Portland Police Summary of Demonstrations on August 17th, 2019
Story by by Oregon Herald staff
PPB's primary goals for the events were to keep everyone safe, including demonstrators, Portlanders, visitors, and officers and to facilitate everyone's ability to exercise their Constitutional rights of free speech and assembly.
PPB used every available officer today to achieve these goals, and called upon a number of local, state and federal partners to help.
Demonstrators began to arrive downtown at approximately 8:30 a.m. Almost immediately, officers started seizing weapons. Weapons seized included chemical spray (bear spray), metal and wooden poles, knives, shields, and a stun gun.(PHOTO)
Overall, there were an estimated 1,200 demonstrators at the peak of the protests. The law enforcement teams spent many hours monitoring the various groups as they gathered, splintered, re-formed, moved throughout the downtown core and back and forth across multiple bridges to the eastside of the Willamette River.
The disruptions were held to a very small area of downtown Portland in the vicinity of Waterfront Park, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and along the eastside of the Willamette River. Maps of the portion of Portland that was impacted are attached to this release.
This operation was complicated by a number of factors -- the geographic spread of the protests, the number of hours over which it developed, the fact that four different bridges were affected, and the purposeful conduct of participants.
Officers made 13 arrests, including 11 adults and 2 juveniles. This information is still being compiled and will be released in a separate press release tomorrow.
At this time, we know of six force events involving officers. There was one instance where an officer deployed pepper balls. The other instances involved take-downs or control against resistance.
Six individuals with minor injuries related to the demonstration were treated by Portland Fire medics. These injuries were not caused by officers. Of these six, one individual was transported to a local hospital. There was a seventh person who received medical attention for an unrelated medical issue.
About 4:15 p.m., the incident commander declared a civil disturbance in the area of Southwest Park Avenue and Southwest Yamhill Street and orders to disperse were given. By 6:30 p.m., the demonstrators had left the area and police were demobilized.
A media briefing was held and a video and transcripts of the briefing can be located at this link: https://youtu.be/QeG0BBvcJ_I
A series of videos and transcripts were produced throughout the event and can be located at this link: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/79664
Officers and detectives will be spending the hours and days ahead writing reports, conducting interviews and pursuing investigations. We know there is the possibility that assaults or other crimes occurred outside of the view of officers.
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"I extend my sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the PPB and all outside partners who worked together to accomplish today's objectives," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "Today was a long, arduous day. There is more work to be done, however, as we continue our investigations into today's incidents. Our law enforcement officers are human beings and this work can take its toll over time. Yet, and still, our members continue to do their jobs with professionalism and compassion. I am extremely proud of the work that was done today."