PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – The Portland Police Bureau’s former Assistant Police Chief Brian Martinek says he knows exactly what it’s like to be in the middle of a chaotic protest, which law enforcement says could happen in downtown Portland Saturday.

“It’s very emotional, it’s stressful beyond belief,” Martinek said. “It can be scary you have thousands of people yelling and screaming and moving towards you. All with the intent of breaking through you, running over you or hurting you.”

Martinek says over the years, the feel of these demonstrations have shifted.

“It’s designed to terrorize, intimidate and taunt,” Martinek said. “They’ve gotten more violent.”

Portland police say they are prepared for demonstrations that will likely take place between Southwest Salmon Street and Southwest Morrison Street at Waterfront Park Saturday.

PPB said the demonstrations could begin as early as 9 a.m. The bureau has called in help from many different area agencies on the local, state and federal level to help keep the city covered in case the demonstrations escalates.

Martinek, who has also served as bureau’s Rapid Response Team Leader, says he senses a new attitude from Portland city leaders regarding demonstrations and protests.

“It sounds like there might be more focus on actually arresting people causing violence,” Martinek said. “They are going to do strategical tactics that take into account not ever leaving an officer alone, in a situation where they can be outnumbered and overwhelmed.”

Martinek says he expects to see arrests and violence Saturday, as well as a bigger police response and a more hands-on approach, which he says could act as a double-edged sword.

“I think that’s going to attract some people who are going to want to challenge that,” Martinek said. “let’s challenge authority and authority just threw down the gauntlet, so let’s see what they got…and I think you’re going to get that.”

The Portland Bureau of Transportation Friday set up concrete barriers along the waterfront for about a half-mile in an attempt they say will help to keep demonstrating groups separated for as long as possible.

Several area businesses have said they will be closing up shop Saturday due to the expected protests, while others say they are planning to open later than usual. Others say they’re stepping up security, including the Keller Auditorium, whose two Saturday performances are set to go on as scheduled.

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DD877

[scared] Will Soy-Boy blink?



Yup... No Antifas arrested today...


Delta85

I blame the media for totally hyping this up!


Yossarian

and the big 'thank you' goes to Ted Cruz for untying the hands of Portland Law Enforcement and other first responding agencies. The second big 'thank you' goes to the PPB Law Enforcement Officers and the men and women of the other agencies.


kyle H

I'm beginning to think that PPB is going to flex their combined muscle at this event. At the drop of a hat, I think they're going to take full advantage of ANY opportunity, regardless of actual provocation. Seems like this is all just the ground work for a self-fulfilling prophesy. I think PPB is chomping at the bit to throw down on a crowd of people tomorrow, having been embarrassed and literally harassed, by idiots, miscreants, on national TV!! Watch out all you Sissy Antifa boys. Weasel hunting season starts at 9 am I do believe.


JJW

oohhhhh those are scary 30 inch cement barriers, lol see how much of a joke the Mayor is , who do they think those barriers will stop who can't walk liker a normal person, what a joke, well poor people of Portland will get what they get with Gov and MAyor like they have.


JJW

Its funny watching the different news channels who I thought were suppose to report the news, but now days its so obvious the news only reports what it thinks you should see and hear so obviously politically driven, funny how almost all stories about the 17th rarely mention ANTIFA yet highlight how horrible the right wing groups are, well people wake up because there have been many many protest in portland in past 30 month and almost all except for 2 were ANTIFA all by themselves assaulting everyday regular people who they singled out from some therory they come up with while hiding behind thier cowardist mask, would be good fro some of them to be taken out to the tool shed Sautrday might help thier life out getting it handed to them, crybabies.


Lawlessness Brings Destruction

What planet has What planet has former Assistant Police Chief Brian Martinek been on? Remember the Occupy Portland camping, demonstrations, and rioting? How about the siege of the ICE facility. 911 calls for police assistance went unheeded.



Or how about the active street combat initiated by ANTIFA against peaceful rallies?



Your feckless alleged Mayor had a hands-off approach in allowing ANTIFA to block streets, direct traffic, and assault innocent people with impunity and NOW you're concerned about being "challenged" by ANTIFA thugs?



The challenge by Portland miscreants happened WAY back in the Park Block days of OWS and the People's Republic of PORKland has been rolling over ever since.



Challenging authority is what miscreants do so get over it and do your job. If it scares this much, find another line of work. Remember the Occupy Portland camping, demonstrations, and rioting? How about the siege of the ICE facility. 911 calls for police assistance went unheeded. Or how about the active street combat initiated by ANTIFA against peaceful rallies? Your feckless alleged Mayor had a hands-off approach in allowing ANTIFA to block streets, direct traffic, and assault innocent people with impunity and NOW you're concerned about being "challenged" by ANTIFA thugs? The challenge by Portland miscreants happened WAY back in the Park Block days of OWS and the People's Republic of PORKland has been rolling over ever since. Challenging authority is what miscreants do so get over it and do your job. If it scares this much, find another line of work.


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