August 04, 2018 20:35
On Saturday, August 4, 2018, four people were arrested during a demonstration, counter-demonstration and an unpermitted march held in Downtown Portland. The protest events and march were held in Tom McCall Waterfront and roadways in the downtown area over the course of approximately eight hours.
The intent of law enforcement today was to provide a safe environment for all participants, non-participants, and community members while ensuring the peaceful exercise of the First Amendment.
Officers located and seized multiple weapons throughout the day. The groups involved in the protests escalated in behavior and threw projectiles, including rocks, smoke bombs, firework mortars, unknown chemical agents, bottles, items from a slingshot, and other projectiles at officers and protesters.
When officers arrived in the area of Southwest Naito Parkway and Southwest Columbia Boulevard, they learned multiple police vehicles, possibly with officers inside the vehicles, were trapped in a group of protesters who were throwing an unknown chemical agent as well as other projectiles at officers. Officers provided directions to the protesters using the sound truck, as well as deployed riot control agents and less lethal impact weapons. The officers located three damaged police vehicles after the crowd moved from the vehicles. There were no officers inside the vehicles.
At this time, the Police Bureau is aware that the following riot control agents and less lethal impact munitions were used in response to the violent and assaultive behavior of the crowd and after the crowd failed to disperse in response to police orders:
* Aerial Distraction Device http://www.defense-technology.com/products/tactical-devices/warning-signaling-munitions/40-mm-warning-signaling-munition-50-meter-1191152.html#start=8
* 60 caliber Less Lethal Round http://www.defense-technology.com/products/tactical-devices/warning-signaling-munitions/40-mm-warning-signaling-munition-50-meter-1191152.html#start=8
* Rubber Ball Distraction Device http://www.defense-technology.com/products/tactical-devices/stinger-rubber-ball/stinger-60-caliber-rubber-balls-w-safety-clip-1152900.html#start=1
* Stinger Round http://www.defense-technology.com/products/impact-munitions/40-mm-munitions/stinger-rubber-ball/stinger-40-mm-60-caliber-rubber-balls-round-1011853.html#start=11
* 40 mm Less Lethal Impact Round http://www.defense-technology.com/products/impact-munitions/40-mm-munitions/direct-impact/direct-impact-40-mm-marking-crushable-foam-round-1012836.html#start=12
* Pepper Spray http://www.defense-technology.com/all-products/first-defense-.4-pct-mk-9-stream-oc-aerosol-1012755.html#start=12
"The Portland Police Bureau is, and will always be, committed to providing a safe environment for all individuals to exercise their First Amendments rights in a peaceful manner," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "Unfortunately, today, some people chose to commit illegal acts of violence, which required members of the Police Bureau to take action in order to keep all participants and non-participants safe. This was a dangerous situation for all those involved, including officers, and I am disheartened that this kind of illegal behavior occurred in our beautiful city."
Throughout the afternoon, the Portland Police Bureau provided information to protesters through announcements on two sound trucks equipped with long-range acoustic speakers. The purpose of the sound truck announcements is to increase community safety by communicating police expectations and reminding people to peaceably protest. Sound trucks are also used to warn community members of potential force deployment by law enforcement as a means to give individuals an opportunity to avoid force by complying with officer orders.
The Portland Police Bureau also provided information and updates on Twitter, including photos of the many weapons and items seized throughout the day and announcements provided by the sound trucks: https://twitter.com/PortlandPolice
As the protest continued and based on the crowd sizes and demeanor, the Police Bureau requested assistance from partnering police agencies to help manage the escalating tumultuous behavior. At one point, nearly all available on-duty Portland Police Bureau resources were devoted to addressing the demonstration and counter-demonstration. Members of the Oregon State Police were also requested to respond to Downtown Portland to assist with this incident.
Surrounding law enforcement agencies were requested to assist with calls for service in the City of Portland. For a portion of the late morning and into the evening hours of Saturday, law enforcement only responded to emergency calls for service because of limited availability of officers and deputies; officers did not respond to non-emergency calls for service during this time.
The law enforcement and public safety partners today included the following agencies:
* Portland Police Bureau
* Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
* Oregon State Police
* Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
* Gresham Police Department
* Port of Portland Police Department
* Multnomah County District Attorney's Office
* City of Portland City Attorney's Office
* Portland Fire & Rescue
* Portland Parks and Recreation
The following people were arrested today and will be arraigned in Multnomah County Court on August 6:
* 27-year-old Robert J Majure was arrested near Southwest Naito Parkway and Southwest Columbia Street on charges of Harassment and Resist Arrest.
* 45-year-old Tracy L Molina was arrested near Southwest 2nd Avenue and Southwest Columbia Street on charges of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Attempt Assault on a Public Safety Officer.
* 28-year-old Tristan I Rominemann was arrested near Southwest Naito Parkway and Southwest Columbia Street on charges of Interfering with a Police Officer and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, and Harassment.
* 34-year-old Joseph C Evans was arrested near Southwest 2nd Avenue and Southwest Jefferson Street on charges of Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. (Photograph of Evans reportedly firing projectile with slingshot provided.)
Anyone with information about criminal behavior at any of the events is asked to share it by email to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov; or, anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Oregon. Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.
The Portland Police Bureau will review video and images of today's events in an attempt to identify people who were involved in criminal activity. Anyone with information about criminal behavior at any of these events is asked to share it by email to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov; or, anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Oregon by texting CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip; Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips. Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823
or call 503-823-HELP (4357).
Currently, the Police Bureau is aware of three people who were treated by Portland Fire and Rescue medical personnel during today's events. One of the injured was transported by ambulance for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury. Based on social media posts, the Police Bureau is aware that other people may have suffered injury during today's events. Anyone who was injured or a victim of a crime during today's events should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.
There were no officers, deputies or troopers who were injured today.
The Portland Police Bureau will perform a review of actions taken by officers during the protests. The review process for force events is directed by Directive 1010.00 Use of Force: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/647779
The Independent Police Review provides impartial oversight of police conduct, practices, and policies to increase accountability and public trust. Anyone who would like to file a commendation or complaint regarding today's events should visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/ipr/52031
The Police Bureau continues to prepare for today's demonstration and counter-demonstration in and around the area of Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The Police Bureau's goal is to help facilitate peaceful events and prevent criminal behavior from occurring. The safety of participants and community members is the Police Bureau's top priority.
In an attempt to create a safe environment for people to practice their First Amendment Rights to speech and assembly, the Police Bureau has requested a fence be erected along the north, west and south sides of Tom McCall Waterfront Park between Southwest Salmon Street and Southwest Morrison Street. There will be multiple entrance points with security screening locations at each entrance. The multipurpose path along the seawall will remain open and the Police Bureau does not plan to block the path with fencing at this time. Both crosswalks over Southwest Naito Avenue at Southwest Taylor Street will be closed while the fences are in place. A map of Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the fencing and other information is provided with this release.
The Police Bureau reminds the public that prohibited items may be temporarily or permanently seized by police, if in violation of city, state or federal law. Persons whose property is seized temporarily or permanently will receive a property receipt from an officer, as conditions allow. Items that are seized temporarily on Saturday will not be available to be retrieved by the property owner on the day of the event. The seized property must be collected from the Portland Police Bureau's Property Evidence Division during their regular business hours. The Portland Police Bureau's Directive, 0660.10 Property and Evidence Procedures can be found at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/529180
Due to information learned in preparation for today's demonstration and counterdemonstration that suggests the possibility for violence, and pursuant to Portland City Code (PCC) 14C.30.010, no person will be allowed to enter Tom McCall Waterfront Park while carrying a rifle, shotgun, other style of long-gun firearm, or any visibly displayed firearm. This exclusion applies to all people, including those with a valid Oregon concealed handgun license.
Everyone attending the demonstration and counterdemonstration are encouraged to obey all laws and be respectful of others who are using city streets, freeways and mass transit. Marching into and blocking streets without a permit is illegal and dangerous to protesters as well as road users and has a significantly negative impact to our community.
Anyone near the demonstration, counter-demonstration or other events in Downtown Portland and Tom McCall Waterfront Park are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings. Persons that observe any object or behavior that is believed to be suspicious, destructive, or criminal in nature should contact 9-1-1 or a police officer immediately -- "If you see something, say something."
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The Portland Police Bureau would like to inform the public there is a demonstration and counter-demonstration planned for Saturday, August 4, 2018, in the area of Tom McCall Waterfront Park, located at 1020 Southwest Naito Parkway. The demonstration is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:30 a.m.
The demonstration will likely take place between Southwest Salmon Street and Southwest Morrison Street at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
The intent of law enforcement is to provide a safe environment for all participants, non-participants, and community members while ensuring the peaceful exercise of the First Amendment.
There will be a significant law enforcement presence in the area of the demonstration due to past threats and acts of violence. Persons attending any of the events should not bring any weapons or items that can be used as weapons to any of the events.
In an attempt to further minimize risks of injury and increase safety, weapon screening locations will be stationed at entrances to Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Saturday around the demonstration area and Explosive Detection Canines will be present prior to and at the event. Prohibited items may be temporarily or permanently seized by police, if in violation of city, state or federal law.
PPB wants to remind the public of the following city codes and Oregon Revised Statues:
*Per Portland City Code, it is unlawful to carry a loaded firearm in public unless you have a valid Oregon concealed handgun license or as specified in the code. See https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/332592
*The City of Portland has specific conduct rules and laws that apply to parks: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/?c=28627
including a specific prohibition on the possession of weapons in parks: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/641629
*Oregon has NO concealed handgun license reciprocity with any other state, and it is a crime to carry a concealed handgun in Oregon unless you have and present for inspection a valid OREGON concealed handgun license (Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 166.250 and ORS 166.291: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors166.html
Incidents that threaten life, safety or property will be investigated thoroughly. People who participate in illegal behavior, including acts of physical violence, will be subject to immediate arrest or citation on Saturday or at a later time after additional investigation has occurred. People near others who are preparing to or in the act of committing criminal behavior are encouraged to separate themselves from the group and notify police.
The Police Bureau encourages road users to be aware of the potential for traffic interruptions and to plan for alternate routes in and around Downtown Portland on Saturday. Unpermitted marchers should remain on sidewalks and obey traffic laws.
The Bureau has been collaborating with law enforcement and public safety partners to ensure that public safety is the top priority for all participants and community members.
The Portland Police Bureau intends to share pertinent information with the community on the day of the events through its main Twitter account: @PortlandPolice
The Portland Police Bureau's Directive, 0635.10 Crowd Management/Crowd Control can be found at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/649358
Life-threatening emergencies should be reported to 9-1-1. Call 9-1-1 if you can; text 9-1-1 if you can't. Texts to 9-1-1 cannot include emoticons, emoji's, pictures, or videos.
Anyone with information about criminal behavior being planned prior to this event, or observes criminal behavior during this event, or learns of it after this event, is asked to share it by email to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov.
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