First Portland protest held after police riot team disbands
Protesters gathered for their first rally since the Portland Police Bureau's Rapid Response Team disbanded on Thursday, June 17 — but there was little need for crowd control during the largely uneventful march.
After gathering at The Fields park in the Pearl District around 10 p.m., the small crowd of perhaps 20 chanted, walked in the street and tipped over a few A-frame boards, trash cans and newspaper boxes, though a person using a walker and a woman walking her dog righted many of the items after the group passed by.
"F--- Ted Wiener," the crowd chanted, referencing the city's mayor.
One squad car briefly cruised by the protesters but police were otherwise not visible. A gaggle of roughly 20 journalists and video streamers dawdled behind the protest group and nearly outnumbered them.
There was no immediate evidence of serious property damage, such as broken windows or graffiti, during the event.
The 50 members of the police bureau's Rapid Response Team had quit the voluntary assignment en masse earlier in this week in an apparent reaction to the decision of Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt to charge one RRT officer with fourth-degree assault for hitting a protester with a baton during a demonstration last year.
Acting Police Chief Chris Davis said the team members quit due to the assignment's stressful nature, however.
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