‘Don’t Shoot PDX’ protesters, Mayor Hales meet

Protests come in wake of Missouri and New York grand jury decisions

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales (left) met with a number of Don't Shoot Portland protesters in his office at City Hall, Dec. 9, 2014 (UStream screen grab, combination)
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales (left) met with a number of Don't Shoot Portland protesters in his office at City Hall, Dec. 9, 2014 (UStream screen grab, combination)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Protesters involved with Don’t Shoot Portland met with Mayor Charlie Hales in his office at City Hall Tuesday.

The protesters filled the hallways outside the mayor’s office just after noon for a scheduled meeting. It was  a chance for protesters to air their grievances over police conduct directly to Hales, who is also the Portland police commissioner.

Don't Shoot Portland protesters fill City Hall in an effort to see Mayor Charlie Hales, Dec. 9, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Don’t Shoot Portland protesters fill City Hall in an effort to see Mayor Charlie Hales, Dec. 9, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Hales allowed smaller groups of 5-10 inside his office to discuss the issues surrounding the protests. At one point, Hales told a group that the events that happened in Ferguson and New York had previously happened in Portland, and it was up to everyone involved to make sure to change that.

A series of groups met with the mayor from about 12:30 p.m. to about 2 p.m., which was streamed live via UStream by kmmoregon

Around 1:30 p.m., there were still about 80 people in the hallways, though it was unclear how many of them had spoken with the mayor.

Shortly after 2 p.m. the meeting between Hales and the protesters was over, but both agreed to continue talking — and the protesters said they want to see some action.

Since the grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York decided police officers should not be charged in the deaths of unarmed black men, protests have taken place nationwide.

Authorities in California say two officers were injured while several businesses were looted and damaged in Berkley when a California protest over police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York got out of hand. A splinter group of masked protesters smashed windows and threw objects at police. The protest remained active late into the night with small pockets of demonstrators and about 150 people were arrested.

The demonstrations in Portland have largely been peaceful, including one on Saturday that marched through the streets of the city for about four hours. At one point the throngs of protesters took over the inside of Pioneer Place Mall  in downtown Portland, but left within 10 minutes.

No one was arrested.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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