3 arrested during OHSU prison labor protest
Three people have been arrested after police say they blocked traffic in the South Waterfront during a protest against the use of prison labor by Oregon Health & Science University.
The OHSU Center for Health and Healing and the Collaborative Life Sciences Building were placed on lockdown procedures after protesters allegedly blocked an entrance near Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 S.W. Moody Avenue, according to a news release.
Video accounts show protesters yelling while police appear to arrest at least one person and deploy pepper spray.
Police say they used loundspeakers to order the crowd out of the street and onto the sidewalk — and that one officer was hit by a thrown water bottle during the tumult.
Here's a list of who was arrested:
• Jacob Alejandro Bureros, 31, was charged with harassment for an incident that occurred on June 3.
• Sherry Motamedi, 43, was charged with resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer and second-degree disorderly conduct.
• Zoe Rebekah McLain, 21, was charged with resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer and second-degree disorderly conduct.
All three were booked and immediately released, according to jail records.
The protest was against OHSU's use of a state labor service known as Oregon Corrections Enterprises, which is contracted by the hospital for industrial laundry services to clean scrubs and sheets.
"We are calling on OHSU to immediately sever ties with OCE and end their funding of prison slavery," organizers of the protest wrote on social media. "This toxic relationship was kept under wraps by both parties, but you can only hide your dirty laundry for so long."