Gordon R. Friedman
The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.
Armed police officers, rowdy protesters and at least one arrest jarred normal operations at Portland City Hall Wednesday.
Amid the disruption, the City Council paused its meeting and moved to a small conference room to continue moving through its agenda. Only commissioners, city employees, members of the media and a few precleared members of the public were allowed into the room. Members of the public could watch live online.
Unruly protests that shut down City Council proceedings were routine during Mayor Ted Wheeler’s first three months in office, beginning in January 2017. Police violence against protesters and in the shooting death of Quanice Hayes were a primary topic of those shout fests.
But additional security and crowd control methods put in place in March 2017 worked to largely quell subsequent interruptions.
— Gordon Friedman
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