Sunday, August 6, 2017

Three Arrested During Sunday Protest at Tom McCall Waterfront Park


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: August 6th, 2017 8:31 PM
On Sunday August 6, 2017, the Portland Police Bureau responded to the "March for Freedom, Solidarity and Justice" and a related counter-protest. The intent of law enforcement was to provide a safe environment for all participants, non-participants, and community members while ensuring the peaceful exercise of the First Amendment.

The march and counter-protest started at approximately 2:00 p.m. in Waterfront Park between the Salmon Street Springs Fountain and Battleship Oregon Memorial. The majority of the people present peacefully practiced their First Amendment Rights; however, there were a portion of those gathered today that actively fought with and assaulted each other.

Officers with the Rapid Response Team (RRT), bringing a sound amplification system, responded to the park as people were fighting and pepper spray was being discharged by people in the park.

Police established an area for ambulatory injured persons to receive medical treatment at Portland Fire and Rescue Station Number One. Medical personnel with police officers also offered medical aid at the park. One person was transported from the park by ambulance for what was reported as a non-life-threatening injury.

Shortly after police arrived at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, a 16-year-old juvenile male was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and a felony probation warrant for Burglary in the Second Degree, Reckless Burning, and Criminal Mischief. The juvenile was booked into the Donald E. Long Detention Home.

Officers also arrested 24-year-old Jonny Perez for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Police Officer and Escape in the Third Degree. Perez was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Monday.

Based on information gathered during the protest, officers cited and released 21-year-old Tusitala Toese on a charge of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree. Toese was issued a criminal citation instead of being booked into the Multnomah County Jail because of an injury he suffered during today's protest that required medical treatment at an area hospital.

Officers will continue to investigate possible criminal acts during Sunday's protest and more arrests are possible. Anyone who believes they were the victim of a crime during this protest should contact police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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