Around 75 people joined Saturday night’s protest in Northeast Portland and marched their way to North Precinct, a building which has been at the center of numerous protests that have devolved into arson and violence.
The 75 protesters on Saturday night were nearly all dressed in armor and helmets, with many even carrying shields. They blocked public roadways as they marched.
Police noted in their public statement about the night’s events that, in the past, “officers have attempted to deescalate by staying far back, and not intervening when streets were blocked by crowds. That strategy has not been successful in preventing violence from individuals in the crowd who are intent on forcing officers to respond.”
The failure of this previous ‘strategy’ mixed with “information that the gathering was a planned ‘direct action’ event” drove police to intervene earlier than they normally would, with videos showing them forcing some protesters to the ground to arrest them. A total of 26 people were ultimately arrested for charges such as disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.
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Police in Portland aren’t messing around anymore. They arrested almost every one of these Antifa militants clustered together instead of letting them go like they normally do. pic.twitter.com/VVF3OauSub
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 11, 2020
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 11, 2020
The protest lasted minutes. Police arrested most of the demonstrators. pic.twitter.com/qshBYKXs81
— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) October 11, 2020
Critics on social media have responded to the footage by blasting police officers for acting too aggressively and too early in the matter.
“This was completely unprovoked I am too upset for words right now,” independent journalist Alissa Azar tweeted in response to footage of police arresting protesters.
This was completely unprovoked I am too upset for words right now pic.twitter.com/dgoxNxJgf5
— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) October 11, 2020
This footage may show you why we keep saying Abolish The Police.
— Anonymous🍏 (@YourAnonNews) October 11, 2020
Protesting the police is a crime in Portland now. This is Ted Wheeler's Portland. https://t.co/DURxS9iv4v
— Zakir Khan (@Muzzakh) October 11, 2020
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