Portland, Oregon might be two thousand miles away from Ferguson, Missouri, but that didn’t stop protesters from causing chaos in the city Saturday night in response to the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson.
Hundreds gathered in the Pacific Northwestern town to shout, march, jump on police SUVs, argue with fellow protesters about whether to fight cops, stage a “die in” and listen to Jesse Jackson give a speech urging non-violence.
“We must turn the pain of Ferguson into the… reconciling hope of love and care for one another. Red and yellow, brown, black and white, we’re all precious in God’s sight. Everybody is somebody,” Jackson said earlier that night, The Oregonian reports.
Several protesters apparently didn’t take heed to the activist’s words and immediately began provoking police. (RELATED: White Hipsters Crash Seattle Tree-Lighting Over Ferguson, MAKE LITTLE KIDS CRY)
In one incident, a few protesters got on top of a still-occupied police SUV and started dancing on it. After the two involved fled, police formed a riot line which prompted the crowd to chant slogans like “Cops! Pigs! Murderers!” and “Rest In Peace, Michael Brown. All cops in the ground.”
Police used flash grenades and physical force to move protesters down the street after demonstrators closed in on the police line.
Even though they were all out demonstrating against the same decision, protesters heatedly argued over whether they should fight police and take over the Broadway bridge in this clip below.
Several demonstrators also staged a “die-in” in front of a Portland jail in the intersection of a busy downtown street. This was done to show, according to the lead chanter, all the people that have been killed by police. Police soon surrounded the “die-iners” and declared that “everyone is under arrest!” Police refused to allow anyone to leave the circle of people they had surrounded.
The Associated Press reports that 10 people were arrested during Saturday’s protests.