Three arrested during climate strike in downtown Portland
Three people were arrested Friday during a climate strike that was otherwise characterized by police as a peaceful protest.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, the student-led climate march yielded three arrests.
One person — whom police identified only as "Jake" — is said to have vandalized the Hawthorne Bridge. He was arrested, but fought with officers during the arrest, PPB said. Officers used pepper spray to carry out the arrest. Police found several weapons and vandalism tools in his backpack. Two 17-year-olds were arrested for disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officers, but were later released to "responsible adults," police said Friday afternoon.
No injuries were reported in the massive climate strike that saw students from throughout Portland and the metro area rally Friday, Sept. 20, in downtown, to protest inaction against climate change.
Police closed streets around Portland City Hall, Terry Schrunk Plaza (Southeast Third and Madison) and OMSI. Thousands of students crossed the Hawthorne Bridge around noon Friday.
Journalists Jim Redden, Joseph Gallivan, Jaime Valdez and Dana Haynes contributed to this article.
This story has been updated with new information.
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