Oregon ACLU condemns police actions at Portland protest

first_imgPORTLAND — The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon has criticized Portland police officers for their crowd control tactics during a Monday protest, calling officers’ actions “shameful.”Portland police arrested seven adults and cited six juveniles during the “Not My Presidents Day” protest, including a 66-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy, reported The Oregonian/OregonLive.Portland police said they used “limited deployment” of pepper spray during the protest and that officers fired non-lethal shots.Those measures were necessary to keep unruly protesters in check, said police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.“We would much prefer things were different,” he told The Oregonian. “But we’re sort of forced to be there now because of the aggressive nature of the, ‘We’re going to show up, we’re going to block streets, we’re going to shut the city down’ attitude.”The ACLU condemned the actions in a series of seven tweets, saying the “indiscriminate violence against Portlanders was shameful.” The nonprofit called on Mayor Ted Wheeler to revise crowd-control strategies, writing that most of the people were “gathered on public property on the sidewalk when they were shoved down and arrested.”A video shot by protest documenter Mike Bivins and posted to Willamette Week’s website shows a woman angrily approaching a row of officers in riot gear. One officer appears to fire two rubber bullets into the woman’s torso at close range.last_img