WANT Ferguson Series: Police Violence Sparks National Protests

By Reuben Schafir

Catlin Gabel School, Catlin Speak

In Portland, following a series of grand jury decisions not to indict officers accused of fatally shooting unarmed african american men and an outburst of press coverage on police violence nationwide, a protest formed Saturday afternoon.
Starting outside Portland’s Federal building, the protest blocked several streets including the North side of West Burnside and National Parkway.
The protest, which remained non-violent as Portland Police kept their distance, moved through the city for four hours before making its way to the Justice Center, where protestors banged on the windows.
At the Justice Center, various protestors spoke, including an African American woman arrested for jay walking and a caucasian woman from Ferguson, Missouri.
Here is CatlinSpeak’s account of the event.

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