Three People Hospitalized After Protests in Oregon
PORTLAND – August 7, 2018
At least three people were taken to hospital as a result of Portland police use of crowd-control munitions, local media reports.
The victims were diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, third-degree chemical burns and open wounds.
The city's police chief, Danielle Outlaw, on Monday offered her most passionate defense yet of officer tactics used to keep the rival political factions apart. She also said the Police Bureau would stop using flash-bang projectiles for now.
Police succeeded in preventing violent clashes between armed demonstrators that many had feared, she said.
The demonstration was widely cast as a showdown between Patriot Prayer, whose leader is a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Vancouver with a history of stirring fierce opposition in Portland, and opponents on the left, including anti-fascists.