Pearl residents speak out about recent protests

Most residents said they feel safe and understand why protesters were in their neighborhoods

Some businesses had windows broken in the Pearl during protests last week. November 13, 2016, (KOIN)
Some businesses had windows broken in the Pearl during protests last week. November 13, 2016, (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Downtown Portland residents are now opening up about recent protests and speaking their minds.

Most residents said they feel safe and understand why protesters were in their neighborhoods to vocalize frustrations.

With that said, residents had little patience for rioters that turned things from peaceful to violent.

“When you go to Starbucks in the morning, and it’s all boarded up, these things come in your mind, you know,” said Steve Mendes, a Pearl resident.

He continued, “I am leaving work earlier because I know the MAX street cars will stop, and we have to wait for that. I’m planning ahead a little more.”

“The first night it sounded like your average protest. The second night it just sounded like chaos,” said Ellen Self, a downtown Portland resident.

“It is kind of alarming,” said Susie Whittbrodt, another Pearl resident.

Pearl resident Jake Waldner told KOIN 6 News he doesn’t worry about his safety during evenings at all.