Protesters visit Commissioner Dan Ryan's home late at night
Protesters had a plan Tuesday night: avoid police officers and then surprise a Portland city commissioner.
That commissioner was Dan Ryan, a swing vote in a coming fight over future budgeting for the Portland Police Bureau. Last week, city commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty revealed a plan that would reallocate $18 million from police funding. Hardesty's plan has received support from Commissioner Chloe Eudaly but is unlikely to get support from Mayor Ted Wheeler or Commissioner Amanda Fritz.
That means Ryan could be the deciding vote at Wednesday's budget hearing.
And so, just before 11 p.m. Tuesday night, dozens of protesters set off from Arbor Lodge park in North Portland while a separate demonstration was taking place a few miles away outside the police bureau's north precinct building.
Protesters walked silently and had planned to start chanting only once they arrived at Ryan's home, allowing the demonstration a few miles away to draw police attention.
Once at Ryan's home, the group chanted "defund PPB" and "Dan Ryan don't be a villain, defund PPB by $18 million."
Ryan came out of his home and said he would listen to the protesters' concerns. The group sat in a semicircle near the home and took turns telling the commissioner their stories of police brutality after 134 nights of demonstrations. Ryan stood in his front lawn, listening for almost an hour.
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