Two arrested during City Hall protests
Police arrested two people during a protest at City Hall on Wednesday morning.
The protesters came to the first City Council meeting following confrontations between demonstrators and the police in downtown Portland on Saturday.
Diane Keeauver, 67, was charged with trespass in the second degree. The other person was not immediately identified and was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail as "John Doe" on a charge of trespass in the second degree.
Police say two security guards were assaulted during the Thursday morning confrontation. Neither required hospitalization.
The council left the Council Chambers when the protests began and continued meeting in another room.
According to police, at approximately 11 a.m. on Aug. 8, 2018, Central Precinct officers responded to City Hall, located at 1221 Southwest 4th Avenuecouncil rules and refused to leave when directed to so by security staff.
When officers arrived, they contacted security officers, who said that protesters on the third floor of were told to leave the premises, but refused to leave. When the officers arrived at the third floor, they observed a group of protesters with two people lying on the ground.
Police told the protesters they were trespasseing in the building, and that if they refused to leave, they would be arrested. The protesters that were lying on the floor did not leave and they were taken into custody without incident.
Security guards also requested police officers respond to the main level of City Hall. The goard instructed protesters there and near the east entrance of the building to exit the facility. As protesters were directed out of the building, two guards were assaulted. One protester was seen throwing a glass jar to the ground as the group was directed out of City Hall.
Officers were not able to take the suspect who reportedly assaulted the guards into custody at the time, and no arrests were immediately made in connection with the assaults.
Officers were also contacted and will write a report after a protester reported being "elbowed" by a security officer.
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