Portland, Oregon, 10 people arrested after protesters pepper sprayed by police, forced out of city hall

by KATU.com Staff

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Ten people have been arrested following "disturbances" inside and outside of Portland City Hall Wednesday.

For the past several weeks, activists with Don't Shoot PDX and Black Lives Matter have been asking Mayor Charlie Hales to hold off on voting on a new Portland Police union contract until mayor-elect Ted Wheeler gets into office.

Hales, along with Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman, said passing the contract was "critical" to filling upcoming vacancies in the bureau. Protesters have taken issue with several aspects of the contract, namely a clause they say would allow officers to review body camera footage before writing reports.

However, Commissioner Nick Fish told KATU News nothing in the contract addresses the use of body cameras.

"It was carved out and will be discussed with the community later," Fish explained.

Activists had planned to testify against the contract in front of city council Wednesday, but they say they weren't given the chance to do so. Some of them moved their tents inside city hall, and continued protesting while council voted to pass the contract 3-1.

Officials then placed city hall on a lock-in and asked everyone to leave. Police say activists were given enough time to evacuate the building, before the situation took a dramatic turn as some sort of "projectiles" were thrown at officers.

READ MORE HERE: http://katu.com/news/local/police-force-protesters-from-portland-ci...

Portland City Council approves police contract amid unruly protest

By Brad Schmidt

Tumult ensued on the steps of Portland City Hall as police pepper-sprayed and arrested protesters in the aftermath of an unruly demonstration Wednesday over a newly approved contract for rank-and-file officers.

The scene devolved into a lengthy standoff,with dozens of protesters swarming Southwest Fifth Avenue and blocking traffic and light-rail trains until an estimated 75 officers in riot gear intervened.

Police had already shoved protesters out of City Hall, dousing some with pepper spray, after they disrupted a City Council hearing. Demonstrators wouldn't begin dispersing until just after 5 p.m., some eight hours after the unparalleled protest began. 

The source of contention: City Council's 3-1 vote for a controversial new police contract, and Mayor Charlie Hales' unprecedented maneuvering within City Hall to conduct the vote in meeting room cordoned off from protesters

READ MORE HERE: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/10/portland_city_...

Protests at Portland City Hall turn violent as new police contract approved

Published October 13, 2016

Associated Press

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/10/13/portland-police-clash-with-pro...

Portland City Hall Come To Speak Stay For The Beatings 

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Comment by Joy on October 22, 2016 at 10:01am

Portland City Hall Come To Speak Stay For The Beatings

Published on Oct 22, 2016

by Mike BlueHair

Comment by Joy on October 20, 2016 at 8:45pm

Police Forcefully Eject, Pepper Spray Protesters from Portland City Hall upon Mayor Hale's Orders

Published on Oct 20, 2016

This follows days of geomagnetic storms. Video courtesy of the Oregonian channel. Full story here

Protesters And Police Clash Outside City Hall After Portland Police Union Contract Vote

Portland police confirmed Wednesday night that the people arrested were:

  • Jonny Samuel Perez, 23, booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of assaulting a public safety officer, second-degree criminal trespass, second-degree disorderly conduct, and interfering with an emergency response.
  • Robert Lee West, 51, booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of coercion, second-degree criminal trespass and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Sarabeth Rachel Long, 38, booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of coercion, second-degree criminal trespass and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • David Kif Davis, 44, criminally cited and released for second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a public safety officer.
  • Hallie D. Bernhoft, 20, criminally cited and released for second-degree disorderly conduct and second-degree criminal trespass.
  • Carlton Smith, 43, criminally cited and released for second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Henrick De-Savy, 21, criminally cited and released for resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a public safety officer.
  • James Mattox, 27, criminally cited and released for second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a public safety officer.
  • Frank A. Martinez Jr., 24, criminally cited and released for resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly and interfering with a public safety officer.
  • Benjamin J. Kerensa, 32, criminally cited and released for second-degree theft.

Leaders with the group Dont Shoot PDX suggested their next move will be suing the city over their exclusion from some of the hearings leading up to council’s vote to ratify the contract.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.opb.org/news/article/portland-council-votes-union-contra...

Comment by Joy on October 14, 2016 at 10:23pm

Jen,

Comment by Sojourner on October 14, 2016 at 9:53pm

Raise your hand if you think this will work!

Protesters set up camp outside Mayor Hales' home, ask him to resign

http://katu.com/news/politics/protesters-set-up-camp-outside-mayor-...

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