That wasn't good enough for police, who consider Main Street a major traffic corridor in downtown Portland.
"That was a suggestion and it was impractical for us," King said.
While Main Street has been cleared of the protesters, King said police have no intention of going into Chapman and Lownsdale squares in downtown Portland to interrupt the group's encampment there.
"We're not entering the parks this morning," King said. "We're not making arrests in the park."
Occupy Portland demonstrators did not attempt to take back Main Street after the arrests. A tweet from the OccupyPortland Twitter account said, "absolutely minimal protest from within the camp, where the majority wanted Main liberated."
Brandon Lee, 30; Brad Whisler, 32; John Saunder, 32; Ashley Jackson, 22; Keller Henry, 34; Jacquelyn Miller, 41; Joshua Macnayr, 29; and Andrew Barnick, 24, were all booked into jail in connection with the Main Street blockade.
Thursday marks one week since Occupy Portland started its demonstration in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. While camping in the parks of downtown Portland is illegal, Adams said there are no plans to break up the encampment.
"I really appreciate those in the camp who have been willing to focus on their core mission, which is to raise very important issues that are troubling this nation," Adams said. "That has nothing to do with blocking Main Street."
Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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