Protesters target Multnomah County Sheriff's Office again
Another Multnomah County facility has become the target of nightly protests that end with violence and arrests.
For the second time in three nights, Portland police have declared an unlawful assembly and dispersed protesters outside a building used by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office at Southeast 47th Avenue and East Burnside Street.
Meanwhile, protesters have largely left the downtown Multnomah County Justice Center unharmed since focusing their attention on the adjacent U.S. Courthouse several weeks ago. Protests in the area have been peaceful since the Oregon State Police took over the security of the courthouse from federal officers.
According to police, hundreds of protesters blocked the street outside the Penumbra Kelly Building at 4735 E. Burnside St. on Monday night. At 10:28 p.m., a house fire was reported near East Burnside Street and Southeast 57th Avenue. The Portland Fire Bureau had to reroute its responders around the blocked streets.
At about 11:30 p.m., members of the crowd entered the property and officers made an arrest. The officers making the arrest said they had numerous items thrown at them.
At 11:46 p.m., the gathering was declared an unlawful assembly. After numerous instructions over a loudspeaker, officers moved the crowd to the east. During the dispersal, the officers had paint balloons and other objects thrown at them. One officer was punched, another was injured in the arm by a protester swinging a stick or baton, and another arrest was made, police said.
Zachary Perry, 23, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass, while 27-year-old Travis Hessel faces a charge of assaulting a public safety officer.
Some members of the crowd returned to the street outside the building and continued yelling at officers and flashing lights at them until about 1:30 a.m. when they left the area.
The events unfolded along the lines of a similar protest outside the building Saturday night.
The building is owned by the city of Portland. It once housed the police bureau's East Precinct.
Earlier Monday evening, residents of the Rose Villa Senior Living Community near Milwaukie led a demonstration in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. It's something they have done every week since the beginning of July. About 50 residents stood on the sidewalk and waved signs, and drivers honked as they rode by.
"Some of the people here have reminded me they've been protesting for 50 years. We are out here to have a voice," said Rose Villa resident Jerry Corn. "We've all seen evidence of people disregarding other people just because they have a different skin color. It isn't the right thing to do, it's not moral, it's not right."
In Portland, clergy and religious leaders with the Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance gathered at Salmon Street Springs. Many have witnessed the protests outside the Justice Center and the federal courthouse.
"We are here to witness. We are not demonstrators, we are not protesters, we are here to witness and support and to insist that everyone crying out for justice deserves to be heard," said Rabbi Ariel Stone of the Interfaith Clergy. "Everyone crying out for justice deserves respect."
Meanwhile, across the street Black artists and artists of color created a mural on the board that covered the Portland World Trade Center.
"Instead of having these blank canvases that might be covered in unfriendly messages, we have taken the opportunity here to take back public spaces and give ourselves a voice," said artist Amaranta Colindres.
KOIN News 6 is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story. Their story can be found here.
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