Hello. I’m Lieutenant Tina Jones, the public information officer for the Portland Police Bureau. This is an update on demonstrations occurring in downtown Portland today on Saturday, August 17.
Here’s the latest:
- Demonstrations have been underway for nearly six hours. More than a thousand individuals have gathered in and around the downtown area, taking part in these events.
- While more details about law enforcement actions will be shared later in the day, at this time we are aware of at least 13 arrests.
- Portland Fire medics are embedded with the Portland Police. We are aware of four individuals who have been evaluated by Portland Fire medics. This includes an individual whom officers came upon at Naito and Harvey Milk; and who was taken to a hospital.
- This person was injured prior to officers arriving on scene.
- Portland Fire medics report that all known injuries are considered to be minor.
- Portland Police have liaison officers on the street to provide direct instructions and expectations to all groups demonstrating.
- This - and all law enforcement action - is done for everyone’s safety.
- Some demonstrators have once again moved to the inner east side of the Willamette River.
- Demonstrators may be on various downtown streets near the river on the west side, as well on bridges across the Willamette.
- Portland Police and law enforcement partners continue to focus on keeping opposing groups separate, although there have been some interactions between individuals.
- MAX trains have just experienced their first service disruption of the day due to the demonstrations - trains are not running on the downtown transit mall.
- For the most current information about bus and MAX service, go to TriMet.org/alerts.
Please note that todays’ events continue to develop, and this update is based on the best information we have at this time. We will be back with another briefing soon. In the meantime, be sure to follow our twitter feed @PortlandPolice. Our official hashtag is #ppbalert