Portland's George Floyd protests mark one week of unrest
When will it end?
Protests are expected to continue Thursday evening, June 4 — the one week anniversary since demonstrations over the death of George Floyd began in downtown Portland.
Depending on who's counting, it's either the seventh or eighth day of protest, as a small-scale occupation of the Justice Center first occurred on Thursday, June 28, but the night saw only one arrest and generated few headlines. Massive gatherings began the next night, culminating in widespread looting and a brief intrusion into the justice center on Friday.
While what will happen tonight is unknown, authorities say they've identified a pattern of peaceful daytime protests — and a lingering minority who are determined to do battle against the system.
"After hours of peaceful demonstrations and when the majority goes home, there remains people who want to commit criminal acts," authorities tweeted around 2 a.m. on June 4. "We have had several fires, projectiles, including fireworks and mortars, thrown at officers and now this fire."
On June 3, rallygoers once again gathered near Revolution Hall for a march across the Morrison Bridge to Waterfront Park, while others gathered at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Around 9:20 p.m., thousands moved to Southwest 3rd Avenue at Jefferson Street, where crowds lined up around a much-reduced in size police barricade guarding the justice center and federal courthouse. Police said the demonstration was kept calm by self-policing activists until around 2 a.m.
At that time, a large dumpster, books and newspaper boxes were set alight at Southwest 2nd Avenue between Main and Salmon streets, and windows were broken. Officers arrived a half hour later, after a security guard was allegedly struck by an "agitator," according to a news release.
"Officers created a safety barrier for the security officer to get the medical attention he needed. When officers were leaving from creating the safety barrier, a PPB officer was hit in the jaw with a full can beer, by one of the agitators. The officer received medical treatment."
Police declared a civil disturbance at 3 a.m., citing further fires and vandalism. Multiple arrest were made and police said they towed two vehicles, one apparently stopped after it was allegedly involved in a previous night's incident where it nearly struck officers.
"The Portland Police Bureau continues to have dialog with the demonstration organizers to facilitate safety for all and to allow for the exercise of First Amendment Rights," said Police Chief Jami Resch. "This speaks to the testament of the thousands of participants and sends a powerful message. I greatly appreciate the community for expressing themselves while respecting others."
"We have witnessed a pattern of behavior in the past several days where select agitators remain and target the police, engage in crimes, and cause disorder. We will continue our efforts to identify, arrest, and hold responsible those who engage in crimes in our City."
More arrests announced:
Portland Police Bureau announced the arrest of 11 adults during the protest that began Tuesday, June 2, as well as the detaining of three juveniles. One person was cited, and one was detained and released.
• Quinn Molloy, 24, on charges of Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer
• Jerett Barnhouse, 36, on charges of Riot, Disorderly Conduct II, Harassment
• James Davidson, 28, on charges of Theft II, Criminal Mischief II (three counts), Unlawful Entry of a Motor Vehicle (three counts)
• Hollis McClure, 37, on charges of Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resist Arrest
• Gregory Samson, 65, on charges of Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Harassment
• Emery Loya, 21, on charges of Disorderly Conduct II
• Raistlin Dragoo, 25, on charges of Riot, Disorderly Conduct II
• Ezekiel Cox, 22, on charges of Disorderly Conduct II
• Kaitlyn Callahan, 22, on charges of Disorderly Conduct II, and Interfering with a Peace Officer
• Bryan Sanchez, 32, on charges of Disorderly Conduct, Interfering with a Peace Officer
• Daniel Kellenberger, 33, on charges of Disorderly Conduct II, Criminal Mischief II, Riot, Interfering with a Peace Officer
Here are a few tweets from the June 3 protest:
Iâ€™m starting to work on images for next weekâ€™s @ThePortlandTrib print edition, beginning with yesterdayâ€™s #georgefloyd demonstration. Once again, thousands upon thousands marched across the river, forming a seemingly never-ending column of protest. pic.twitter.com/O7rXAhLa16— jonathan house (@jonhouse_) June 4, 2020
Jonathan Langvin, 28, says he was hit last night by a bean bag round last night from a few feet away, asking for an officerâ€™s badge number. pic.twitter.com/mirlzwThwY— Rebecca Ellis (@Rjaellis) June 4, 2020
A donut â€œpeace offeringâ€ through the fence line, accepted by the â¦@PortlandPoliceâ© liaison officer? With style points??Only in Portland!!#PortlandProtests â¦@fox12oregonâ© pic.twitter.com/h6In9bUgRQ— Pete Ferryman (@PeteFerryman) June 4, 2020
Portland: if anyone is wondering why we arenâ€™t tweeting anything, itâ€™s because PPB and BOEC have moved all dispatch channels (Central, East and North) to encrypted tactical channels. No material means no tweeting. Sorry for the inconvenience. Stay safe everyone.— Portland OR Alerts (@pdxalerts) June 4, 2020
TriMet has not planned to halt service on Thursday, though officials say bus and MAX service will likely be impacted as thousands of people move across the city.
"We may need to make adjustments that could include suspending service in Downtown Portland for the safety of our riders, employees and those on the streets demonstrating peacefully," said spokesman Tyler Graf. "These adjustments may come with little to no warning."
As with previous nights, Portland Streetcar service will close early at 8 p.m.
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