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Student protesters decry 'lies' of Portland police, school district

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Student protesters block traffic on the Burnside Bridge Monday night. Student protesters block traffic on the Burnside Bridge Monday night.
Gregory McKelvey (left), Micah Rhodes (center), Kathryn Stevens (right), jail booking photos (Courtesy: Multnomah County Jail) Gregory McKelvey (left), Micah Rhodes (center), Kathryn Stevens (right), jail booking photos (Courtesy: Multnomah County Jail)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Leaders of Monday night's post-election protest involving Portland high school students are criticizing the response of police and the school district and are calling for the release of three adult activists who were arrested.

In a statement released Tuesday morning, student organizers Callie Quinn-Ward, Dylan Palmer and Finn Hawley-Blue criticized Portland Public Schools for acting on police information to send a letter to parents that claimed outside groups were encouraging students to protest.

The students said they were responsible for the demonstration and suggestions of outside influence were lies meant to discourage youth from speaking out.

"This event was both created and organized by Portland high school students. We decided to reach out to local organizations to assist us in planning and spreading the word of the event. Two organizers from Portland's Resistance, Gregory McKelvey and Kathryn Stevens, kindly agreed to help. They provided advice when needed and helped amplify our voices. However, the protest remained a youth-driven action."

The students also decried the arrests of McKelvey, Stevens and Don't Shoot Portland leader Micah Rhodes and called for their release.

"It was clear from the start that the police were singling out Greg and Kat. We witnessed them pushing the two around and trying to separate them from the group. Police also rammed their bikes and motorcycles into us, threatened us, hit and pushed us, ran over our feet and yelled in our faces. Meanwhile, the Portland Police Bureau was tweeting their concern for the safety of students. Do not let them tell you they were protecting us tonight. The only real "danger" we experienced tonight were the actions of the police."

Police said McKelvey and Rhodes encouraged the student protesters to disobey orders from officers and Stevens tried to interfere as police took McKelvey into custody.

McKelvey, Stevens and Rhodes were all arrested on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct. Stevens and Rhodes face additional charges of interfering with a police officer.

All three adults were released from custody overnight and are expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.

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