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Video: Portland Police Pepper Spray Demonstrators

November 05, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Portland Officers Clash with Protesters

Portland Police Bureau officers pepper sprayed demonstrators in Northeast Portland on Saturday while attempting to defuse a rally protesting cutbacks in city social services.

Officers confronted protesters near Lloyd Center, and were met by a raucous crowd who used ramming shields on bicycle patrol officers. One demonstrator was later arrested for attempting to steal a police bicycle.

While "free speech events" don't require a permit, marches or demonstrations on public streets that could disrupt traffic do require a permit. Organizers didn't respond to police, who attempted to contact them before the rally.

The march began at Holladay Park and proceeded west on Northeast Multnomah Street. Officers helped move the march toward Northeast 14th Avenue, where participants brought out additional ramming shields and confronted officers.

The demonstrators were seen putting on masks or goggles and multiple rows of people began using the shields to ram at the line of bicycle officers. Officers used pepper spray on the people in the front of the line who were ramming the officers.

Officers were able to pull the ramming devices away from the demonstrators and drag them away.

The ramming shields are built and designed to take direct offensive action against police, according to the bureau. Handles are installed on the back that allow for multiple people to hold and control the shield.


Comments (7)

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Sparkey @ 11/5/2012 5:38 PM

I have a hard time seeing a 4x8 piece of plywood as an offensive weapon. It looks more like it is being used to protect protesters from police, as the police were pepper spraying up and over the top of the shield.

Mel @ 11/5/2012 5:53 PM

I suppose your not an LEO by your ignorant comment

Sparkey Hater @ 11/5/2012 6:43 PM

Sparkey you are a true moron, sorry I had to sink to your level I could not help it.

Sparkey @ 11/5/2012 7:25 PM

Good crowd control defuses and de-escalates confrontations; looks like the PDX police are doing exactly the opposite of that.

And wouldn't they show the footage of it being used as a "weapon"? Rather than just letting the crowd blow off steam, the police escalate the situation putting both LEO's and protesters at risk of injury. That, my friend, seems moronic.

TripWire @ 11/5/2012 7:59 PM

Well Sparkey, if you're just here to troll then get on with it and get it out of your system. It's not as if we've never heard it all before and you won't be the last. I'm sure though that you weren't there and can't give witness to the events. Not to mention, why should anybody think that you are anything but a hippie punk either? Because you sure sound like one.

Sparkey @ 11/5/2012 8:09 PM

Well if stating my opinion makes me a troll or a hippie punk, then I guess the shoe fits. I just find the pissing contests between police and protesters pretty stupid, honestly. And that goes for both sides.

Nichole @ 11/6/2012 4:09 AM

Sparkey - I do see you as a troll, but at this point, I'm putting that aside to try to make a point to you, that I hope you can at least somewhat agree with.

Large crowds of people are dangerous, no matter how peaceful (and not saying this was a peaceful protest) their protest may be. It's a fact of human nature. Once person could start an entire change in attitude in the crowd, leading to dangerous situations.

Even protestors that go just intending to hold up signs can get caught up in a crowd mentality and turn ugly or deadly in seconds. I've seen it happen. And what was once just a nuisance protest is now a full blow riot, people are getting trampled, beaten, looting, and all that other good stuff can occur.

It sounds like the police tried multiple times to get the situation under control, even before it happened. And you can clearly see in the once clip that the crowd begins to forcefully push forward, at which point you see a few officers deploying pepper spray (and please tell me you're intelligent enough to realize that those were multiple clips of the same time frame...)

And I can't help but think that those were ramming shields, based solely on the fact that once they were taken away, the crowd started to disperse when SWAT got there. That to me says they were then scared that they didn't have their shields to do any more damage.

Just my opinion, just like yours.

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