Three protests in Portland remain peaceful Thursday night
The protests in different parts of Portland remained peaceful Thursday night.
The events took place hours after the Oregon State Police announced they no longer would provide security because Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt is not prosecuting most of those who have been previously arrested.
According to police, on the night of Aug. 13, three separate groups protested in Portland. One group gathered in North Portland for several hours. This group rallied and marched through the neighborhoods, blocking vehicular traffic.
A second group gathered at Jamison Square in Northwest Portland. This group rallied and had different speakers for several hours.
Both of these groups dispersed by 10:30 p.m.
A third group came together in and around Chapman Square and Lownsdale Square Parks in downtown Portland. The gathering spilled out into the streets surrounding the parks. The group blocked vehicular traffic for several hours on Southwest Third Avenue at Main Street. By midnight, the majority of the crowd left the area.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown had ordered State Police to protect the downtown Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse after protesters repeatedly clashed with federal officers there, in exchange for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security removing those troops. In a statement released Thursday afternoon, OPS said, "The Oregon State Police is continually reassessing our resources and the needs of our partner agencies and at this time we are inclined to move those resources back to counties where prosecution of criminal conduct is still a priority."
Their decision came two days after Schmidt said his office would only prosecute the most serious crimes committed by protesters.
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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