Portland OR – On Saturday January 3, 2015, at approximately 1:00 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Foster Road on the report that several protesters were marching northbound on 82nd Avenue in the street.
Officers contacted the group and instructed protesters to use the sidewalk and clear the roadway for vehicular traffic. Two protesters refused to go to the sidewalk and were arrested by police.
36-year-old Katharine Moore and 51-year-old Malcolm Chaddock were arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.
Two drivers of vehicles associated with the protesters were given citations for failing to yield to emergency vehicles and other violations after they intentionally obstructed officers responding to the scene.
The protesters that used the sidewalk marched to Portland Community College Southeast Campus at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street, where they interrupted an event with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.
There were no further arrests after protesters left the campus at approximately 4:00 p.m.
As with all demonstrations and marches, the Police Bureau’s goal is to ensure a safe, secure and orderly event for community members and to minimize disruptions to traffic.
It should be clear that “free speech events” do not require a permit; but, marches or demonstrations occurring in public streets that restrict movement of other community members do require a permit issued by the City of Portland to allow for the safety of all.