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Police declare unlawful assembly outside police union building, make 24 arrests

In a press release, police said one officer was punched in the face and sent to the hospital and that five other officers were sprayed with "some kind of chemical."
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This photo from outside the Portland Police Union was taken on 8/24/20.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police declared a protest outside Portland Police Union building an unlawful assembly and made 21 arrests on Monday night.

In a press release, police said one officer was punched in the face and sent to the hospital for treatment and that five other officers were sprayed with "some kind of chemical."

Police showed up Monday night at Kenton Park in North Portland, where a group of protesters gathered and took action earlier than seen on past nights of demonstrations.

The demonstrators are calling for the abolition of police and prisons. They met at Kenton Park and planned to march before police arrived at around 9:15 p.m.

Police said they arrived at the park after learning that it was the "initiation point of a planned unpermitted march." They confiscated shields and allegedly had objects thrown at them. At least two people were arrested.

In a tweet, police warned protesters to stay off roadways or be subject to arrest, citation, or crowd control agents, including, but not limited to, OC (oleoresin capsicum) munitions and/or impact weapons.  

Around 10 p.m., the group of protesters headed out to the Portland Police Union building. When they arrived, police announced that demonstrators needed to stay off the road or be subject to arrest or citations, independent journalists tweeted. Police said protesters threw rocks and hard objects at police.

The crowd left around 1:30 a.m., police said.

Police released the following information on 24 arrests that were made overnight:

  • Dajah Beck, 37, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Holly Kvalheim, 29, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Jared Peacock, 33, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Morgan McKniff, 30, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Aaron LaPointe-Aichison, 33, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Escape in the Third Degree (2 counts) 
  • Tracy Molina, 47, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Louise Adkins, 27, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Jordan Conway, 29, of Portland - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Cameron Baldwin-Gray, 26, of Vancouver, Washington - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Robert Eboch, 35, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Gary Floyd, 51, of Beaverton, Oregon - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Chris Khatami, 30, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Sebastian Cazres, 24, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Delaney White, 22, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer 
  • Dustin Ferreira, 37, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Menacing 
  • John Jackson, 23, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Darrell Kimberlan, 31, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer 
  • Jovanny Garcia, 24, of Beaverton, Oregon - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Molly Peterson, 18, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Henry Moray, 22, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 
  • Jeffrey Lippincott, 27, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Harassment 

Two other people, 28-year-old Conor Maraist of Portland and 39-year-old Dimitri Stoyonoff of Portland, received criminal citations for interfering with a peace officer and one teenager was referred to juvenile court for interfering with a police officer and second-degree disorderly conduct, police said.

There were multiple demonstrations over the weekend, including one Saturday night outside the Multnomah County Justice Center in downtown Portland. An unlawful assembly was declared and police bull-rushed and pushed protesters, press and legal observers. Videos on social media showing the aggressive tactics sparked criticism of police.

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The demonstration Saturday night came after opposing rallies between far-right Proud Boys and various left-wing anti-fascist groups earlier in the day. Police arrested about 30 people throughout the day.

Protests in Portland over racial injustice and police brutality resumed earlier this month after a brief hiatus due to wildfires across the state blanketing the city in smoky and unhealthy air conditions. Prior to that, there had been more than 100 consecutive nights of demonstrations, many of which ended with clashes between police and protesters, following the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis.