Portland police detained a crowd of over 100 protesters during a Friday night demonstration, stemming a march only minutes after it began.
Demonstrators gathered in the Pearl District about 8:30 p.m. and started marching roughly a half-hour later. Police threatened to arrest marchers minutes after the march started, saying those who marched in the street were blocking traffic and would be subject to arrest, citation or crowd control munitions if they didn’t move.
Police announced about 9:20 p.m. they were setting up a perimeter around the group and said they were detaining everyone within those boundaries for “investigation of a crime.” They did not immediately detail the nature of the crimes.
Adam Costello, a livestream videographer, said two windows were broken during the early stages of the demonstration. Costello suspected that may have prompted police to set up the perimeter.
Livestream videographers who were documenting the protest said police followed demonstrators from the beginning of the march.
The videographers said they were marching for less than 15 minutes before police detained the group.
This report will be updated.
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