3 arrested after downtown Portland protest

Protest slows traffic and ends in arrests

PORTLAND, Ore. – Three protesters were arrested after hundreds of demonstrators blocked streets and marched through downtown Portland Friday afternoon. 

Portland police at 4 p.m. tweeted some demonstrators near Southwest 6th Avenue and Main Street were throwing objects at officers. The road was closed in the area at the time and TriMet announced MAX and bus lines were delayed during the protest.

The protest was connected to a national prison work strike against prison slavery and white supremacy, according to a post on Facebook.

The protesters began marching at around 5 p.m. They took over an AT&T store for about 20 minutes at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Yamhill Street before resuming the march to the Justice Center at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Main Street. 

Officers said there were reports of threats, intimidation and damage to cars throughout the march.

Police cleared protesters off Southwest 3rd Avenue at around 6 p.m. Officers repeatedly told protesters over a bullhorn that if they walked on the road, they would be arrested but several people remained on the street.

At around 6:30 p.m., officers charged across the street to force those demonstrators off the road. Three people were arrested at that time. Pepper spray was deployed when one of the protesters was arrested, police said.

One protester, 27-year-old James Mathew Mattox, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of second-degree criminal mischief, interfering with a peace officer and harassment.

Two other men were given criminal citations on various charges including disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.

Police then opened Southwest 3rd Avenue to traffic again shortly after the arrests and protesters began dispersing after 7 p.m.


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