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Protesters March in Portland Over Police ShootingsStory by Tim King Photos by Q Madp Salem-News.com
Q Madp's photos of Monday's downtown protest.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - It has been a while since Portland, Oregon played witness and host to a serious protest.
The chance came Monday when about 200 people gathered to show their unhappiness over two recent Portland Police shootings.
Many in the crowd wore masks, protecting their identities from cameras and the eyes of police.
Their anger stems from police officer-involved shootings in recent months, and the march came on the second month anniversary of Aaron Campbell's shooting.
The protesters marching through downtown Portland were organized by the Cascadia Convergence Network, according to reports, and Black Bloc, a group that draws its name from a tactic was developed in the 1980s by anti-nuclear activist autonomists, Wikipedia states.
They began gathering around 5:00 p.m. near Southwest Salmon Street and Park Avenue, in Portland's South Park Blocks. The march led the group Protesters toward the Willamette River. Hundreds were carrying signs, singing and calling out to those who would listen.
Police take these types of protest very seriously, and before it was over around 8:00 p.m. at least four people were in police custody.
Vandalism included broken windows in Portland businesses, and other unleashing of hostilities, though it was a fairly contained group compared to many that address this subject in the nation.
Portland demonstrations have been fairly sizable in the past; they always dwarf what takes place in Salem, but are small in comparison to events that take place in locations like Olympia, Washington.
In Portland, the crowd reportedly chanted, "Cops, pigs, murderers", and also, "When cops attack, stand up, fight back."
The group had police around them during the march, and the officers tried to keep the group on the sidewalk.
The crowd made their way through downtown, passing the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, the Justice Center and the Edith Green Federal Building, according to The Daily News Online.
For more photos from the protest, visit: Protesters in Portland, Oregon Q Madp LetMeShootYou.org
Our good friend Q Madp of IraqWarheroes.org is an old hand at photographing large scale demonstrations.
He has been doing it for years in many places, like Paris, France and Washington D.C. and a long list of other places:
Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Q is a photographer and he has his work cut out for him as the self-appointed unofficial photographer of NW military funerals. He travels to services and he is constantly on the move. When he isn’t driving or shooting pictures, Q spends his time researching combat statistics and adding names to the vast list that he hopes will eventually include every American lost in the combat theaters and every other allied soldier as well. His Website is easy to remember, IraqWarHeroes.org is a place of memories for thousands of families who have lost a loved one.
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