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Tear gas used on Portland protesters, 1 man injured

(Update: Mother says man seriously injured; governor, senators' statements)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police say federal law enforcement officers used tear gas and crowd control munitions on people protesting near Portland’s federal courthouse during a protest that started Saturday night.

Police say federal officers at the courthouse asked for help from city police at about 2 a.m. Sunday after some protesters resisted arrest and some threw bottles.

Police say the crowd dispersed about an hour later.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that friends and family of a demonstrator say the 26-year-old man was struck in the head and injured by an impact munition fired by authorities. 

KPTV reported that the man's mother said her son was seriously hurt and may have brain injuries after a federal officer shot him in the head with an impact munition on Saturday.

Gov. Kate Brown issued a statement after viewing video of the incident on Twitter, calling it "the tragic and avoidable result of President Donald Trump, for weeks, continuing to push for force and violence in response to protests."

Sen. Ron Wyden also commented, saying, “The consequences of Donald Trump unilaterally dispatching fed’l law enforcement into U.S. Cities played out in Portland w/a peaceful protester shot in the head. Trump & Homeland Security must now answer why fed’l officers are acting like an occupying army.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley wrote on Twitter, “Given Trump’s misuse of force against protesters outside the White House and elsewhere, the deployment of federal agents in Portland raises serious concerns. We need answers.”

One person was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully pointing a laser.

On Friday evening, one person was taken into custody after allegedly hitting a federal officer in the head and shoulder with a hammer during a protest at a nearby federal building. 


Portland Police Bureau news release:

Portland Police arrested one person during evening demonstration downtown
Portland Police Bureau - 07/12/20 3:56 AM

At about 8:30 pm on July 11, 2020 a group of people congregated along SW 3rd Ave between SW Main and SW Salmon Streets. People in the group blocked SW 3rd Ave throughout the evening and into the early morning of July 12. The group focused most of its attention on the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse and the federal officers inside. At times during the course of five or more hours federal officers deployed munitions and CS gas, utilized an LRAD and made arrests.

At about 2:00am Portland Police officers responded when federal officers called for help because people were resisting arrest and people in the crowd were throwing bottles at federal officers near SW Main and SW 3rd. The Portland Police made public address announcements to leave and that the area between SW Naito to SW Broadway and SW Columbia to SW Harvey Milk was closed due to criminal activity.

Portland Police monitored the crowd over the next hour, repeating public address announcements to leave the area. People lit fires in trash cans and dumpsters but no structures were threatened. The crowd finally dispersed by about 3:20am.

Portland Police made one arrest, 19 year old Tristen McColley, at about 10:20pm near SW 5/SW Yamhill. Mr. McCauley was arrested for ORS 163.709 Unlawful Pointing of a Laser.

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25 Comments

  1. When these people start destroying things, breaking into businesses and stealing items, assaulting LEO, they become rioters and looters and need “dispersed” by whatever means it takes.

      1. Hell barney, you can’t even mention them beating a cop in the head with a hammer? Because it wasn’t in the police press release? We have federal law enforcement here, why not ask them their thoughts? How much money is Kate’s team funneling to the station?

  2. How is the rioter hitting a cop in in the head with a hammer any less local than a rioter getting hit in the head by impact munition to control the riot?

  3. All the Trump haters should be cheering on these riots. That’s your team, Bernie Bros, Green New Deal. Biden. This is what you are voting into office. Wyden and Merkley are trying to blame Trump for this, give me a break. Try telling these people to knock this off. No one in the Democratic party is speaking out about this. These are not Trump supporters burning down Portland.

  4. Stupid rioters Trump isn’t to blame they won’t quit destroying the taxpayers property. Blame the dumb mayor and governor and also the two goons we have as senators. These are not peaceful protests they are a bunch of jerks trying to destroy America. Trump 2020

  5. So Brown, Wyden, and Merkley apparently think it is better to allow the rioters the ability to break and destroy than to have them go home? For real protestors to be effective they need to be seen and heard – who is going to see them at 2am? Strong suspicion that the injured guy would not have been hurt if he had left when asked. But in today’s world we see part of the result of our school kids being taught that nobody can touch them, for the last 20 plus years. It is a real awakening for some when they find out there is a reaction to every action, positive or negative, in the real world.

  6. When you protest on a freeway blocking traffic it should come as no surprise that you could get hit by a car. When you attend a protest even if you are being peaceful however others are throwing rocks, bottles and starting fires it should come as no surprise that you might become collateral damage. When I am at the gun range I choose not to walk down range when others are shooting. I suspect if I did and I got hit it Kate, Tina and Wyden would blame everybody but the actual person that is at fault.

    1. Right you are! Personal responsibility is out the door these days, and a verbal offense is the same as physical with these soft young adults. Its very sad that the business owners and people living downtown have to put up with this for over a month and a half.

  7. Most of the goons that comment on this type of story have NO clue what is actually happening; only what right-wing propaganda tells them.
    These protests are peaceful until police declare it a “riot”. Then they open fire and aim for the heads of protesters that are trying to get away.
    I’m reminded again of an old poem:
    First they came for the Communists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Communist

    Then they came for the Socialists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Socialist

    Then they came for the trade unionists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a trade unionist

    Then they came for the Jews
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Jew

    Then they came for me
    And there was no one left
    To speak out for me

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