The cops' version: We were angels
This morning, after I posted my assessment of last night's protest in Laurelhurst, the Portland police issued a statement containing their version of that incident. It is here.
According to the police, the "bull rush" of the protesters, and the slashing of the tires on the car of one of the attendees at the protest, were justified. As in their tweets last night, the police say people in the crowd threw numerous objects at officers, and pointed lasers at them.
The police statement also goes out of its way to make the point that people who identify themselves as "press" are really just protesters. This backs up law enforcement's courtroom argument that they shouldn't have to treat journalists any differently from protesters.
The cops also admit slashing the woman's tires. No mention is made of the fact that they also smashed out the back window of the car, while she was in it. They say "a person moved a car slowly in front of police, interfering with their attempts to safely move people out of the road." Given how they were manhandling protesters, that statement is almost comical, but also chilling.
Even if the police description of the protesters' conduct is accurate, their response was overblown and needlessly brutal. And from what I saw on Twitter, their account of the incident is misleading at best.