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Portland City Council meeting postponed due to protesters; two people arrested

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David Davis, Laura Vanderlyn (Jail booking photos) David Davis, Laura Vanderlyn (Jail booking photos)
Memo from Mayor Charlie Hales (KPTV) Memo from Mayor Charlie Hales (KPTV)

The Portland City Council meeting Wednesday was moved to Thursday after protesters disrupted the discussion regarding the proposed contract between the city and the Portland Police Association.

A memo from Mayor Charlie Hales stated the meeting would be moved to 1 p.m. Thursday, "in a room where public access will be limited."

The meeting will also be shown on the city's government access channel.

An earlier memo issued at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday stated, "If decorum can be restored within Council Chambers, including sitting down and not interrupting from the audience, we will resume the meeting without further arrests. If decorum cannot be continued, then the Mayor as presiding officer will take further action to restore order, which may include exclusions and arrests for failure to comply."

Two people were arrested on charges of misdemeanor trespassing Wednesday. Laura Vanderlyn, 53, and David Davis, 46, were both booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

The council was scheduled to discuss a proposed police union contract. A letter from City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero and Independent Police Review Director Constantin Severe to the City Council stated the contract, "fails to address a number of issues related to police accountability that may undermine the public's trust in the City's ability to hold officers accountable."

A council vote on the contract is scheduled for Oct. 12, according to a spokesman for Hales.

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