Police arrest 3 people after activists demand mayor's resignation at City Council meeting
PORTLAND, Ore. – Police arrested three protesters from the group that shut down a Portland City Council meeting on Wednesday will calls for Mayor Ted Wheeler to resign.
A group arrived at City Hall about 9:30 a.m. and went into a council meeting in chambers.
They wanted Mayor Wheeler to answer on a range of issues, including the recent deadly police shooting of 17-year-old Quanice Hayes, the city’s homeless crisis, and the Portland Police Bureau’s treatment of protesters at recent demonstrations.
"We made a mistake Mayor Wheeler. The mistake we made is that you were elected. It's time to rectify that mistake and hold you accountable and ask for your immediate resignation," protester Mimi German said.
Security cleared the chamber and told protesters they would be arrested if they did not leave the building. Police said some remained unlawfully in the entrance on SW 5th Avenue.
Police arrested three members of the group before the rest dispersed. Officers did not use force during Wednesday’s arrests, officials said.
- Jeffrey Richard Singer, 29, was booked on interfering with a peace officer and second-degree criminal trespass.
- Zachary Pursley, 24, was booked on interfering with a peace officer, second-degree disorderly conduct, and second-degree criminal trespass.
- Christopher August McGregor, 21, was booked on interfering with a peace officer, second-degree disorderly conduct, and second-degree criminal trespass.
Wheeler missed the council meeting because he was in jury duty. A day before, however, he released a statement on the recent violence at protests. In it he said he met with Bureau Chief Mike Marshman on ways to “create a more positive space for expression and emphasize tactics that deescalate tensions.”
Commissioner Nick Fish did weigh in. He supports the right to protest but says these kinds of disruptions are not the way to get your message across.
"The challenge is increasingly we're having difficulty holding council meetings because people feel so passionately about one cause or another, that they disrupt the meeting, and the problem with that is it prevents other citizens from coming in and being heard," Fish said.
Officers detained 13 people during a #NotMyPresidentsDay protest in downtown Portland on Monday. Six of those arrested were under 18 years old, one had a bloodied nose and another was shot with non-lethal rounds.
Police said the protesters did not have a permit to block the streets.