Demonstrators Topple Jefferson Statue

Photo: KATU

Several demonstrations were held in Portland on Sunday.

Several thousand people gathered at Jefferson High School and marched to Alberta park where they rallied for several hours.

After the group left the school, a statue of Thomas Jefferson was torn down. The words "slave owner" were spray painted on the base of the statue. Jefferson owned around 600 slaves.

At about 7:15 p.m. a group of motorcycle riders shut down Interstate 405 southbound on the upper deck of the Fremont Bridge. The group dispersed on their own after a brief time.

Portland Police say, at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Main Street a group of more than a hundred gathered behind the fenced area near the Justice Center. The group threw projectiles over the fence including glass bottles, and climbed on the fence. A person came through the opening of the fence and remained. Officers ordered the person to leave the enclosed area however the orders were not heeded. Officers took that person into custody shortly after 9:00 p.m.

While they were taking the person into custody, many projectiles were thrown at the officers and person in custody, including an incendiary device, which appeared to be a commercial grade firework. No one was injured.

Police declared a civil disturbance and the event was declared an unlawful assembly. Officers dispersed the group from the area. The crowd did not leave the boundaries of the closure placed into effect and gathered in several different areas of downtown blocking roadways. Officers attempted to disperse the groups and arrests were made. One of these splinter group gatherings was near the area of Southwest 10 Avenue and Taylor Street. More dispersal orders were given and some arrest were made. By 1 a.m., the downtown area was mostly cleared of demonstrators.

Over a dozen arrest were made over the course of the evening.

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