattresses on fire. The last mattress fire prompted a response from Portland Fire, preceded by PPB advancing on protesters to push them away from the mattress. At least one arrest occurred before officers quickly retreated back into the precinct.
Later in the night, the group attempted to move to the back of the precinct and were met by more announcements from the PPB loudspeaker and a riot line of officers who did not immediately engage with protesters. An incident also occurred with an individual in a car driving aggressively in the vicinity of protesters. This individual reportedly got out of their car to yell at protesters, then eventually drove off without causing any injuries. A few more arrests were made by PPB officers before the night ended by about 1 am.
- Families Marching for Black Lives – 12:30 pm
- Community Healing for Black Lives Matter – 5:30 pm
- Resist Dance – Featuring Chuckkpasta & Amenta Abioto – 6 pm
- Pioneer Square Nonviolent Protest – 6 pm
- No Justice No Peace – 7:30 pm
Protesters gathered at Alberta Park in North Portland.
Alberta park, high school musical is playing on the speakers as we await the march— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) September 7, 2020
Portland protest day 101 pic.twitter.com/kZ5N8YcDFj— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) September 7, 2020
“Slow in the front, protect the back!” chanted by protesters as they march through the streets. Now chanting “Black Lives Matter!”— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) September 7, 2020
A neighbor shows support for the marches pic.twitter.com/FnzAN6qNF3— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) September 7, 2020
As protesters were barely arriving at The Portland Police Bureau’s (PPB) north precinct, they were immediately issued a warning from PPB’s loudspeakers.
Police give warning to not enter property, say everyone is subject to arrest if they do, including press pic.twitter.com/wF9rZBqXfS— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) September 7, 2020
Mattress fire in front of the precinct pic.twitter.com/tv8Aa1ez64— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) September 7, 2020
For context, the Boys and Girls Club building is right next to the north precinct (seen in the video below with the Blazers logo on the front).
Portland fire is coming in to extinguish the fire pic.twitter.com/9fAc2exKqh— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) September 7, 2020
Around 10:20 pm, PPB officers emerged from the north precinct to move protesters away from the mattress on fire.
Portland Police officers have pushed out from the North Precinct driveway. They formed a perimeter around the mattress fire. One individual had been arrested. #PortlandProtests #pdxprotest #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/5zU2O0tLFY— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) September 7, 2020
Firefighters are extinguishing the mattress fire pic.twitter.com/J1ylAAYcKr— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) September 7, 2020
Lol peep #31 ? pic.twitter.com/GpGBUrxmci— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) September 7, 2020
One journalist had a strange encounter with a live-streamer:
This white lady is filming everyone leaving and so I asked her for directions to test and she looked me up and down and said to her live stream ok you’re not antifa bc you have a pink shirt on. Oh OK good to know. Lmao— Cozca (@KohzKah) September 7, 2020
Context: Brent Taylor is an officer with PPB who has garnered a reputation for brutality during the protests.
Protesters: fuck Brent Taylor!— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) September 7, 2020
We’re marching away? Unsure what the MO is just yet, but the police don’t seem to want to engage with the crowd tonight— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) September 7, 2020
The speaker lead us in a march attempting to reach the back of the precinct. Officers are lined up prepared and dj lrad warned protesters to not continue advancing— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) September 7, 2020
Just before midnight, a car drove aggressively near protesters.
A car drove through pretty aggressively, they stopped right before the barricade on the other end and got out to yell at a bunch of protesters. The crowd kept yelling “deescalate” as people tried to talk and reason with them. They were mad about the mattress fire a few hours ago— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) September 7, 2020
They drove away after yelling at folks again and after they saw they couldn’t make their way through— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) September 7, 2020
A little after midnight, PPB officers reemerged from the north precinct building and arrested protesters.
Apparently riding a bike is unlawful and grounds for arrest ? tight.— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) September 7, 2020
- Alissa Azar @R3volutionDaddy – CashApp: $pdxalissa / Venmo: @R3volutionDaddy
- Cozca @KohzKah – CashApp $cozca
- Justin Yau @PDocumentarians – CashApp: $portlandindepend / PayPal: https://paypal.me/portlandindepend
- Sergio Olmos
- Portland Police Bureau
Resisting Arrest, Reckless Burning, Possession of a Destructive Device, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree