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Black Lives Matter protest marches through NE Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Hundreds of people marched through the streets of northeast Portland on Friday as part of a Black Lives Matter protest.

Organizers posted on Facebook in reference to Black Friday, "Cheap deals do not matter. #BlackLivesMatter."

The rally began at Holladay Park at Northeast 11th and Holladay Street at 1 p.m.

The protesters chanted as they filled the streets carrying signs that said, "Black Lives Matter," "Don't Shoot PDX" and "skin color is not reasonable suspicion."

"Everybody's acting like we're the problem.  We are not the problem.  This is the solution," a Don't Shoot PDX rally organizer told the crowd over a loudspeaker.

"This is something that we believe in and this is something we believe is important to talk about," protester Rachel Levelle told Fox 12.

Marchers gathered on the heels of protests in Chicago over the shooting death of teenager Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by a police officer.

"The thing that happened in Chicago is absolutely unacceptable," protest organizer Micah Rhodes said.  "I've watched all these videos, I've seen all this hurt from people, I've gone to several memorials and funerals for people with family members killed by police... I'm out here because I want to support change."

Protesters also kept in mind the ongoing investigation into an Oregon Department of Justice employee who gathered data on people who used the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on Twitter - a practice Oregon Governor Kate Brown called racial profiling.

"We want a just society and we don't believe that covert investigations reflect the values of the citizens of Portland," protester Kelvin Hall said.

By 3 p.m., police said the protest, which was heading north on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, had started to disrupt traffic. By 4 p.m., the protesters had entered the Lloyd Center Mall.  By 5 p.m., protesters were back outside at the park across from the mall and the protest came to an end.

There were no immediate reports of any altercations or arrests in connection with the protest.

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