PORTLAND, Ore. — For several hours Tuesday night, a small group of people gathered in downtown Portland. Police said they blocked traffic and threw eggs and bottles at officers.
Portland police said they made 11 arrests and used crowd control munitions, but not tear gas, to clear the crowds after they refused to comply with orders over the loudspeaker.
Portland is now entering its 15th week of nightly protests since the killing of George Floyd.
Independent journalists at the protest posted video and reported that one man started shaking on the ground after he was arrested Tuesday night. According to social media posts, medics in the crowd rendered aid after getting permission from officers. The person was eventually loaded into an ambulance.
Police said the man was arrested for third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree disorderly conduct after he pushed over a portapotty and then tried to run away from police when they tried to take him into custody.
Once he was in custody, he started to throw up and convulse. Police say they removed the flex cuffs and medics began to render aid and an ambulance was called. The man's blood pressure and oxygen levels were normal, according to police. Once inside the ambulance, police said his vitals were checked again and both were normal.
The man was taken to the hospital and released 3 hours later, police said. He was booked and faces several charges, including an outstanding warrant, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal mischief.
The group first gathered at the site of the Saturday Market on Southwest Naito Parkway. At around 9:45 p.m., they marched about two blocks to the Transit Police Department Offices in the area of Northwest 1st Avenue and Davis Street.
Some people in the group stood in the street blocking traffic while others stood on the train tracks, stopping MAX trains from operating.
After about 15 minutes, police announced over the loudspeaker that people needed to get off the train tracks and stop blocking traffic or they could be arrested, cited or subject to tear gas, impact munitions and other crowd control agents.
Some in the group complied, police said, but others refused and threw eggs and water bottles at police. Officers made targeted arrests of those people.
At around 11 p.m., the group marched about a mile to the Justice Center on Southwest 3rd Avenue between Main Street and Madison Street. Members of the group blocked traffic and were again told by police over the loudspeaker to leave the area.
After about 20 minutes, the group marched about a block to City Hall on Southwest 5th Avenue between Madison Street and Jefferson Street. Again, they were told by police told them over the loudspeaker to stop blocking traffic. The crowd didn't comply.
Police closed the area of Southwest Jefferson to Salmon Street and from 1st Avenue to Broadway and told the group over loudspeaker that the area was closed and that they should leave the area or they could be arrested, cited or subjected to crowd control agents.
The group didn't comply and officers made targeted arrests as they cleared the area.
The group left the area around 2 a.m.
The following information was released by Portland police about the 11 arrests made overnight:
- Adrian Cherry, 25-year-old, of Vancouver, Washington, Interfering with a Peace Officer
- Joy Wilson, 45-year-old, of Portland, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer Two Counts
- Tracy L. Molina, 37-year-old, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resist Arrest, Disorderly Conduct II
- Andrew Duran, 18-year-old, of Hillsboro, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resist Arrest
- Peter Curtis, 40-year-old, of Scappoose, Oregon, Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resist Arrest
- Frederick Garlick, 31-year-old, of Portland, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II
- David Brooksher, 36-year-old, of Oakland, California, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II
- Dylan Robeck, 26-year-old, of Portland, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer
- Marley Schlichting, 22-year-old, of Portland, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II
- Fiona Kavanaugh Collie, 20-year-old, of Portland, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II
- Ella Beaver, 22-year-old, of Portland, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II, Attempt Escape III