PORTLAND – One officer was injured by a projectile in the standoff between police and Occupy Portland protesters early Sunday morning.
Police in riot gear were standing face-to-face with protesters who were blocking 3rd Avenue in downtown Portland after the deadline passed for clearing out the Occupy Portland encampments when the injury occurred.
Witnesses said it appeared that something – possibly a bottle or a firecracker – was thrown at police and hit one officer in the leg. Police surrounded officer Curtis Brown and mounted patrols moved in quickly to protect him. Then, he was loaded onto a stretcher and taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Brown is now recovering at home.
"About the same time that Officer Brown was hit by a projectile, another Portland Police officer felt a projectile strike his helmet. The officer looked down at the item and saw that it was an open pocket knife, with an approximate 3-inch blade. The officer was not injured and no arrest was made in connection with the knife being thrown," Sgt. Pete Simpson said.
Meanwhile, the protesters themselves delivered the suspect to police, shoving him out of their crowd toward the line of officers. Suspect Cameron Scott Matta, 23, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer and harassment. He appeared to have a small head wound. (See mug shot photo top, right) Matta made bail Sunday morning.
The injured officer’s name has not been released but police said he was recovering after treatment at a local hospital and his injuries were not life-threatening.