having just reached the corner of second and alder in downtown portland, i was trapped by a couple of police lines blocking the street on all sides. police warned folks not to cross the lines from either side and through traffic to go around the blockade using other streets (and bridges). a girl next to me was screaming, "there's a baby in there! you @#$%$'s teargassed a baby". when i reached the line on the east side of the street, there was a raging tear-soaked man pleading with the police to let him through. in his arms was a baby, and behind him, supported by two people, at least one of whom was a family member, was his wounded wife or daughter.
he yelled at the police for some time while i was standing nearby, and it seemed that he had been yelling at them for quite some time before i got there. finally the cop let the man and his child pass, though he had to push through to get free. the police refused passage to the woman with him, however, for another few minutes. after more stringent protest, from the man and the crowd on both sides, the officers let the woman and her supporters (she was barely standing) pass. the whole family looked like refugees from a war in a distant country, and the baby was very quiet.