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Protesters march through downtown Portland, express anger at police

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    Protesters march through downtown Portland, express anger at police
    By Bryan Denson, The Oregonian
    March 30, 2010, 11:09AM
    .A group of protesters marched through downtown Portland for more than four hours Monday evening, expressing anger at Portland police in connection with a pair of police-involved shootings in recent months.

    By night's end, police had taken at least eight protesters into custody at various locations as the group wound its way through downtown and eventually across the Willamette River to the Lloyd Center area on the east side.

    The group, calling itself Black Bloc, first gathered about 5 p.m.in the South Park Blocks, near Southwest Salmon Street and Park Avenue. Protesters then began marching toward the Willamette River, chanting slogans and carrying signs.

    About 200 people took part, many of them wearing masks.

    One of the most common chants was "Cops, pigs, murderers" while another was "When cops attack, stand up, fight back."


    View full sizeBryan Denson/The OregonianTwo of the protesters hold a sign up in the South Park Blocks before the start of the march.Police accompanied the group, using bicycles and horses to keep marchers on sidewalks as they walked through downtown on a rectangular route that took them past the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, the Justice Center and the Edith Green Federal Building.

    The protest was the latest of several that have happened in Portland in connection with two recent police shootings.

    It was reportedly organized by the Cascadia Convergence Network, which called online for a protest march to mark the second month anniversary of Aaron Campbell’s shooting.

    The Black Bloc also posted plans for Monday’s protest, advising members how to split up and evade police detection by bringing a change of clothing.


    Police were trying to identify those in the crowd who had damaged property


    The first shooting happened Friday, Jan. 29, when Officer Ron Frashour shot and killed Campbell in the parking lot of a Northeast Portland apartment building in a situation that started out as a welfare check. Frashour said he thought Campbell was reaching into his waistband for a weapon.

    The second took place Monday, March 22, when Officer Jason Walters shot and killed Jack Dale Collins, a homeless man who reportedly had been causing a disturbance in Hoyt Arboretum. The officer fired on Collins when he advanced toward him with a knife.



    During Monday evening's event, police had trouble keeping the protesters on sidewalks and some property damage took place. About 6 p.m., someone broke a window in the Bank of America office at Southwest Fifth Avenue and Main Street.

    After leaving the Park Blocks, marchers went east on Salmon to Third, turned south on Third, then turned west on Columbia Boulevard. From there, they marched to Sixth, where they turned north.

    They eventually headed back toward the Park Blocks and walked toward the Portland State University campus.

    Protesters then marched through the Smith Memorial Student Union building. What follows is a running chronology of Monday evening's events, as reported by Oregonian staffers in the field:


    Bryan Denson /The OregonianThe last few protesters arrive by MAX train in the Galleria area downtown, cold, wet and footsore.10:37 p.m. A MAX train carried the remaining 15 protesters uneventfully back to the Galleria area. They made plans to gather again at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Justice Center.

    10:15 p.m. Protesters gathered in the Lloyd Center area after crossing the Steel Bridge. Their numbers were down to about 50 after hours on their feet. But the stalwarts kept on moving after waiting for some stragglers to catch up.

    In a few minutes they arrived at the Rose Quarter, hoping to catch a westbound MAX train. A TriMet representative told them he wasn't sure any trains would run for them.

    A few minutes later the TriMet representatives asked for a show of hands by those who wanted to take a train home. He cautioned them against any misbehavior, saying that a bus and police would be waiting when the train crossed the river.

    10 p.m. Protesters were at the Skidmore Fountain under the Burnside Bridge.

    Max Bruschi, 17, a Portland high school student, spent most of the night carrying a large black flag on a wooden pole to lead marchers.

    Asked what they had accomplished, he said, " We showed this city we have a voice in the police force."

    9:26 p.m. Police pulled back briefly, and protesters took over Southwest Second Street and marched the wrong way to Stark, blocking traffic. There police forced them back onto the sidewalk.

    9:23 p.m. Protesters are on Morrison Street between Third and Fourth avenues.

    8:52 p.m.: Protesters moved to the intersection of Southwest Salmon Street and Fifth Avenue, saying they planed to stay there. But quickly, police pushed the group back on the sidewalks.

    8:49 p.m.: The crowd was across Third Avenue from the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse, pushing against the police. One man was on the ground. There's a lot of tension in the crowd as police took away a man away with blood all over his face. One officer got knocked down near the corner of Southwest Salmon Street and Third. The protesters shouted, "Get those animals off those horses," referring to the mounted police.

    8:01 p.m. Protesters sprinted to Chapman Square, just across Third Avenue from the Justice Center. They continued to shout at police. Then they went into the street and tried to reach the Hatfield Courthouse but were forced off the street by police with bicycles.

    Among them was Tamara Murphy, 20, of North Portland, who ended up in a nose-to-nose standoff with two officers after she was shoved to the sidewalk. Murphy shouted obscenities and demanded to be let back on the street.

    Later in an interview she said, " He asked me to get on the sidewalk by pushing me. That is not a good way to make anyone do anything."

    Murphy said she had never been in this sort of confrontation before but was protesting because "loved ones were being subjected to police brutality."

    7:54 p.m. A second protester was taken into custody at Southwest Oak and Sixth. Police pushed him down hard after he confronted some officers and thrust his bicycle at them.

    7:51 p.m. Police pushed a protester to the ground near Southwest Oak Street and Sixth Avenue after he approached them.

    7:39 p.m. The crowd appeared to have grown to about 200 people at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Meanwhile, a dozen police gathered in the middle of the street at Southwest Yamhill and Sixth, apparently to keep the Transit Mall open.


    View full sizeBryan Denson/The OregonianProtesters and mounted officers clash with one another in downtown Portland during Monday's event.7:29 p.m. Once they arrived at PSU, police could be heard making plans to contain protesters on the campus. But the protesters broke through and came running the wrong way down the middle of Jefferson, chanting that they owned the streets.

    After being on the move for two hours, the lead group ended up in Pioneer Courthouse Square chanting: “Who is to blame? Police!"

    7:20 p.m. The protesters ran down Jefferson Street against traffic. Bus 58 stopped to let the crowd through. The crowd shouted, "Whose streets? Our streets!" Officers were letting them take the street.

    7:15 p.m. Among the protesters was a young man who gave his name as Joey Whiting, 20, of Southwest Portland.

    "Ultimately, they (police) did instigate this," said Whiting while in the middle of a crowd at Southwest Columbia and 12th Avenue. "People are finally sick of it."

    Whiting said he is a student at Portland Community College and considers himself an anarchist. He had anarchy symbols on his jacket.

    "I am tired of being ... stepped on is what it comes down to," he said.

    Asked what he would like police to do differently, Whiting said: "I'd like them to change. They are on this power trip."


    View full sizeMike Rogoway/The OregonianA man stands outside the Bank of America, where someone threw a rock through a window during Monday's protest event.7:01 p.m. Protesters pushed a large green dumpster out onto Columbia near 12th. Police closedColumbia and appeared to be using their horses and mountain bikes to herd the crowd.

    6:53 p.m. Police hemmed in about 75 of the protesters near the intersection of 12th and Jefferson.

    6:50 p.m. Marchers headed north on 12th Avenue, followed by at least eight police officers on horseback.

    6:45 p.m. Police took a man into custody at Southwest 12th and Jefferson, pushing him down to the street and handcuffing him as the protesters shouted, "Let him go."

    6:45 p.m.: Some members of the group began to leave the campus and were heading toward 12th Avenue, which borders the west side of PSU. Some were reportedly northbound on 13th Avenue.

    6:30 p.m.: Eight patrol cars zipped south on Broadway through downtown toward the PSU campus, apparently to try to help contain the protesters. Police were also using mounted officers and bicycle officers to help control the group.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/03/protesters_march_through_downt.html
     
  2. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

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    Heck if the police were everything that they claimed them to be, there would have been a hail of bullets aimed at them. Miscreants!!:steamed:
     

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    SPDSNYPR Zippy's Friend.

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    That pretty well sums it up.
     
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    The professional hardcore protestors behind this protest are just warming up for the soon-to-start protest season around the world.
     
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    What kills me is you have some loud mouthed 20 year old "anarchist" that just says he wants the police to change, and that they are on some kind of power trip, but wouldn't (couldn't?) say WHAT he'd like changed. :dunno:

    I just don't understand how the folks that can take time away from work and/or school (heh heh :whistling:) to take part in this kind of nonsense can think it's acceptable to damage property, disrupt the operation of the city at large, and try to force confrontations with authority, but they're the first to scream and holler when you're called out for a disturbance that "this is my house" and "you don't come up in my house acting any way you want." Hmmmm... isn't that exactly what YOU'RE doing?

    What makes me the saddest is that they never will see how immature and ignorant they are by taking part in this sort of foolishness. It literally does nothing but make you, your cause and by extension anyone associated with you look like you're incapable of being trusted and acting like responsible adults. Oh wait... Heh, nevermind. :whistling:
     
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    It just keeps getting better, don't it?
    Meet force with force, it's the only language these leftist anarchist wussies understand. They push and push until you push back harder, then they scurry on home and cry to the first race pimp or bleeding heart media outlet about repression.
     
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    This is getting worse and worse for the PPB guys. Jesse Jackson is on his second trip to the city, and nothing good ever comes out of his mouth. They're screwing with the civilian review board, now giving them the responsibility of suggesting discipline... not a great time to be a Portland copper. Only going to get worse while they have their current chief.
     
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    Race pimping at its finest, Jesse is in town!
     
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    "Quote"The group, calling itself Black Bloc(k), (they can't spell)[/COLOR]first gathered about 5 p.m.

    About 200 people took part, many of them wearing masks.

    One of the most common chants was "Cops, pigs, murderers" while another was "When cops attack, stand up, fight back."Quote"


    When people wear masks during protesters, they are only looking for trouble. Hiding your face means you want to make it hard to be identified during criminal activities or they just didn't want people to know they either can't spell or are Commies.(spelling of block):whistling::rofl:
     
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    steveksux Massive Member

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    I just want to state for the record my solidarity with the protesters...

    If homeless guys advancing on cops with a knife aren't safe from police harassment, none of us are safe..

    Randy
     
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    You mean just like when Hamas or Hezbollah wear masks they're not just looking for meaningful dialogue???? :supergrin:
     
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    good to see its as worse in the US as it is in Europe... I thought we have the only left wing idiot protesters here, running around destroying everything in their way.
    The biggest problem in my opinion, is that these scum and ****bags are protected by left wing parties all around the world.
    It would be ok for them to kill an officer, but it would never be ok for the officer to defend himself.

    Good to know that its only one month until I am in the riot unit.. we get our revenge time every couple of weeks.. yep.. :supergrin:
     
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    I think in the U.S. we are more fortunate that Europe. IIRC, more U.S. anarchists holiday in Europe for the summer than European anarchists to the U.S.
     
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    VinVega Duct Tape?

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    Isn't this fairly common in the pacific northwest?
     
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    Sounds like de-policing is going to hit Portland pretty quick.
     
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    The "non-violent" protesters also caused $20,000 damage to the PPB Union HQ
     
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    Or, Crips?
     
  18. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

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    It just keeps getting better, don't it?
    I miss water cannons and billy clubs... ah... riot and crowd control... old school!
     
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    What a bunch of tools. Hopefully their gubment cheese will be rancid this month.
     
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    The mask wearing anarchists should all walk with a limp.