Arrests made at protest following protests
An unlawful assembly was declared shortly before midnight Saturday, Sept. 26, after about 100 people mostly clad in black gathered near the Justice Center in downtown Portland following a right-wing rally and multiple left-wing and Black Lives Matter counter-rallies held across the city earlier in the day. Within two hours, the crowd size more than doubled.
The incident was still under the Unified Command of Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office authorized by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for the previous protests.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office warned demonstrators in the area to stay out of the street and on the sidewalk Saturday night via Twitter or they may be subject to "arrest, citation, or the use of crowd control agents including, but not limited to, impact weapons and/or tear gas." Authorities also said people had set fires.
After an unlawful assembly was declared just before midnight, law enforcement warned protesters to leave to the north and to the west.
Around 9:15 p.m. law enforcement officers arrived at the scene and started clearing demonstrators out of the street. Over a loudspeaker, an officer said projectiles had been thrown and failure to stop could result in the use of tear gas or impact weapons.
Demonstrators continued to chant phrases like, "No justice, no peace." A firework was set off and the warnings from law enforcement continued.
While making arrests and ticketing illegally parked vehicles, projectiles were thrown at officers including full beverages cans, firecrackers and rocks. At one point, an officer was attempting to load an arrested person into a transport van when another arrested person, Michael Colten, forced his way out. He ran while still restrained in zip-ties for about two blocks before he was recaptured by officers.
At 10:29 p.m., officers stopped a vehicle associated with the demonstration in the area of Southwest First Avenue and Southwest Jefferson Street. A drone was seized from inside the vehicle.
Officers provided security during the traffic stop. As they began to disengage, many of the demonstrators moved back out into the lanes of travel. Officers again cleared the street. As they did this, officers were targeted by high velocity objects believed to be ball bearings launched from slingshots. These projectiles had the potential to cause serious injury.
Around 10:30 p.m. the sheriff's office issued an update from the Unified Command and said more than a dozen people had been arrested at the demonstration downtown.
KOIN News 6 is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Their story can be found here.
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