Independent Police Review investigating video of officer punching protester multiple times

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - An alarming video showing a Portland police officer punching a protester repeatedly is now under investigation.

The video was captured as tensions are escalating between protesters and police. Protests and riots have occurred nightly in Portland for nearly 100 days.

Monday night Portland police say they arrested 19 people after a riot was declared. The night before that, police say 29 people were arrested.

“These people have nothing whatsoever to do with Black lives matter. This is flat out anarchy. They have a different agenda entirely,” said Tom Drewes, who lives in the building where Monday night’s riot occurred.

But, the video of some of these arrests is raising questions about the tactics used by police.

FOX 12 cameras captured an officer appearing to punch a protester several times on the ground. Another video of a separate incident shows an officer rush into a crowd, tackle a protester to the ground and punch them several times in the head.

We reached out to Portland police about the video, which the Portland Police Bureau said has been referred to its professional standards division, however, PPB could not provide any specifics about the video.

The video has also been referred to the Independent Police Review department of the city auditor’s office. IPR says it is investigating the video and trying to identify relevant people in it.

IPR says if you have any information about the video, or any specific instances of police excessive use of force, you should contact their office.

The videos were taken just hours after other law enforcement agencies around the region said they would not be sending staff into Portland to assist Portland police Monday. It was in response to a request by the governor to send officers from other agencies into Portland as part of a unified law enforcement plan.

The Gresham Police Department was the latest to decline Governor Kate Brown’s request on Tuesday.

In a statement, Gresham Police Chief Robin Sells said the department was caught off guard by the governor’s request. She went on to say:

“Staffing in the Gresham Police Department is down significantly from this time last year, so any request for assistance would need to be evaluated in light of our staffing constraints, as well as what type of assistance is being requested.”

She concluded by saying that officers from Gresham will not be assisting in Portland.

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(12) comments

But..but...but

Alarming that they are using force to stop force? Put on your big girl panties Karen, you meet violence with force...you deal with physical resistance with force...you deal with criminal acts with force. The lack of force is what has led to the state of Portland as it currently stands with violence, assaults, arson and even murder being seen on a national stage. Thanks Portland elected officials.

steveO

The dude probably spit on him or threw a bag of urine on him. Sure he deserved every lick. So many people are filming every action to make every thing look like brutality. Should have smacked him with a billy club. Would have looked a tad more professional.

ItsPolitical

The antifa punk had a helmet on and knocked the helmet OFF the police officer - endangering his life (skateboard, brick, kick to the head). He deserved every punch![thumbup]

webjak

Good job officer, rioters, arsonists and looters fleeing from police. Subdued and taken down. Looks like they were still struggling and flailing around. A few "stun" punches to the head area to quiet them, well done.

lanquan

I had commented that next time the officer could hold the rioter and I'LL hit him. But KPTV censored that one

ItsPolitical

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pb sir

The Officer may get in a bit of trouble, but I have no doubt that this "protester" probably deserved a good beat-down. We don't know what happened before this video started, but we can't really blame these Officers for being tired, stressed, frustrated and angry after 90+ days of non-stop assault... having fireworks, rocks and other stuff thrown at you non-stop is bound to take its toll...

Eliza Cassan

Where are the investigations of the protesters attacking police on a nightly basis? The police put their lives on the line every night, and the people attacking them don't even get prosecuted.

Charlatan

Hahahahahahahaha!

lanquan

You don't expect the Media (KPTV) to give us fair reporting, do you? They only report IN DEPTH on our Portland Police. Like the Mult. County DA, KPTV gives the "night rats" a free ride!

Jefferson

"PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - An alarming video showing a Portland police officer tearing off a protester's helmet and punching them repeatedly is now under investigation." - - - - - . "a protestor and punching THEM"? How many of them were there? Ay, where have all the writers gone?

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

I suspect they're SJW student interns from Reed College.

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