Portland Police Continue to Tangle with Protesters and Media (Video)


by Roman Mendoza

August 25 was the 90th consecutive day of protests in Portland. This group marched from Shemanski Park to Portland City Hall. Within 10 minutes of reaching city hall, the Portland Police Bureau declared a riot, despite no visible signs of criminal activity. A few minutes later they bull-rushed the protesters and made at least four arrests, using shields as they targeted those protesters.

Throughout the night I was accosted by police as I attempted to record more arrests. Police physically moved me twice. I was not interfering with their work, but they approached me while I was recording. They also refused to identify themselves by badge or name, or to point me to a commanding or ranking officer.

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3 thoughts on “Portland Police Continue to Tangle with Protesters and Media (Video)”

  1. Keith Olsen

    Here’s another account of what happened on the night of Aug. 25 in Portland:

    Rioters in Portland tried to set city hall on fire Tuesday during another chaotic night that resulted in the arrest of nearly two dozen people.
    A crowd of about 150 people gathered at Shemanski Park around 9:30 p.m. and set off on a march to city hall — where they were met by police, Fox 12 Oregon reported.
    The unruly mob chucked eggs and bottles at police officers, while smashing windows and spray-painting the building. An unlawful assembly was declared, with police urging the crowd via loudspeaker to disperse or face arrest.
    Some rioters pointed green lasers at officers’ eyes, police said in a press release. Meanwhile, a blue laser was shone into the eyes of another officer three times.
    Twenty-three people were arrested — including one for burglary who had the word “Press” affixed to their clothes. Two juveniles were detained.


    1. Eric Gelber

      I do not condone the violence and property destruction of some individuals during the Portland protests. I also do not condone the complete ignoring of police harassment of vocal but peaceful protesters, as exemplified by your comment and Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post article you cite.

  2. Alan Miller

    As I have said before, I consider the use of lasers to be acts of terrorism and should be on the same level as releasing chemical weapons.  I hope the find and crush those using such weapons, lest this spreads throughout the country as our niche-modern 2nd civil war further expands.

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