On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, several free speech/assembly events occurred in Portland, specifically at Elizabeth Caruthers Park, Holladay Park, and Chapman Square. The protest events were held over the course of approximately four hours.
Prior to the start of and during the event, liaison officers attempted to communicate with all groups to help facilitate a safe environment for everyone involved.
Overall, the events were peaceful in nature. For a short time, some streets were blocked in the Southwest waterfront area. The police sound truck made announcements for people to get out of the street for everyone's safety. The group eventually moved back to the park and then dispersed.
No arrests were made and no force was used by police during any of the events related to demonstrations.
"We asked participants to peacefully and safely demonstrate and they did," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "Those involved demonstrated the ability to exercise their rights in a peaceful manner, which we appreciate. Thanks to all those involved in the planning and collaboration on the law enforcement and partner side to make this a successful day."
Throughout the afternoon, the Portland Police Bureau provided information to protesters through announcements on a sound truck 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 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.
At this time no arrests have been made in relation to incidents that occurred during today's demonstrations. If a crime was committed, we encourage victims to come forward with information. Victims, witnesses or people with knowledge of assaults should contact the Detective Division at 503-823-0479. Anyone with information about other criminal activity during today's events should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.
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.
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The Portland Police Bureau would like to inform the public there are multiple demonstrations planned throughout Portland on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Demonstration activity is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:00 p.m. and concluding at approximately 6:00 p.m. At this time, there are no known plans or permits for street marches associated to any of the events.
Events are being held in the South Waterfront area, Downtown and Holladay Park.
The intent of law enforcement during these 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 demonstrations, as needed, to keep the peace. Persons attending any of the events should not bring any weapons or items that can be used as weapons to any of the events.
The Portland Police Bureau has produced a video in collaboration with some of our partners related to free speech and assembly events. This video can be found at this link: https://youtu.be/JViQB2zcoIc
PPB wants to remind the public of the following Portland City Codes and Federal regulations concerning Federal Property:
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 Liaison Team is available to assist event organizers in planning a safe event for participants, Portland community members, and businesses. Liaison Officers may be contacted at: PPBLiaison@portlandoregon.gov or through its Twitter account: @PPBLiaison
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.
Although there are no known plans or permits issued for street marches associated with any of the known events, the Portland Police Bureau encourages road users to be aware of the potential for traffic interruptions should a spontaneous march develop during the day. 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 a street and/or sidewalk, such as runs, walks, marches, parades or bicycle races or City parks 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 road use permit, please visit the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Special Events page at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/?c=29979 for Parks Bureau permits, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/38280
The Portland Police Bureau intends to share pertinent information with the community on the day of the events through its main Twitter account: @PortlandPolice
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.
Media Relations: PPBPIO@portlandoregon.gov Phone: 503-823-0830 1111 SW 2nd Ave Portland, OR 97204