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New video from protesters spurs police use-of-force investigation

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Portland police arrested Kathryn Stevens during a protest on November 21, and now fellow protester and arrestee Gregory McKelvey contends video he is posted on social media of the night shows police were trying to hurt Stevens. (KPTV) Portland police arrested Kathryn Stevens during a protest on November 21, and now fellow protester and arrestee Gregory McKelvey contends video he is posted on social media of the night shows police were trying to hurt Stevens. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Mayor Charlie Hales has ordered an investigation into the use of force used by Portland police during an arrest at a recent protest.

The investigation will be conducted by an independent police review and comes as a new video has surfaced of a woman being arrested on November 21.

The short seven-second video clip posted on the Instagram account of Portland’s Resistance organizer Gregory McKelvey shows protester Kathryn Stevens, one of three people arrested during that protest, in police custody.

A video posted by Gregory McKelvey (@gmckelv) on

In the post, McKelvey wrote that the police were “trying to break my partners neck” and that they “beat her up bad and then left her sitting in jail alone as she was in and out of consciousness.”

Portland police say Officer Ryan Mele tried to use what's called a "mandibular angle pressure point" on Stevens as she was being arrested.

According to the reports written by the officers involved, Stevens was interfering with the arrest of McKelvey, wrapping herself around him and refusing to let go.

FOX 12 crews also shot video of McKelvey's arrest that night, and in just over 52 minutes into the video Stevens can be seen getting involved during McKelvey’s arrest.

According to the police reports, Stevens later told officers she thought her thumb was broken, and firefighters were called to check her out.

It's not clear whether they determined that she was fine or if she refused medical attention, but officers say she was given medical clearance for transport.

In his report, Officer Patrick Mawdsley wrote, "Ofc Mele and I were using the minimum amount of force to take her into custody in an effort to reduce the overall crowd tension."

McKelvey claimed in his Instagram post that Stevens had to be taken to an emergency room once she was out of police custody, adding that he thought officers wanted to go even further.

“They could have killed her and frankly I think they tried to kill her and if she wasn't as strong as she is she might be dead,” he posted.

Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman responded to the allegations, saying in part, "I take any allegations of improper force and misconduct seriously. I demand that all officers’ conduct is within the law."

Mayor Hales also released a statement, promising that any wrongdoing on the part of the police would be addressed.

"The independent review process is thorough, accurate and responsive, and if there are findings of wrongdoing, there will be proper discipline."

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