Home World United States Portland police crack down on BLM protest, arresting dozens over fear they...

Portland police crack down on BLM protest, arresting dozens over fear they could attack precinct (VIDEOS)
Portland police crack down on BLM protest, arresting dozens over fear they could attack precinct (VIDEOS) avatar

21
0
Make your Motion!

Police in Portland took a seemingly more aggressive stance with protesters this weekend, arresting many who were marching towards a precinct over information that the gathering was a “‘direct action’ event.”

Around 75 people joined Saturday night’s protest in Northeast Portland and marched their way to North Precinct, a building which has been at the center of numerous protests that have devolved into arson and violence.

The 75 protesters on Saturday night were nearly all dressed in armor and helmets, with many even carrying shields. They blocked public roadways as they marched.

Also on rt.com One person killed after shots fired in Denver amid rival BLM & right-wing Patriot rallies, suspect in custody

Police noted in their public statement about the night’s events that, in the past, “officers have attempted to deescalate by staying far back, and not intervening when streets were blocked by crowds. That strategy has not been successful in preventing violence from individuals in the crowd who are intent on forcing officers to respond.”

The failure of this previous ‘strategy’ mixed with “information that the gathering was a planned ‘direct action’ event” drove police to intervene earlier than they normally would, with videos showing them forcing some protesters to the ground to arrest them. A total of 26 people were ultimately arrested for charges such as disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.

WARNING: VIDEOS MAY CONTAIN EXPLICIT LANGUAGE

Police in Portland aren’t messing around anymore. They arrested almost every one of these Antifa militants clustered together instead of letting them go like they normally do. pic.twitter.com/VVF3OauSub

— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 11, 2020

Critics on social media have responded to the footage by blasting police officers for acting too aggressively and too early in the matter.

“This was completely unprovoked I am too upset for words right now,” independent journalist Alissa Azar tweeted in response to footage of police arresting protesters.

If you like this story, share it with a friend!

Let's Post Your Story on Open Magazine! https://news.artmotion.com/packs/

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments