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Arrested Portland protesters have first day in court

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Some of the people arrested at the recent protests and riots in Portland went to court for the first time Monday afternoon.

Many of those who spoke to FOX 12 claim that they were simply exercising their rights to a peaceful protest and feel their arrests were unjust.

Vincenzo Milione was arrested late Thursday night when he says he was protesting peacefully in downtown Portland.

“The police started moving forward, we started moving back and the police started grabbing people and I was thrown to the ground,” he recalled.

Milione was among the several protesters in arraignment court Monday facing charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with police.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s office and the Portland Police Bureau released a joint statement Monday saying that nearly all of the current cases against protesters have been “no-complainted for the time being.

While the cases will be reviewed for prosecution at a later date, for now, those arrested have only been cited.

That news came as a big relief for Chris Russell who said he was just walking to the store when he got stuck in the crowd by accident and does not support what’s been happening.

"I don’t agree with it,” he said. “It seems like everyone here is angry, but they’re not all angry for the same reasons.”

Thij Bowen, 18, claims police roughed him up when they arrested him. He is passionately anti-Trump and wants to get back out there.

“I did not harm anyone, there was no assault. I did not mean to harm anyone and I believe I did not deserve that treatment,” Bowen said. “If this wouldn’t have happened, I would’ve been out there every single night protesting, because I think it’s a good thing.”

Many of Bowen’s fellow protesters agree, and when asked if their cause was worth their arrests, Milione said it was.

“Definitely, definitely. I will continue to protest and use my first amendment rights.”

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