Demonstration Events Conclude in Downtown Portland -- Six People Arrested (Photo)

November 17, 2018 18:35

  

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, during protest events near Terry Schrunk Plaza and Chapman Square Park, six people were arrested.

The General Services Administration, the federal agency responsible for Terry Schrunk Plaza, approved a permit for a group to use the plaza today. As part of the General Services Administration permit, the permit holder had the authority to determine who could and could not enter the park while the permit was in effect. In preparation for today's permit, the Federal Protection Service erected fencing around the perimeter of Terry Schrunk Plaza.

There was also a demonstration in Chapman Square today. Prior to today's events, PPB closed a portion of Chapman Square under Portland City Code 20.12.190(B). The area closure was an attempt to use an existing tool to facilitate a peaceful event while minimizing the opportunity for groups to clash violently. The intention of the closure of this portion provided a cushion between the two groups so differing opinions could be voiced, but the potential for violence reduced.

During today's events, there were multiple assaults reported, as well as projectiles thrown at demonstrators and officers. Officers observed sticks, glass bottles, lit road flares, bottles filled with a substance believed to be urine, and gopher gas used as projectiles.

"The Portland Police Bureau spent considerable time planning for today's demonstration and counter demonstration," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "We used significant resources and attempted to keep opposing groups apart, both when they were in the parks and as they traveled through downtown. Our goal was to keep all people in the community safe."

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:

* 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 or http://www.defense-technology.com/products/tactical-devices/rubber-ball-blast/rubber-ball-blast-grenade-inert-1012946.html#start=1

Throughout the afternoon and evening, the Portland Police Bureau provided information and updates on Twitter, including photos of the weapons and items seized throughout the day: https://twitter.com/PortlandPolice

The Police Bureau is aware that several instances of criminal behavior were filmed and broadcast on a various media platforms. These crimes may include, but are not limited to: Disorderly Conduct, Assault, Theft, and Reckless Burning. Investigators will be conducting follow-up which may lead to arrests at a later time. If you were the victim of a crime during this protest event, you are encouraged to file a police report.

There were six people who were arrested today:

* 25-year-old Ruben A. Delahuerga was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Madison Street. Delahuerga was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Interfering with a Peace Officer.

* 68-year-old Betsy Toll was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Madison Street. Toll was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Interfering with a Peace Officer.

* 33-year-old Elizabeth L Cheek was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Madison Street. Cheek was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Interfering with a Peace Officer.

* 35-year-old Brittany N. Frost was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Madison Street. Frost was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Interfering with a Peace Officer.

* 52-year-old Gary Fresquez was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Madison Street. Fresquez was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer (two counts).

* 19-year-old Hannah R McClintock was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Taylor Street. McClintock was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Harassment.

Officers are required to write reports after any use of force. The Bureau reviews force applications to determine if members' actions were within Police Bureau policy. The policies that direct Bureau members' actions regarding complaint intake, crowd management, force application and review, and weapons qualifications may be found in the following Portland Police Bureau directives:

* 0330.00 Internal Affairs, Complaint Intake and Processing: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/674602

* 0336.00 Police Review Board: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/674632

* 635.10 Crowd Management/ Crowd Control: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/649358">https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/649358

* 1010.00 Use of Force: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/647779

* 1021.00 Weapons Qualifications: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/647799

Commendations or complaints about officer conduct today should be directed to the Office of Independent Police Review (IPR) at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/ipr/26646?

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Inquiries regarding arrests, force, and law enforcement actions taken by the Federal Protective Service (FPS) should be directed to FPS.

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The Portland Police Bureau would like to inform the public there is a demonstration and counter-demonstration planned for Saturday, November 17, 2018, in the area of Terry Schrunk Plaza, located in the 1200 block of Southwest 3rd Avenue. Demonstration activity is scheduled to begin at approximately 1:00 p.m.

The intent of law enforcement during this and all demonstration events is to provide a safe environment for all participants, non-participants, and community members while ensuring the peaceful exercise of the First Amendment. To this end, there will be a law enforcement presence in the area of the demonstration. Persons attending any of the events should not bring any weapons or items that can be used as weapons to any of the events.

PPB wants to remind the public of the following Portland City Codes and Federal regulations concerning Federal Property:

*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

* There also are specific conduct rules and laws that apply to Federal facilities and properties, such as Terry Schrunk Plaza. Rules and laws related to Federal property may be located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2011-title41-vol3/pdf/CFR-2011-title41-vol3-part102-id987.pdf and https://www.dhs.gov/fps-visitors

Incidents that threaten life, safety or property will be investigated thoroughly. People who participate in illegal behavior, including acts of physical violence, may be subject to immediate arrest or citation on Saturday, or at a later time after additional investigation.

The Police Bureau attempts to work with all event organizers to establish an environment where community members may safely practice their First Amendment Rights of speech and assembly. The Police Bureau encourages:

* Event organizers to communicate with liaison officers so the Police Bureau is aware of the needs and intentions of the groups represented by the respective organizers;
* People who observe suspicious items or activity or are aware of incidents that place a person's life, safety or property in danger should contact police in person or by calling 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;
* 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; and
* Listen to and adhere to directions provided by the Police Bureau's public address vehicle. The announcements provide important information about officers' observations, what actions demonstrators and counter-demonstrators must take and what action the Police Bureau may take.

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. People engaged in demonstration march activity should remain on sidewalks and obey traffic laws.

The Police Bureau reminds community members that demonstrations generally do not require any permit from the City of Portland; however, any event held in the street and/or sidewalk, such as runs, walks, marches, parades or bicycle races must have a permit granted by the City of Portland. Additionally, event organizers are encouraged to work with the City of Portland to ensure a safe event for participants and non-participants.

To learn more about the permitting process or to file a request for a permit, please visit the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Special Events page at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/?c=29979

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. Law enforcement and public safety partners may include, but are not limited to the following agencies:

* Portland Police Bureau
* Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
* Gresham Police Department
* Port of Portland Police Department
* Federal Protective Service
* Multnomah County District Attorney's Office
* Portland Fire & Rescue

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

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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