Police: 911 calls on hold during protest
Police say over 60 calls to 911 were placed on hold overnight while many officers were deployed at a lengthy protest in Southeast Portland.
Additional officers also were involved in an overnight standoff with a burglary suspect accused of threatening multiple people and police officers with a knife. He had barricaded himself in a remote part of Forest Park.
According to police, the 911 calls ranged from theft, vandalism, suspicious activity, hazards, hit and run, burglary, violation of restraining order, alarms, stolen cars, harassment and many others.
Some remained on hold for the length of the protest, police said. It began at about 9:10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, when a crowd marched from Laurelhurst Park to the Penumbra Kelly Building in the 4700 block of East Burnside Street. The building houses facilities for both the Portland Police Bureau and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
The disturbance included multiple confrontations between protesters and officers. Objects were hurled at officers and an unknown number of protesters were arrested. Police vehicles were damaged. KOIN News 6 reports police declared a riot around midnight and temporarily dispersed the protesters, some of whom returned.
According to police, Portland Fire & Rescue treated two PPB members injured by rocks thrown by individuals in the crowd. Both of them went to the hospital for further treatment. One of the rocks weighed 9.5 pounds and was thrown by a person in a group of people wearing "press" as the officer prepared to ride away on a truck.
Protesters were still lingering in the area at 2:30 a,m., police said.
The Forest Park suspect was apprehended around 6 a.m.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story. Their story with video is here.
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