25 protesters from the Portland Coalition Against Poverty have been marching around the downtown justice center this afternoon with signs like this:
“We’re here to hold the police accountable for their actions through community power,” said organizer Patrick Lamson.
Behind him, protesters chanted things like “Chasse died, the police lied,” “End the silence, stop cop violence,” not to mention “I smell grease, I smell bacon…”
4:00 is time for shift change at the cop shop, so they got a few glares.
Generally I’d say the mood was determined, if a little defeated. If that’s possible. I mean, is it possible to be determinedly defeated? I don’t know. I do know that two years is an awfully long time to wait for an internal affairs investigation to be completed while the cops involved continue to walk the streets. But that doesn’t really make me feel any different from the protesters. If not worse.