2 arrested at peaceful Black Lives Matter protest

The protest ended peacefully and no one was injured

Protesters in Southeast Portland interfered with traffic Sunday afternoon, and 2 who would not leave the scene elected to be arrested, August 9, 2015.
Protesters in Southeast Portland interfered with traffic Sunday afternoon, and 2 who would not leave the scene elected to be arrested, August 9, 2015.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Protesters in Southeast Portland interfered with traffic Sunday afternoon, and 2 people who would not leave the scene were arrested, police said.

Protesters in Southeast Portland interfered with traffic Sunday afternoon, and 2 who would not leave the scene elected to be arrested, August 9, 2015.
Protesters in Southeast Portland interfered with traffic Sunday afternoon, and 2 who would not leave the scene elected to be arrested, August 9, 2015.

Police were called to the area of SE 82nd Avenue and SE Division Street around 3:15 p.m.

Between 75-100 protesters blocked all lanes of traffic at the intersection, Portland Police Bureau said.

Officers were able to convince a majority of the protesters to remove themselves from the middle of the street, and instead protest in a safer way that wouldn’t interrupt the flow of traffic.

Two protesters reportedly elected to be arrested instead of removing themselves from the scene, police said.

Teressa Raiford, 44, and Diane Chavez, 43, were booked into Multnomah County Jail on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer.

They were reportedly arrested without the use of force.

Other protesters told KOIN 6 News they disagree, and said both women allegedly claimed they did not elect to be arrested.

Traffic in the area was blocked for less than 10 minutes. The protest ended peacefully and no one was injured.

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