PORTLAND – A crowd of angry protesters confronted a group of police early Tuesday morning in downtown Portland, leading to multiple arrests, according to a witness who caught the scene on camera.
The witness, Tommy Hough, was driving by Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Madison Street around 1 a.m. Tuesday when he saw the crowd of protesters yelling at police officers.
Hough said a man from the crowd was led away by officers, which caused the crowd to become more aggressive.
He said police then handcuffed a few other protesters.
“I heard a woman wailing and screaming. I pulled up to the front of the bureau on 2nd and saw two policemen on 3rd street, holding a woman crying and screaming and barely resisting arrest, who they then dropped to the pavement like a rag doll,” Hough said. “I couldn't believe my eyes.”
Hough said he then saw the officers drape the woman across a parked car.
According to police, the group had been setting up tents outside Terry Schrunk Plaza when officers asked them to leave.
When offers attempted to cite camper Andrew Bennet, 29, for jaywalking, the group of campers became rowdy, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland police.
Ashley Franzen, 19, took a swing at an officer but missed, Simpson said.
Both campers were arrested and taken into custody. Franzen was charged with attempted assault on an officer. Bennet was charged with giving false information to police.
Shortly after, a security guard said about a dozen people showed up to the Portland police station downtown and started banging on the doors with their fists and chains.
Alexandra Bannet, 24, kicked the station's door, causing minor injury to an officer, Simpson said. She was arrested on multiple counts, including assaulting an officer and disorderly conduct.
Jessie Angel, 49, was arrested for swinging a chain during the disturbance.
All four people arrested were taken to the Multnomah County Jail.
Police said they had extra backup officers on hand in case the situation continued to escalate Tuesday.