Portland protests continue over the weekend; demonstrations scheduled to resume Monday

Protests against systemic racism and police brutality continued in Portland over the weekend and are scheduled to return for the 33rd consecutive day Monday.

More than a month has passed since the death of George Floyd, which gave rise to the national movement calling for police reforms protecting Black people. Demonstrators continue to turn out nightly in Portland to press for change.

Saturday night’s protests continued in a familiar setting, as protesters and police gathered around the downtown Multnomah County Justice Center.

Police declared an unlawful assembly about 10:30 p.m. and used force to scatter protesters. Eight people were arrested during the demonstration.

Protesters again descended on downtown Portland on Sunday. No notable confrontations between police and protesters were reported, and police have not announced any arrests.

KOIN-TV reported a driver accelerated through two crowds of protesters on Southwest Third Avenue during the demonstration. It wasn’t clear whether anyone was hurt, according to the news station.

The news station also reported demonstrators knocked down security cameras at Portland City Hall and spray-painted graffiti on the building.

Portland protests are scheduled to continue Monday, including a 7 p.m. march and vigil for Jason Washington, who was shot and killed by Portland State University police in 2018.

Demonstrators will also gather at the downtown Justice Center. Other demonstrations are scheduled for Monday, as well.

Portland protests started in late May, days after the Minneapolis police killing of Floyd, a Black man who pleaded for air while a white officer knelt on his neck. The officer, and three others who stood nearby, all face charges in connection with Floyd’s death.

Portland has since seen budget cuts to the city police bureau, the appointment of a new police chief, the end of Portland police patrols in schools and a plan to remove Portland police from public transit.

Oregon lawmakers on Friday also concluded a historic special session focused on police accountability laws and the state’s coronavirus response.

Unprecedented racial justice protests have been held throughout the state, as well.

— Jim Ryan; jryan@oregonian.com; 503-221-8005; @Jimryan015

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