Suspect Arrested During Protest and Counter-Protest in Downtown Portland (Photo)

December 09, 2017 16:20


On Saturday, December 9, 2017, one person was arrested during a protest, counter protest, and march in Downtown Portland. The protest events and march were held near Terry Schrunk Plaza, Chapman Square, Waterfront Park and sidewalks in the downtown area over the course of several hours.

Officers observed several disturbances during today's event, but there were no injuries reported that required anyone be transported to area hospitals by ambulance. Portland Fire and Rescue medics provided medical aid to a protest member and counter-protest member, after both were pepper sprayed by a person in the crowd.

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.

The person arrested during today's events was identified as 21-year-old Tusitala Toese. Toese was arrested at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Madison Street. He was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Harassment, Assault in the Fourth Degree and a warrant for a previous charge of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

The law enforcement and public safety partners today included the following agencies:

* Portland Police Bureau
* Federal Protective Service
* Multnomah County District Attorney's Office
* City of Portland City Attorney's Office
* Portland Fire & Rescue

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; or, anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Oregon by texting CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip; online at or by calling 503-823-HELP (4357).



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