PORTLAND - Portland police arrested two juveniles after several fights broke out at Last Thursday on Northeast Alberta Street.
Citing an increase in problems at the July event, the force was beefed up to 32 officers, three sergeants, and one lieutenant.
During one of the fights, a 5-year-old girl was pushed to the ground by fleeing suspects and got a bloody nose.
While officers were re-opening NE Alberta to traffic around 10 p.m., a crowd of juveniles began fighting at NE 21st Avenue and Alberta.
In all, at least 10 fights were reported. The two unidentified juveniles were cited for disorderly conduct.
“We need to close the event down an half-hour earlier, because it’s that critical half-hour when people go from drinking and being cooperative to being combative,” Donald Wear with Friends of Last Thursday said.
Portland Sergeant Pete Simpson called the act of having 50 police officers there “unacceptable.”