Protests for September 28

Summary

The direct action march on Monday night had an unexpected start when a large number of police officers showed up at Kenton Park while people were gathering there. The police searched people without consent and took supplies from the mutual aid tents, and also arrested someone with a “Vote!” sign. A warning was issued that force could be used against people in the street or blocking traffic, so when the police withdrew and the march began around 10 PM, protesters remained on the sidewalk.

Protesters arrived at their destination, the Portland Police Association building, and police made an announcement that the sidewalks outside the building were “closed”. They did not declare an unlawful assembly at this point, but rushed the protesters and began making arrests. Protesters then regrouped across the street from the PPA building. Reporters captured video of police officers gathering rocks from a street median with no one else around, which is significant because police reports often say that rocks have been thrown by protesters while reporters dispute or are unable to confirm these claims.

Police declared an unlawful assembly at about 11:34 PM and rushed the protesters again, making more arrests across the street in a 7-Eleven parking lot. Officers used OC gas and pepper spray during these actions. A smaller group returned to the PPA after this, and the protest tapered off around 1 AM.

Scheduled Events

  • Kenton Park Direct Action March – 8 PM

Timeline

Protesters are gathering at Kenton Park in North Portland:

There’s no indication that protesters have been blocking traffic when these announcements are made:

Unlawful assembly declared at about 11:34 PM:

CW for pepper spray/assault & audio of injured protester during arrest

Media

Present

Articles

OPB

Portland area officers will remain federal deputies through end of year

The Oregonian

Portland Mercury

Hall Monitor: An Authorized Militia

Portland Monthly

The Possums, the Police, and the Burger Barn

Police

Agencies present

Portland Police Bureau (federalized, as of 9/26)

Munitions used

  • Pepper spray
  • Smoke
  • OC gas

Number of arrests

24

Charges

  • Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Escape in the Third Degree
  • Menacing 
  • Harassment