The District Attorney in Kenosha, Wisconsin announced today that no charges would be brought against the police officer who shot and permanently paralyzed Jacob Blake in front of his children. In response, Portland held a protest in solidarity with Kenosha. This demonstration began at Peninsula Park, the location from which protesters marched to the Portland Police North Precinct. The 100 or so protesters stood outside the precinct chanting, and a small shield line endeavored to slowly move their way up the North Precinct driveway.
The initial appearance of police in front of the precinct was prompted by protesters moving a fence that was around the building, which officers came out to readjust. Officers then came out two more times during the demonstration and conducted targeted arrests, including at least two members of press, and assaulted protesters and press alike. After a night of being chased, arrested, and assaulted by riot officers, but few to no munitions deployed, the demonstration ended by around midnight.
Protesters gather at Peninsula Park for a demonstration in solidarity with Kenosha after the announcement today that the officer who shot and paralyzed Jacob Blake would not face charges.
Currently marching in solidarity with Kenosha at the Justice for Jacob Blake demonstration. Jacob Blake was shot in the back 7 times in front of his own children, the officers who shot him got away with no chargers and Blake is now paralyzed from the waist down.— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 6, 2021
Protesters arrive in front of the Portland Police North Precinct just before 9:30 pm.
Crowds have just arrived in front of the North Precinct in NE Portland. There are about 75-100 people gathered to protest racist police brutality. #PortlandProtest #PDXProtest #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/e2hwT5IWWS— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) January 6, 2021
Crowd just arrived at the north precinct. An officer in one of the police vehicles made an announcement over their speaker that no one could hear, someone shouted “bring dj lrad back!” pic.twitter.com/nHyAr47fPP— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 6, 2021
There are about a 100 protesters in front of the North Portland Police precinct chanting “Say his name! Jacob Blake!”— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) January 6, 2021
They’re protesting tonight because no charges were brought against the police officer who, in August, shot and gravely wounded Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
A few more announcements were made even though nothing has happened except for chanting so far, police seem to have called for backup that arrived but they are all still behind the police vehicles— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 6, 2021
Our first dumpster fire of 2021 pic.twitter.com/M1EGEQEoiq— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 6, 2021
Portland ? Kenosha pic.twitter.com/AwoSAwbPg0— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 6, 2021
Protesters behind the umbrella shield wall moved forwards briefly. Portland Police warned crowds to stay off the North Precinct property. Protesters have since moved back. #PortlandProtest #PDXProtest #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/M66Net7PY4— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) January 6, 2021
So far protesters are just standing in the middle of MLK and chanting “Black Lives Matter!”— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) January 6, 2021
Someone threw a small rock onto the roof of the Boys and Girls Club and another protester stopped them.
*FLASH WARNING: The footage below contains a rapidly flashing light.*
Video Description: A group of approximately 13 officers wearing riot gear move a metal fence back into place after it was moved by protesters. Off-screen, protesters can be heard shouting profanities at the officers
Portland police put the fence back in place after activists used it as a blockade. This is the second time they’ve moved it and the cops put it back lol pic.twitter.com/G4pomPaJXf— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 6, 2021
Sorry, “an attempt to dismantle fencing” ?? dj lrad smol mad.— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 6, 2021
Ok dj lrad big mad. “Do not touch the fence” ?— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 6, 2021
Activists are blocking NE Killingsworth now. They found some officers and messed with a fence.— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) January 6, 2021
PPB’s loudspeaker truck warned protesters to stay off PPB property and to leave the fence alone.
PPB moved in on foot and in a riot van. No arrests were made and they have since retreated back behind the fence. pic.twitter.com/XzYtxt6gAP— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 6, 2021
Upon emerging from the precinct a second time, Portland Police conduct several arrests including one individual marked clearly as press.
Portland police rushed out. Two arrests were made one was a member of the press pic.twitter.com/fmwM59M57v— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 6, 2021
Portland Police has just exited the building and conducted targeted arrests. At least one person with cameras and Press markings have been arrested. Officers say the charge is trespassing. #PortlandProtest #PDXProtest #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/2cZNn1yxpu— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) January 6, 2021
One person arrested tonight at the North Precinct by Portland Police is Portland based photographer @baaascom. He was carrying camera equipment & wore clear Press indica at the time of his arrest. #PortlandProtest #PDXProtest #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/wCRPV9DQFg— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) January 6, 2021
Portland Police has arrested a streamer shortly after. When told that the arrested is Press, the arresting officer responds: "You are not Press." #PortlandProtest #PDXProtest #BlackLivesMatter— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) January 6, 2021
An officer grabs and smashes the camera of Dr. Juniper Simonis, researcher and member of the press, continuing their trend of assaulting/arresting press tonight.
cops smashed @JuniperLSimonis camera tonight. pic.twitter.com/1TddO9leqs— hiicourts (@hiicourts) January 6, 2021
Also here is what I captured of the two officers who assaulted @JuniperLSimonis while they were working. #PdxProtest #Pdx— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) January 6, 2021
ID: camera shows riot cops clearing objects from the road when one officers storms over and knocks Juniper’s phone from their hands. Another threatens mace. pic.twitter.com/or4nm9658E
Firefighters came in to help PPB put out the dumpster fires pic.twitter.com/FbmBLMRzTO— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 6, 2021
The demonstration comes to an end by midnight.
Out of there safely. No one else was arrested afaik. What a messed up night. Hope everyone made it safely— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 6, 2021
Sean Bascom, the journalist arrested in Justin Yau’s footage above, marks that he is out of police custody less than an hour after being detained.
I am out and okay. https://t.co/XvzcaPq3gD— Sean Bascom (@baaascom) January 6, 2021
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- Suzette Smith
Portland Police Bureau
- Interfering with a Peace Officer
- Disorderly Conduct II
- Attempt Criminal Mischief II