Mass Gathering Blocks Streets and Throws Projectiles towards Officers, Arrests Made

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September 03, 2020 08:11


The following is a summary of arrests from activity described in an earlier release:

43 year old Tara Bratton, Portland -- Interfering with a Peace Officer
31 year old Rosalind Benoit, Portland -- Disorderly Conduct II
18 year old John Yingling, Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II


A mass gathering blocks traffic for several hours on city streets to include a closed street. Some participants were seen throwing projectiles towards officers. Targeted arrests made.

On September 2nd, 2020, a group began by gathering in Alberta Park located in the 2000 block of Northeast Killingsworth Street. About 11 p.m., a march began in the street to the area of North Precinct located on the 400 block of Northeast Emerson Street. As the group marched in the street, several support vehicles rode with them as they marched. As the group arrived at North Precinct, Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was blocked in both directions. Water bottles were thrown by group members towards North Precinct and a motorized scooter was seen doing burnouts on the blocked street.

In the past, protestors have blocked Northeast Emerson Street at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. This area is a vital entrance and exit to North Precinct for both sworn and non-sworn employees during their shift. Because North Precinct is a functioning Community Policing Facility where employees are constantly coming and going during their shift in an effort to serve the community, it is imperative Northeast Emerson Street stays clear so employees can get to calls for service. For this reason, at 11:15 p.m., the group was told over loud speaker that Northeast Emerson Street was closed between Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Northeast 6th Avenue. The group was also told not to enter the area or engage in criminal behavior. Failure to adhere to this order may subject them to arrest, citation, or crowd control agents, including, but not limited to, tear gas and/or impact weapons. Despite the announcements the crowd continued to gather on Northeast Emerson Street just east of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

After several hours, the group continued to block Northeast Emerson Street at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Some people in the group threw projectiles such as water bottles and rocks towards officers located on the roof of North Precinct. At 1:30 a.m., the group tore down tape and barricades set up by officers as they advanced further east on Northeast Emerson Street from Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Once again the group was told the street was closed over loudspeaker. The group continued their criminal behavior and officers made targeted arrests.

The group was mostly dispersed by 2 a.m.

Portland Police did not use any crowd control munitions or CS gas.

Arrests were made during the event and will be updated as the information becomes available.



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