The march had recently ended, most of the people had gone home, and the cameras were, for the most part, off. This is when the police acted. Three police officers who had been standing on the west sidewalk of the pioneer square, (Maby fifteen feet away) who had appearantly singeld out one of the SAA members earlyer, swooped down and pulled her to the side of the small, stunned group she was with. Exclaiming "This is an arrest" the police soon had her, the activist put up no struggle. Several people near the center of the square noticed what was happening, and hurried to the scene. "What the hell is going on?" Everyone asked, and a few demanded to let her go. The police soon had thier peper spray pointed at the crowd, and they began to drag her to a nearby car. I was three feet from the arrest and, quite frankly, rather scared.
Outraged, we asked to know what she had done, which, of course, they didn't reply to. The car she was now in quickly took off, and more people came to see what was going on. The police stood defensivly for a moment, until the car was gone, and then started back towards thier cars. One of the crowd members yelled for the security officer, and then for thier I.D. cards and names. The police didn't even look at them. Several people got infront of them, took down thier badge I.D.s and names, and then thier license plate numbers.
Several news groups were promptly called, as well as porltand cop watch.
By that time it was obvious that they had taken her because, aside from clearly helping to direct the march, she had a camera, which they now had. We demanded the camera back, so they locked it in thier trunk. After some abusive comands on thier parts, they took off, several people trailing the cars, writing down information. (This occured at around 6:00)
It is not right for the police to single and pick off individuals who have been documenting, it is not right to refuse cooperation with the law they supposedly enforce. They did not give us the information we had a right to, and we will not tollerate this injustice.
Earlyer several police men had violently draged a protester off of his bike after pushing him with thier car, we are looking into this as well. It is utterly rediculouse that people should have to be concerned with failing eductaion AND unlawfull cops!
Let us hope Sally and Joe get out soon, and lets hope this gets looked at! And pleace excuse my terrible spelling, I was in a hurry, and I can't spell.
EDUCATION IS LIBERATION! MOST OF THOSE COPS PROBABLY GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL, WE WOULD LIKE TO AS WELL!