Top Democrat staffer from Oregon reportedly one of more than 50 protestors arrested in Portland

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PORTLAND, OR- A top Democratic staffer from the Oregon House of Representatives was reportedly among the dozens of protesters arrested over the weekend.

According to reports, the police arrested Kristina Narayan, 29, who is the legislative director for the top Democrat in Oregon’s House of Representatives, along with 58 others during a riot that began Saturday night, September 5th.

The riot and civil unrest lasted until the early house of Sunday morning, September 6th.

In a news release from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), authorities stated that multiple fire bombs, mortars, rocks, and other harmful items were thrown at law enforcement during the riot.

Narayan has worked for House Speaker Tina Kotek since September 2016 and she has served as legislative direction since May 2018. She was arrested and charged with interfering with a peace officer after protests evolved into a riot. 

PPB spokesperson Officer Derek Carmon told The Hill in a statement that:

“Kristina Narayan was arrested for interfering with a police officer after the event became a riot and the crowd was given multiple orders to disperse, which she did not do.”

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office records showed that Narayan was booked at 2:07 a.m. on Sunday morning and was released later that day. She did not have to pay bail. According to a spokesperson from Kotek’s office, Narayan’s case was dismissed on Monday.

In a statement, Kotek’s office said:

“Freedom of expression represents the foundation of democracy.”

The statement added:

“Every person, including members of my staff has the right to stand up for what they believe and engage in non-violent resistance. Kristina’s experience is similar to what other Portlanders have experienced over the last few months. We need peace and accountability.”

According to PPB, many protesters in the crowd that evening were carrying large shields and dressed in protective gear that included helmets, gas masks, body armor, and all of their clothing was black. Police said it was clear that their intent was not a peaceful protest.

Around 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 5th, the crowd began approaching the officers. They threw multiple fire bombs at the officers, one of them catching a community member on fire.

Officers were able to locate the injured individual and Portland Fire and Rescue medics offered the individual treatment. They were later taken to a nearby hospital in a private vehicle.

PPB said that during numerous confrontations with officers, individuals attempted to attack the officers. A sergeant was directly struck by a commercial grade firework, which burned through his glove and injured his hand. Several other officers were struck by rocks in the head, arms, shoulders, and feet. PPB said:

“This criminal activity presented an extreme danger to life safety for all community members and prompted a declaration of a riot. The crowd was advised over a loudspeaker a riot had been declared and that they were to leave the area immediately. They were warned that failure to do so may subject them to arrest, citation, or crowd control agents.”

Allegedly, Narayan claims she got “conflicting” information when asked about what she did and what her charges would be. She said:

“I believe vandalism and violent person crimes should result in arrest and prosecution. I believe it is my right to practice resistance, including remaining in place or demonstrating what I consider to be unlawful and indiscriminate arrests.”

According to reports, Kotek’s office did not respond to a request for comment. However, her September 1st message repeatedly says that the believes the charge of “interfering with a peace officer” is “overused.”

PPB said that nearly 150 calls to Portland police were left on hold on Saturday night as the riot forced nearly all local officers to abandon their patrol posts and help control the violence. 

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Here is another article from Law Enforcement Today about the violent protests in Portland:

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has made national headlines again this week after masked antifa members took over the streets in what turned into a violent clash between two differing political groups.

Reports indicated that officers, journalists and even bystanders were caught in the crossfire of the group’s chaos. 

Multiple people reported being hit by a substance that was thought to originally be milkshakes, but actually turned out to be quick-drying concrete mixtures in paper cups. The mixture could apparently harden within a matter of minutes.

Top Democrat staffer from Oregon reportedly one of more than 50 protestors arrested in Portland
Photojournalist Andy Ngo was assaulted on camera. (Twitter)

 

Wheeler reportedly kept completely quiet on Saturday as hundreds of protestors gathered in the streets to raise their voices against the notorious Proud Boys group. Previous protests between these groups have led to violent outbursts in the past. 

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So where was Mayor Wheeler while his streets descended into chaos and his police force was assaulted?

That question was voiced by many online… Where was Mayor Wheeler?

Answer: nowhere to be found.

 

Back in October, Wheeler addressed his hands-off approach to the increasing number of incidents involving the antifascist group.

“This is the story of Goldilocks and the two bears. The porridge is either too hot or it’s too cold,” he told reporters. “At any given moment in this city, the police are criticized for being heavy-handed and intervening too quickly, or they’re being criticized for being standoffish and not intervening quickly enough.”

Journalist Andy Ngo was on the street during the heated protests. Video captured masked antifa members punching, kicking and throwing things at Ngo.

Antifa protestors also threw trash cans, newspaper stands, eggs and patio furniture into the streets, according to a KPTV report. 

The protest was eventually condemned as an unlawful gathering and police began using pepper spray and zip-tie cuffs to control the situation.

A total of three arrests were made.

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. (U.S. Department of Labor)

 

“During today’s events, there were multiple assaults reported, as well as projectiles thrown at demonstrators and officers,” police said. “There were also reports of pepper spray and bear spray being used by people in the crowd. Officers deployed pepper spray during the incident.”

 

This continues a long legacy of these types of violent gatherings within the Portland city walls.

In April, Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts decided to pull deputy support for Portland calls altogether.

He wrote an email to his deputies, stating his concern for their safety. 

“I will not place you at unnecessary personal and professional risk,” the email read. 

The city of Portland is largely patrolled by the Portland Police Bureau and receives support from neighboring counties like Clackamas Sheriff’s Department. With this decision, remaining officers in the area will no doubt feel the stress of being understaffed.

The decision to stop responding to routine calls was made following a statement released by the Portland Police Association. 

Due to the overwhelming ‘anti-police’ attitudes in the city of Portland, some officials are stepping in to say ‘no more.’ Enter – Sheriff Craig Roberts. 

“The reason the Police Bureau is experiencing catastrophic staffing shortages, drastically declining recruiting success, and the inability to retain officers is due to one core issue: the intense anti-police sentiment in our City that City Council seems to share,” the post from the PPA read.

“False narratives, knee jerk political reactions, along with personal and political agendas have created a hostile work environment and made it an impossible task to effectively police in the City of Portland. Our police officers are frustrated. They deserve better. They deserve to work in an environment where they can perform their primary function — keeping our communities safe — with the support of City Hall. Similarly, our communities are frustrated. They deserve better. They deserve safe, clean streets. It’s that simple,” the PPA’s post read. 

“Our elected officials need to prioritize basic city services, the most basic of which is public safety and livability. They can start by doing three things: improving the livability of our drastically deteriorating neighborhoods; supporting the incredible work our officers do to keep our communities safe; and having enough police officers to satisfy our communities’ public safety needs.”

Portland officer have repeatedly been told to stand down during past protests. Mayor Wheeler tends to side with the liberal agenda, taking protests as just people expressing their feelings. But things have gotten violent a number of times.

It’s unclear of which direction Portland is heading… but if nothing changes, it appears that the mayor may no longer have control of his constituents. 

 

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Top Democrat staffer from Oregon reportedly one of more than 50 protestors arrested in Portland

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