On Friday afternoon, a BLM art therapy event at Irving Park in NE Portland was disrupted by an unidentified DHS officer who claimed to be serving a warrant, then chased a person through the park while attendees attempted to block them. They did not make an arrest.
In the evening, protesters gathered in SE Portland at Laurelhurst Park to march to the Penumbra Kelly building on E Burnside, where Multnomah County sheriffs and Portland police are stationed. Before the protest left the park, police made an announcement using a LRAD loudspeaker saying that protesters did not have a permit for their march and must stay on sidewalks. This is similar to statements made at the start of an event in North Portland last week, but this time no police officers attempted to physically intervene.
The march left the park and arrived at the Penumbra Kelly building without interference. Protesters used foil reflectors to shine the bright headlights from police vehicles parked outside back onto the building. Around 10 PM, protesters began marching in what turned out to be a loop around the block, then returned to the front of the building. After some chants, they left and did another loop. Protesters gave speeches about an upcoming ballot measure to fund drug treatment programs, and about how racist systems criminalize Black people to fund themselves. Musicians set up a keyboard and guitars and began a jam session, with freestyle rapping on top. By midnight the protest appeared to be winding down and many people had left.
At about midnight, with no apparent change in the protester’s activities, police came out to address the vehicles that were blocking traffic (to protect the protest from car attacks). Protesters stood in front of a motorcycle officer to block them from getting to one of these support vehicles. One person was hit and dragged by the motorcycle, and another received a head injury. Both needed urgent medical care, which volunteer medics immediately started to help with. Police came out to clear protesters and offer medical aid, interfering with the community medics. Both injured protesters were able to be transported to receive the needed care after this. The protester who was dragged has been arrested but currently remains at a hospital.
- Art Therapy for Black Lives Matter – 1-5 PM at Irving Park
- Laurelhurst Park Direct Action March – 8 PM
The Art Therapy event this afternoon was interrupted with what appears to be an attempted arrest by DHS officers:
DHS just came into the BLM Art Theraphy to arrest @cremebruleepdx. We asked for their badge and warrant. None was shown. His badge number is 2062. #PDXprotests— Rico Angelo De Vera (@_FreeFreako) October 3, 2020
@cremebruleepdx was just almost apprehended by DHS agents according to @_FreeFreako’s insta — can we please confirm their safety? Here is Rico’s account of what happened. #PortlandProtest #PdxProtest #SafePdx pic.twitter.com/7ATm3oLi4A— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 3, 2020
At Laurelhurst Park for tonight’s action:
At laurelhurst park where protesters are gathering for the march. @mendingbloc is here, it’s their first night and they are offering mending and repairs for most of your needs. Police rip your shirt in a bull rush? Hit them up! pic.twitter.com/0ZMN8SHzBL— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) October 3, 2020
As I lock my car after parking at Laurelhurst Park, PPB LRAD announces that no permits were issued to march on streets and orders everyone to march on sidewalks if they march. Also, that the Penumbra Kelly building and it's grounds and landscaping are closed to the public. pic.twitter.com/vEbk5Kb8ee— Sean Bascom (@baaascom) October 3, 2020
It’s Friday, Oct 2nd in Portland Oregon. Protesters are gathered out front the Penumbra Kelly building, a Portland Police and Sheriffs office. #BlackLivesMatter #BLM #PortlandProtest #Portland pic.twitter.com/m53tpDabR2— Garrison Davis (@hungrybowtie) October 3, 2020
Crowds are yelling "Quit your job!", to the officers deployed on front of the Penumbra Kelly Building. #PortlandProtest #PDXProtest #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/DFfBRiGP9K— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) October 3, 2020
First police announcements of the night directed at press and legal observers, this is second version of this announcement given. It is more friendly than the first iteration. #BlackLivesMatter #BLM #PortlandProtest #Portland pic.twitter.com/zttx8Nq02H— Garrison Davis (@hungrybowtie) October 3, 2020
Current situation: protesters wielding extremely violent aluminum-coated signs at the bright lights of three cruisers within MSCO property— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 3, 2020
Chants of "Black Lives Matter"
Waiting, I assume, for the inevitable
A water bottle is thrown towards the parking lot, a few protesters at the front condem this, saying they’re here to be “non violent, but not silent.” A protester retrieves the thrown bottle from the parking lot. Portland Protest Bureau/Black Unity PDX attempting to lead tonight.— Garrison Davis (@hungrybowtie) October 3, 2020
Led by activist Demetria Hester:
Demetria leading a chant of:— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 3, 2020
"I said your momma hate you!"
"Yes she do!"
"I said your kids hate you!"
"Yes, they do!"
We're at MCSO.— Daddy Mac ?? (@MacSmiff) October 3, 2020
There's about 200 ppl here. I can hear Demetria's voice. It's been a while. pic.twitter.com/tFafiz5jvc
So DJ LRAD just made another announcement very specifically targeting “the owner of the snack wagon.” He accused them of having eggs? The only thing thrown thus far afaik was a water a single bottle and there was heavy peace policing…— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) October 3, 2020
Protesters in the front have aluminum shields that they seem to be using to reflect the police cars' lights.— Daddy Mac ?? (@MacSmiff) October 3, 2020
A Black activist begins chanting "Stay Together, Stay tight!" and moving the crowd East on Broadway— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 3, 2020
He appears to be moving the protest past the MSCO
For no apparent reason, the crowd has marched away from the station. pic.twitter.com/W1UUSAZf4e— Daddy Mac ?? (@MacSmiff) October 3, 2020
The protest has turned down side streets. I won't go into detail about exactly where but it'll be interesting to see where the hell we're going— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 3, 2020
We marched in a circle and came back to MCSO now— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) October 3, 2020
Receiving unconfirmed reports that tonight's protest is being filmed for a documentary. I can definitely confirm a lot of big cameras very much in the faces of activists this evening— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 3, 2020
We lapped the block and we're right back at MCSO.— Daddy Mac ?? (@MacSmiff) October 3, 2020
A Spanish-speaking driver gets stuck in the march; the protesters make a hole.
Chants break out and we're back in front of the building. pic.twitter.com/Srzowe6fWK
Pepper bullets shot at people on the lawn near Burnside and 47th. It was officer 12 aka Brent Taylor.— Garrison Davis (@hungrybowtie) October 3, 2020
(bad pic sorry, at least should give an idea of where it happened) #BlackLivesMatter #BLM #PortlandProtest #Portland pic.twitter.com/ugP89HhAaR
Dj lrad is still big mad. They’re warning people to stay off the landscaping and parking lot and threatening the use of teargas— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) October 3, 2020
Another loop around the building:
There has been no justice for Breonna Taylor. We haven't forgotten. pic.twitter.com/RFpwKf6vtN— Daddy Mac ?? (@MacSmiff) October 3, 2020
Back to the front of the MSCO. The spotlights of the cruisers greet us mutely— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 3, 2020
There are now two Black Lives Matter signs on the yards across from the police/sheriff building. Last time I was here there was only one. #BlackLivesMatter #BLM #PortlandProtest #Portland pic.twitter.com/FOkCKOCkDp— Garrison Davis (@hungrybowtie) October 3, 2020
Young lady speaks about Measure 110. pic.twitter.com/6mihEyc6Bh— Daddy Mac ?? (@MacSmiff) October 3, 2020
@MacSmiff on how police and other racist systems criminalize blackness and poverty through traffic tickets until DJ LRAD interrupts pic.twitter.com/MIqInygHtA— Sean Bascom (@baaascom) October 3, 2020
Jam session with No Shu, Trumpet Man, Teal and some new band guys on the guitar and keys. They don't have names yet. pic.twitter.com/E5Bck1pEM3— Daddy Mac ?? (@MacSmiff) October 3, 2020
@Noshu4me free styling from behind a shield line while roof cop watches on.— Cascadianphotog Media (@Cascadianphotog) October 3, 2020
A Black person finally hops on the mic. pic.twitter.com/V4rgKC1gzR— Daddy Mac ?? (@MacSmiff) October 3, 2020
Many protesters and press have left as the night appears to be winding down.
CW for violent arrests, assault, and a vehicle attack in the videos that follow. There are also strobing lights.
PPB sucks pic.twitter.com/qV2QZ0DypR— Cozca Itzpapalotl (@KohzKah) October 3, 2020
#pdxprotests pic.twitter.com/7yFyLjdO0J— Cozca Itzpapalotl (@KohzKah) October 3, 2020
Motorcycle cop tried to pull someone over, took off and dragged a protesters for about 20 ft and then ran her over pic.twitter.com/0u0ONAPcIE— John #PortlandProtest (@Johnnthelefty) October 3, 2020
A motorcycle cop pulls over two vehicles that were blocking the street to protect the crowd. Protesters swarm him and both vehicles drive off. Two protesters block the motorcycle as it drives off, knocking them both to the ground. pic.twitter.com/eDM83XjZ4G— Sean Bascom (@baaascom) October 3, 2020
Portland police motorcycle just ran over a protester— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) October 3, 2020
I’m hearing the medics say they got physically pushed away when trying to provide care and the police rushed. They are now just waiting on the ambulance to arrive.— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) October 3, 2020
Portland police came out to provide medical attention they said. A bunch of officers came out including this one wearing one of the squeaky pigs the cops have been collecting from protesters. pic.twitter.com/wXcpBj9vEo— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) October 3, 2020
Portland Police came out again to clear the scene to respond to an injured person. The patient was treated & taken to hospital by volunteer medics. The crowd is agitated. #PortlandProtests #PDXProtests #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/zuQiG8brTX— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) October 3, 2020
A medic describes the incident pic.twitter.com/dvrswAzRNE— Mathieu Lewis-Rolland (@MathieuLRolland) October 3, 2020
Fvck the pigs took @Bearcubluv in to their building. I didnt see it but people are saying she was not conscious. She is a PDX AfroIndigenous activist who.has been out here for months.— Cozca Itzpapalotl (@KohzKah) October 3, 2020
The protester that was hit and dragged by the motorcycle is a PDX Black activist,Teal (sp?)
This was before I knew they were going for @Bearcubluv there were so many medics I couldn't see. I might say something silly. pic.twitter.com/x5XnMmbHvY— Cozca Itzpapalotl (@KohzKah) October 3, 2020
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