UPDATE: PPB Releases Protest Timeline, with Corrections (Photo)

August 25, 2020 03:34


The Portland Police Bureau has a webpage with information about protests:


There you can find news releases, a timeline of protests, statements from the Chief and command staff, a statement about where we stand on police reform issues, and a FAQ about policy, training, and community engagement. This page will be updated regularly.

The protest timeline has been updated through August 23. There were also some corrections made to the events that happened on August 20, August 14, August 7, August 3, July 18, July 3, and July 2. PPB regrets the errors made. We endeavor to provide reliable information to the public about these important events.

The timeline graphic is available here:




During a review of the timeline, it was determined that when transferring the graphic to a PDF for dissemination a layer of data was inadvertently left off. This corrected version contains dates in which the full data was not included. We deeply regret this error. The corrected version can be found at the same link: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/765145



The Portland Police Bureau has been responding to nightly demonstrations since Friday, May 29, 2020.

The members of the Portland Police Bureau are sworn to facilitate the peaceful and lawful exercise of free speech and assembly. Bureau members do everything possible to support these activities. In late May and early June, there were several large peaceful demonstrations where no police interaction was needed. However, a second group began to commit crimes that necessitated law enforcement response. When criminal behavior occurs, especially behavior threatening the safety of those near the event or those targeted by the event, law enforcement must respond.

There have been a lot of questions about what behaviors constitute an unlawful assembly or a riot.

A Civil Disturbance is an unlawful assembly that constitutes a clear and present danger of riot, disorder, interference with traffic upon the public streets or when another immediate threat to public safety, peace or order appears.

A Riot is when six or more persons engage in tumultuous and violent conduct and thereby intentionally or recklessly creating a grave risk of causing public alarm, excluding persons who are engaged in passive resistance.

PPB continues to provide clear direction and warnings to disperse when events become unsafe and criminal activity is occurring. Officers provide these warnings via the sound truck and on social media and provide a lengthy opportunity for those in the area to comply with the orders given.

The goal during a dispersal is to increase public safety and stop the dangerous criminal acts. These events are inherently dangerous if they rise to the level of a civil disturbance or riot. Our response is based upon the situation we are faced with and the resources available to accomplish the goal.

There have also been many questions regarding where these events occurred, what occurred and what the police response was. To help answer these questions, the Bureau has produced a timeline of events: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/765145

Police continue to arrest those who are committing violence in order to hold them responsible. Since May 29, 2020, at least 500 arrests have been made.

To learn more about Bureau directives related to demonstration activity, recent videos and police reforms, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/



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