PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Officers performed a sweep Thursday morning of two downtown parks where protesters had gathered.

At 5 a.m., police announced that Chapman Square Park and Lownsdale Square Park, located side by side to each other, were closed and informed everyone in the parks that they had ten minutes to leave or be subject to arrest for trespassing or use of force.

Twenty minutes after issuing the notice, police said that those who had been in the parks had left.

FOX 12 spoke to protesters who said the call to leave came as a big surprise.

"At around sunrise, police decided to - without declaring an unlawful assembly and without declaring a riot, just remove the people who were sitting in the park. And you see them all now forced on the side of the street," Adi said.

"It was completely peaceful. I ate some food from there - I had potatoes. Pretty good," said Angelique. "And I was talking to some people then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, they declared that the public park was closed. They never stated the reason why, or at least I never heard the reason why.

Protesters say they were in the park to stand up against police brutality and racial injustice.

The parks are now “closed until a later date,” according to police.

The Portland Police Bureau said that officers enforced the clearing of the parks since the City of Portland issued the temporary closure.

The parks will now receive “needed repairs” and will reopen when they are ready for “all to enjoy,” police said.

Portland Parks & Recreation said the following on the closure for repairs: 

"The City has temporarily closed Chapman and Lownsdale Squares (under City Code Title 20.12.190) to conduct necessary repairs and maintenance. Public restrooms in the parks were closed but have been broken into and vandalized and are no longer functional. The parks’ grass, benches, public art, and other park amenities have been severely vandalized, and need immediate attention. 

Portland Parks & Recreation staff work hard to maintain and repair public assets. Parks are community spaces which belong to everyone, and it is our responsibility to ensure that they are safe for all community members, and well-cared for as community gathering spaces and environmental assets.

The park closures will remain in effect until the City determines that the areas are safe and that repairs and replacement have been completed."

The closure extends to the curb lines surrounding the parks, police said, so pedestrians are urged to use the sidewalks across from the parks instead.

Chapman Square Park and Lownsdale Square Park are located a block from the Justice Center.

Protests outside and near the Justice Center have been ongoing since late May.

Portland police said that nine people were arrested Thursday:

  • Megan Smith, 36, on charges of interfering with a police officer and second-degree trespassing
  • Kristina Narando-Rivera, 34, on a charge of second-degree disorderly conduct
  • Parker Giles, 25, on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer
  • Carly Ballard, 34, on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a Police Officer
  • Andrew Duran, 18, on charges of interfering with a police officer and second-degree trespassing
  • Brandon Thomas, 36, on charges of interfering with a police officer and second-degree trespassing
  • Lauren Davis, 29, on a charge of second-degree disorderly conduct
  • Krystin Brunson, 33, on a charge of interfering with a police officer
  • Brandon Paape, 30, on a charge of interfering with a police officer

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(13) comments

Roberto Estrello Demar

So ... how much will this "party" have cost the good People of Portland before it is all over? And ... WHAT are we going to DO about it? WHO are we going to hold responsible? WHO's utter failures in City and State Government and/or culpability from the Private sector ... WHO is a part of instigating this mass destruction of public resources? Do we have any DA's, prosecutors, or judges with the stones to issue punishments commensurate with the crimes? WHO has been giving aid, shelter, sustenance and comfort to these criminals? Or is City Government just going to sweep it under the carpet ... AGAIN?

Portland's hue of "blue" politics and Special interests needs to be swept OUT of town!

Terrell Higgs

The head of Homeland Security is in town and spoke out about the lack of leadership that is holding back the police, of course Kate Brown at once blamed Trump. What a joke she and local leaders are.

sagebrush

There are some nice trees in this area. They would be perfect for hanging these dirt bags.

PDX2MtHood

No apparently the parks belong to vagrants and thugs where they can camp and do drugs with zero consequences and the taxpayers have to pick up the tab.

pb sir

It's about time... of course the City waits until everything is completely trashed before doing anything at all. Apparently, we did not learn anything from the "Occupy" mess a few years ago... but even those fools were not as destructive as these rocket scientists.

Frederick Fukov

I just bought three "Trumpy Bears," one for Kate, one for Ted, and one for Joann.

Frederick Fukov

Geezus H..look what these [censored]ing losers have done to our city. And many of them are not even from here. They are being financially supported by rich elites of the radical left, to cause this chaos and mayhem, because they actually believe it's going to help them win the election in November. THAT is how insane they are. I look at those pictures of the former Elk Statue..and it looks like a bombed out part of the middle east. What did the Elk Statue have to do with Black Lives Matter? Did the Elk own slaves? It just makes me want to go down to City Hall, walk into Joann's and Ted's offices, and slap 'em around. Ya know, they would NEVER allow their own staff members to be treated the way they're treating the police officers right now. That is just sick and disgusting. Unbelievable how out of touch with reality these people are.

Just curious

Rich Demos? You got that all mixed up. The Repubs are the Richest, that's why they don't want to share their money with us peons.

Frederick Fukov

Seriously? Soros, Bezos, Zuckerman, Obama, The Clintons, Biden, Pelosi, Schiff, Schumer, O'Rourke, etc, etc..Not to mention the Hollywood elites.

Tell me, how does one only become rich once they spend decades in politics? Certainly most of the ones who have been in for decades are living WAY beyond their tax payer provided salaries. So just where does that other money come from?

Funny thing about the rich liberals in their gated communities. They point the finger at republicans, but republicans are about jobs, which (prior to covid) were raising the economic level of (get this) the lower income bracket by 15%. When's the last time the dems every accomplished that? Oh heII now..contrast that to when Obummer was in office, and 13 million more people were on public assistance. Nice try.

lanquan

Only took Mayor Wheeler and "I hate the Police" Hardesty 48 days to get a grip on reality! Thousands and thousands of dollars damages, destruction and continued violence.

Frederick Fukov

Thousands of dollars? Dude..it's in the millions. Estimate of the damage to both public and private property around the city, plus overtime labor, etc..was 5.6 mil, and that was a couple of weeks ago.

NopeTrain

No, it only took the President going full Les Grossman and telling them to get their (rioting) actors under control or he was going to come down here and do it.

Frederick Fukov

Yeah, while Wheeler goes REX Grossman.

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