Don’t Shoot PDX has asked a federal judge to find the city in contempt of the court for deploying tear has and other munitions.
“It felt like somebody was blowing tear gas in my mouth right to my lungs. It happens so quickly. It was a sensation like I’ve never felt before.”
Many Portlanders find themselves with protest-induced insomnia, kept awake by the distant rumble of stun grenades. What sets Chavez apart is that he can do something about it.
As in Seattle, protesters carried umbrellas, which they used to form a phalanx in the streets. Others brought leaf blowers to clear the chemicals.
In a federal lawsuit, the nonprofit seeks to bar the city from using chemical agents against protesters now or in the future.
Police again fired gas at protesters on June 2.