Hales asks for investigation into protest use of force

Leaders of Portland's Resistance arrested November 21

Portland's Resistance leader Gregory McKelvey was taken into police custody for ignoring police orders during a protest march, November 21, 2016 (KOIN)
Portland's Resistance leader Gregory McKelvey was taken into police custody for ignoring police orders during a protest march, November 21, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has asked for an investigation into police use of force against protesters during an anti-Trump demonstration in late November.

Hales announced Wednesday that he requested an investigation by the Independent Police Review after becoming aware of video footage showing officers using a bureau-taught pressure point maneuver while arresting a protester.

Portland's Resistance leader Gregory McKelvey spoke at a student protest against Donald Trump at Holladay Park, November 21, 2016 (KOIN)
Portland’s Resistance leader Gregory McKelvey spoke at a student protest against Donald Trump at Holladay Park, November 21, 2016 (KOIN)

The incident happened on November 21 when Portland’s Resistance leader Gregory McKelvey was arrested for allegedly directing student protesters to block roadways.

According to police reports, 24-year-old Kathryn Stevens wrapped herself around McKelvey as he was being arrested and refused to comply with officers’ orders.

That’s when a mandibular angle pressure point was reportedly used on her.

“They’ll be looking at whether the degree of force used was appropriate and necessary under the circumstances,” attorney Kevin Sali told KOIN 6 News.

Sali said there is nothing improper about that particular pressure point technique, but investigators will determine whether it was warranted.

“What was that officer aware of? What was that officer seeing, hearing… not just what the particular person in front of him was doing, but the situation all around,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report