9 Arrested During Portland Demonstration


Portland Police were pelted with golf balls and ball bearings during last night's demonstration where nine people were arrested.

The demonstration centered around the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct.

Demonstrators also used strobe lights to make it difficult for officers to see.

At 11:06 p.m., due to the criminal activity, PPB declared an unlawful assembly. The order was given over loudspeaker to leave the area to the north. The gathering was warned that failure to adhere to this order may result in to arrest, citation, or crowd control agents, including, but not limited to, tear gas and/or impact weapons. Those that were not interested in a confrontation were given an opportunity to leave. Officers then began to physically move the crowd. The crowd began to move, but some individuals interfered with officers and were arrested. While one suspect was being processed, he kicked an Oregon State Police trooper and two Portland Police detectives.

Reports came in of other attacks on officers. One officer was struck in the face by a ball bearing. The officer's face shield protected him from what would have likely been a very serious injury. Another officer had an arm injury (hyperextended elbow) during a scuffle and she was treated and released from a hospital. Officers had golf balls, rocks, and potatoes launched at them.

An Oregon State Police Trooper lost his body camera during the movement. A community member reached out and returned it to a supervisor.

Officers continued to move the crowd away from North Precinct. Some returned, more objects were thrown at officers, and more arrests were made. By about 2:00 a.m., most of the crowd had dissipated.