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Report from the March Against Police Violence

Violence erupts at protest against police, marchers horribly outnumbered.
Before the protest even began, the police were in sure form: one officer charged a young girl and pushed her violently, leaving her bleeding from an abrasion on her knee. Her companions reported that the officer would not give them his badge number, but that his last name was "Weinberger." Another officer arrested a protester for throwing a cigarrette butt in the park.

When perhaps 20 protesters had gathered, the march commenced, led by a banner reading "Every Cop A Murderer, Every Judge An Acomplice." By my best count, 30 cops persued at this time, lining the street in blue and yellow and ordering protesters to stay on the sidewalk. The ranks of both protesters and police continued to grow quickly, swelling to 50 in black-bloc. 35+ Officers on bikes hedged the block, with 6 more on horseback and at least 7 patrol cars. A few private security guards were in attendance, sticking to the far corners and looking uncertain.

At approximately 7:40pm, at the corner of 9th & Stark, a confusing melee broke out. Pepper spray could be seen shooting high above the crowd, pushing, punching, shoving, screaming. Many protesters ran in all directions. From my vantage point the cause of the conflict was uncertain, but it was noted by several observers that both sides were aggitated. I witnessed 3 arrests at this point, including a very young girl. Protesters reported her age as 14 years old. Another arrestee was not moving, nearly unconcious, and had to be carried by the police, his feet dragging behind. One officer pushed a protester violently, commanding him to remain on the sidewalk. I hope other observers make their vantage points known, as their was considerable violence I could not clearly see.

As the protesters regrouped in Obryant Park, more police arrived: 20 in full riot gear, perhaps 10 more afoot or on bikes, and at least 10 patrol cars with the sirens of many more approaching in the distance. I counted 58 officers at this time.

The 15 remaining protesters gathered their comrads and spirits and began marching around the adjecent blocks, eventually toward Pioneer Square. Concerted chants of "Fuck The Police!" and "A-C-B! All Cops are Bastards!" seemed to rattle some onlookers while others only gawked in awe. More than a few put their fists in the air in solidarity.

By 8:25 12 protesters remained, stopping breifly at Pioneer Square. At least 26 police officers continued to fence their every move. Patrol cars roared in every direction, a large paddy-wagon rolled slowly by as 20 Riot Police clung to the sides of another truck.

From this point the marchers continued down 3rd Ave and eventually up Burnside to 12th Ave where a wall of police greeted them, forbidding them to pass. The protesters eventually reversed their course via Stark St and returned to Pioneer Square.

By 9:30 perhaps a dozen protesters remained, holding their sign in front of the courthouse, appearing exhausted. The police began to disperse.

info@flashalert.net 08.Apr.2011 13:58

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News Release from: Portland Police Bureau
UPDATE ON ARRESTS IN THURSDAY'S PROTEST
Posted: April 8th, 2011 10:40 AM

Portland Police arrested 11 adults and one juvenile on Thursday, April 7, 2011, after approximately 40 anti-police protesters marched from the south parks blocks through downtown Portland. Portland Police report that the downtown area was very busy last night unrelated to the protest, with many community members enjoying various entertainment events. Police were successful in preventing property damage to local businesses and reported and no community members were injured.

Firework type incendiary devices were thrown at officers by protesters; officers were able to arrest some individuals who were observed throwing these devices. A couple of police officers suffered minor injuries while making arrests.

The following arrests were made in last night's protest:

* A 15-year-old girl, charged with: Attempted Assault on a Police Officer; Interfering with a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct and Harassment
* 22-year-old Michael Hilton, charged with: Offensive Littering
* 31-year-old Dennison Williams, charged with: Assault on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct
* 19-year-old Vincent Porter, charged with: Interfering with a Police Officer
* 24-year-old Bryan Weideman, charged with: Disorderly Conduct
* 26-year-old Nicholas Kelley, charged with: Disorderly Conduct and Attempted Assault on a Police Officer
* 22-year-old John Jerry, charged with: Interfering with a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest
* 18-year-old Steven Brown, charged with: Interfering with a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest
* 19-year-old Paul Rogalsky, charged with: Offensive Littering

The following people were arrested on charges unrelated to the protest:
* 19-year-old Skyler Gibb was arrested on an outstanding warrant
* 24-year-old James Tomlinson was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance
* 26-year-old Laurae Paterni was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance

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show details 8:41 PM
News Release from: Portland Police Bureau
PORTLAND POLICE MAKE SEVERAL ARRESTS DURING PROTEST
Posted: April 7th, 2011 8:40 PM

This evening, Thursday April 7, 2011, Portland Police have been monitoring a protest in Downtown Portland and have made nearly a dozen arrests. No reports of any property damage or injuries at this point. Some vehicular traffic has been affected as the protestors have moved around in the Southwest Downtown Portland area.

Full details of the arrests will be made available on Friday morning.

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Related post about protest & police violence 08.Apr.2011 14:19

Ben Waiting

This post is related to the protest against police use of violence in Portland on 4/7/11
As mentioned in this first hand report - the police were using violence

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/04/407612.shtml?discuss

Need witnesses, video, word on those who might want movement lawyers 09.Apr.2011 13:03

stu sugarman quixote516@yahoo.com

Thanks for this very helpful report. At yesterday's arraignment, I talked with four defendants, two of whom opted for movement lawyers and two who ultimately went with court appointed lawyers. Now that the criminal defense has begun, I hope we can work together to ensure eventual victory in court. Although the idea of working with the system may be distasteful to you, I hope you'll agree that knowing you helped your brothers and sisters who risked life and limb to keep the police at bay will be a joy you will never forget. With all of us working together, they can be found not guilty of the charges the Man has leveled against them.

1) If you witnessed the event, we want to talk with you. Please call my # or email me (email's better) and let me know what you saw. Please leave your name and number and email address. I'm primarily interested in knowing what police or activist behavior occurred before and during any arrest.

2) If you have any video or photographic recording of the arrests, we want to see that video or those photographs. Please call my # or email me (email's better) and let me know how I can get a copy of the video or set of photos.

3) Of the arrestees listed in this announcement, we've only had any knowledge or contact with 5. If any of you know the other 5, and if they're interested in getting a movement lawyer, I've got plenty available. Please ask them to contact me.

Thanks for reading,

stu

503.228.6655

What About the Aftermath? 14.Apr.2011 14:21

Rick R

Who cares about any political ideologies? This was a peaceful protest that was met with violent crime and miscarriage of law. One week later and nothing to see but a lump in Portland's rug where it was swept under. We need anyone to volunteer updated info about what happened, who did it, why they did it, and who should be held responsible. Who else looks like they're not paying any attention to this? Chief Reese? Mayor Adams? Governor Kitzhaber? Any of the Democrats? Are the people we had voted into office now letting us down? This is not all about anarchy or liberalism. If a neighbor you know got pulled off the street and disappeared, would it make any difference to you whether your neighbor is a hardline conservative, an average mainstreamer or anything else? Please, neighbors and citizens, look maround and bring here whatever you can find.

Reposting from a FB page - PDX police pepper spray protesters 2011 05.Jun.2011 18:18

Ben Waiting

 http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150150755037750


Portland: Arrests and beatings during anti-police demonstration.


by Denver Anarchist Black Cross on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 9:30am
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Before the protest even began, the police were in sure form: one officer charged a young girl and pushed her violently, leaving her bleeding from an abrasion on her knee. Her companions reported that the officer would not give them his badge number, but that his last name was "Weinberger." Another officer arrested a protester for throwing a cigarrette butt in the park.

When perhaps 20 protesters had gathered, the march commenced, led by a banner reading "Every Cop A Murderer, Every Judge An Acomplice." By my best count, 30 cops persued at this time, lining the street in blue and yellow and ordering protesters to stay on the sidewalk. The ranks of both protesters and police continued to grow quickly, swelling to 50 in black-bloc. 35+ Officers on bikes hedged the block, with 6 more on horseback and at least 7 patrol cars. A few private security guards were in attendance, sticking to the far corners and looking uncertain.

At approximately 7:40pm, at the corner of 9th & Stark, a confusing melee broke out. Pepper spray could be seen shooting high above the crowd, pushing, punching, shoving, screaming. Many protesters ran in all directions. From my vantage point the cause of the conflict was uncertain, but it was noted by several observers that both sides were aggitated. I witnessed 3 arrests at this point, including a very young girl. Protesters reported her age as 14 years old. Another arrestee was not moving, nearly unconcious, and had to be carried by the police, his feet dragging behind. One officer pushed a protester violently, commanding him to remain on the sidewalk. I hope other observers make their vantage points known, as their was considerable violence I could not clearly see.

As the protesters regrouped in Obryant Park, more police arrived: 20 in full riot gear, perhaps 10 more afoot or on bikes, and at least 10 patrol cars with the sirens of many more approaching in the distance. I counted 58 officers at this time.

The 15 remaining protesters gathered their comrads and spirits and began marching around the adjecent blocks, eventually toward Pioneer Square. Concerted chants of "Fuck The Police!" and "A-C-B! All Cops are Bastards!" seemed to rattle some onlookers while others only gawked in awe. More than a few put their fists in the air in solidarity.

By 8:25 12 protesters remained, stopping breifly at Pioneer Square. At least 26 police officers continued to fence their every move. Patrol cars roared in every direction, a large paddy-wagon rolled slowly by as 20 Riot Police clung to the sides of another truck.

From this point the marchers continued down 3rd Ave and eventually up Burnside to 12th Ave where a wall of police greeted them, forbidding them to pass. The protesters eventually reversed their course via Stark St and returned to Pioneer Square.

By 9:30 perhaps a dozen protesters remained, holding their sign in front of the courthouse, appearing exhausted. The police began to disperse.

PPA Press Release:

News Release from: Portland Police Bureau
UPDATE ON ARRESTS IN THURSDAY'S PROTEST
Posted: April 8th, 2011 10:40 AM

Portland Police arrested 11 adults and one juvenile on Thursday, April 7, 2011, after approximately 40 anti-police protesters marched from the south parks blocks through downtown Portland. Portland Police report that the downtown area was very busy last night unrelated to the protest, with many community members enjoying various entertainment events. Police were successful in preventing property damage to local businesses and reported and no community members were injured.

Firework type incendiary devices were thrown at officers by protesters; officers were able to arrest some individuals who were observed throwing these devices. A couple of police officers suffered minor injuries while making arrests.