Federal officer hit with hammer, arrests made at protest
Portland police arrested a suspect Friday night who struck a federal officer in the head and shoulder with a hammer during a clash at the downtown Federdal Courthouse.
According to the police, the incident began after federal officers guarding the nearby Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building reported people attempting to break down a door into the building with the hammer.
Police also reported apprehending two suspects accused of pointing lasers into the eyes of federal officers. Pepper spray and CS gas was deployed to disperse the crowd, police said.
The reported criminal activity follows a largely peaceful day of protesting in the greater Portland area. Earlier in the evening, a few hundred people gathered at Roosevelt High School for a march through the St. Johns neighborhood.
Youths, educators lead Portland Black Lives Matter protest
The event was touted as "The Last Generation Protest," according to the website PDX Black Lives Matter Events. The event was led by Black students and North Portland educators and centered around being the last generation to bear the weight of systemic racial oppression.
"We were organized by a large group of young people, specifically Black young people," protest organizer Taji Chestimet, 18, told KOIN 6 News. Partnering organizations included Fridays for Freedom, Don't Shoot PDX and Snack Bloc, he added.
"We all put this together in order to talk about how we're going to be the last generation to really face the repercussions of racial oppression in this country. We're talking about education and reinvesting in our communities and I think that's an essential forefront topic that should be in the conversation," Chesimet said.
Asukulu Songolo, 17, and Amira Tripp Folsom, 18, were some of the other co-organizers of the event.
Demonstrators young and old chanted slogans like "fund our schools, not the police" and carried signs as they marched to James John Elementary School. They stopped and listened to speeches, stories and spoken word poems at the school.
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