PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Opposing groups gathered in downtown Portland on Saturday, leading to marches, violence, a large police presence and the closure of Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Police said three people were arrested in connection with the demonstrations that lasted for hours Saturday, with more arrests possible.
The arrested suspects were identified as:
- Gage Halupowski, 23, on charges of second-degree assault and assault on a public safety officer.
- James K. Stocks, 21, on the charge of harassment.
- Maria C. Dehart, 23, on the charge of second-degree disorderly conduct and harassment.
By 1 p.m., dozens of people arrived at Pioneer Courthouse Square as part of a “Him Too” rally.
Opposing groups, including Rose City Antifa and the Democratic Socialists of America of Portland, also gathered in downtown as part of a planned counter-protest.
The Portland Police Bureau notified the public about the planned demonstrations, but noted there were no permits issued for marches.
Shortly after 1 p.m., the counter-protesters began marching and chanting in the streets. Police warned that people would be arrested for not following their commands.
By 1:30 p.m., police reported seeing "violent activity." Marchers were advised to return to Lownsdale Square.
Now filling 3rd Ave. and turning onto Jefferson, completely blocking the street pic.twitter.com/s9bDSfxq3L— Audrey Weil (@audreytweil) June 29, 2019
The group eventually convened at Waterfront Park, before marching again into the streets.
Some people threw trash cans, newspaper stands, and patio furniture into the street pic.twitter.com/QGN9UPE88O— Audrey Weil (@audreytweil) June 29, 2019
As the march continued, police were seen surrounding Pioneer Square in an effort to prevent a clash between the opposing groups.
Police said officers had been hit with eggs and milkshakes. They also reported that "violent assaults" had taken place. Police said there were reports of pepper spray and bear spray used by people in the crowd.
After the groups seemed to briefly disperse by 3 p.m., police were seen again working to separate protesters at Pioneer Square. The Portland Police Bureau then announced Pioneer Square was shut down and everyone on the property was ordered to leave.
The situation was called an “unlawful assembly and civil disturbance” by police. Anyone who did not leave was “subject to arrest or use of force.”
Another person cuffed with zip ties. Police used what looked like pepper spray to disperse the crowd. They’re now asking anyone who witnessed violent assaults to report it to @PortlandPolice pic.twitter.com/GQwZ8ME3Xz— Audrey Weil (@audreytweil) June 29, 2019
The bulk of the demonstrators appeared to soon disperse, however tensions continued to be evident between remaining protesters and police near Pioneer Square at around 4 p.m.
Police deployed pepper spray and several people were seen being taken into custody with their hands zip-tied by officers.
Portland Police just used what looked like pepper spray to disperse the crowd near Pioneer Courthouse Square. This man was hit with it. pic.twitter.com/qlni1uAN4S— Brian MacMillan (@BMacTV) June 29, 2019
Police said they learned that milkshakes thrown during the protests contained quick-drying cement.
Portland Fire & Rescue medics were embedded with police to provide fast medical assistance, as needed. The medics treated eight people, including three police officers.
Three people were treated at area hospitals after being assaulted with weapons.
Two officers were hit with pepper spray and received treatment. Another officer was punched in the arm by a demonstrator. An additional officer received a minor head injury from a projectile.
If you witnessed the violent assaults that occurred on SW Morrison between 5th and 6th Avenues, or have any video links, please send us the information. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with information.— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) June 29, 2019
Victims of a crime during these protest events are encouraged to file a police report by contacting non-emergency dispatch at 503-823-3333.
Police said they are aware of crimes that were recorded and broadcast by some media outlets. Investigators said they will be following up on those cases and more arrests are possible.
Roads were blocked and TriMet reported delays for all lines through the Portland City Center due to protest activity.
Nearly one year ago to the day, dueling protests in downtown Portland led police to declare that situation a riot.
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