Don’t Shoot PDX: Police targeting protesters

Philip Schaefer arrested days after alleged involvement in Quanice Hayes protest

Philip Stan Schaefer, 45, was arrested Sunday for second-degree robbery and coercion, April 2, 2017. (MCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man involved in a Portland protest earlier this week was arrested Sunday morning at a local Starbucks, Don’t Shoot PDX group leaders said.

Portland Police Bureau confirmed Philip Stan Schaefer, 45, was taken into custody Sunday after an officer recognized him from a wanted bulletin. Schaefer was reportedly recording a group of officers at the Starbucks in Northeast Portland.

Protesters laying down in the street on 5th Ave on March 29, 2017. (KOIN)
Protesters laying down in the street on 5th Ave on March 29, 2017. (KOIN)

Don’t Shoot PDX leaders said Schaefer defended a woman from being assaulted during Wednesday’s protest for Quanice Hayes outside of the Portland building.

Schaefer is charged with second-degree robbery and coercion in connection with an encounter he had with a man outside the building, according to police.

Teressa Raiford with Don’t Shoot PDX told KOIN 6 News she feels people who were involved in the protest are being targeted. Now she is asking anyone who witnessed the incident to contact the National Lawyers Guild Lewis and Clark branch.

“We just want to make a plea to the general public, if anybody was a witness to our protest, any engagement of our police or the activity in the Portland building, that they send that video or any statements to the National Lawyers Guild,” Raiford said. “It’s very important to get that video because there was a woman who was assaulted.”

Schaefer is being held on $250,000 bail.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.