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Two Black Lives Matter protests end peacefully in Portland

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Mugshot: Michael Strickland Mugshot: Michael Strickland
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Two Black Lives Matter protests in Portland ended peacefully Thursday in wake of the officer involved shootings in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

An estimated 1,000 protesters marched to the Morrison Bridge, closing it temporarily.

One man, Michael Strickland, 36, was at one demonstration near Pioneer Square taking pictures. The situation became tense when Strickland pulled out a gun after he got into an argument with protesters.

A SWAT team quickly arrived, and Strickland was taken into custody. Police said no shots were fired during the confrontation.

Strickland faces charges of menacing and disorderly conduct, and is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Another Black Lives Matter march brought more than 100 people to Southeast Portland’s Laurelhurst Park.

Protesters said it was important to show support and mourn the recent deaths.

Organizers told us demanding changes and remaining visible will help keep pressure on the city of Portland to end racial profiling and diversity the police bureau.

This protest remained peaceful, and there were no reports of clashes with police.

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