PORTLAND – Several people in Portland, Oregon were arrested during protests against brutality against police that continued early Sunday, hours after the protests ended with few reports of violence.
The protests which began on Saturday evening were declared an illegal gathering and police began to force protesters out after objects were thrown at police officers, including full glass cans, firecrackers and stones, the police said. police.
Hundreds of people had gathered at protests in downtown Oregon’s largest city when the illegal gathering was announced just before midnight.
The footage showed protesters crowded in and around a park near the Mark O. Hatfield courthouse – the same courthouse that had been the scene of nighttime unrest over the summer. A protester was seen burning an American flag.
A video released by KOIN-TV showed officers warning that protesters throwing projectiles will be subject to arrest.
Several arrests were made, police said, but an exact number was not immediately available. A man walked away from the officers and ran two blocks with his hands tied to his wrists before being picked up by police. Police also seized bear spray, a baton and a drone during separate arrests or arrests.
Videos also showed police grabbing a press photographer and pushing him to the ground, as he tried to document them tackling and detaining a person on a sidewalk, The Oregonian / OregonLive reported. Freelance photographer John Rudoff wore a helmet with “PRESS” stickers affixed to it. He told the branch on Sunday that he was “physically fine, but I’m pretty bored”.
Another video online showed an officer apparently deploying chemical spray to the face of a man who was yelling at police and gesturing towards them. Police did not immediately respond to The Oregonian / OregonLive’s request for comment on either incident.
The crowd had dispersed widely by early Sunday morning, police said.
The unrest came just hours after a right-wing rally and counter-protesters dispersed widely without serious violence on Saturday afternoon. However, police were investigating an assault after a person documenting the event was pushed to the ground and kicked in the face.
Separately, police said a felony citation was released after officials confiscated firearms, paintball guns, baseball bats and shields from a pickup truck that was originally pulled over for obscuring the streets. license plates as she left the rally.
Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton and Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese praised the violence to be minimal in a joint statement on Saturday night.
“Our unified command has worked well to prevent violence before it starts,” Hampton said in the statement. “The police carried out a number of road checks and removed the weapons from the streets. ”
“On Saturday, the people of Oregon spoke out against hatred, racism and violence,” Reese said, adding that “the united command may have helped keep the peace.”
Several hundred people, including dozens wearing militarized bulletproof vests, gathered to support President Donald Trump and his “law and order” re-election campaign on Saturday afternoon. Attendance was well below the 10,000 organizers expected after tensions escalated across the country over the decision not to indict officers in Louisville, Ky., For killing Breonna Taylor.
Organized by the Proud Boys, a group that has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the rally has been described as a free speech event to support Trump and the police and to condemn anti-fascists and “violent gangs. of criminal riots ”in the streets.
Local and state officials condemned the event and rushed to bolster the ranks of law enforcement as left-wing groups staged several rallies to oppose the Proud Boys message. About 1,000 counter-demonstrators gathered in another park.
Events began at noon and were widely dispersed by 3 p.m.
The rally took place as Portland has seen protests almost every night since the police murder of George Floyd in late May.