Not once have I seen any attempt at de-escalation. Law enforcement arrives prepared to brutalize and arrest.
These images and short video are from the last week. The video depicts the arrest of one young man; (Matthew) was retreating from police with a large crowd of protesters and was pulled from the sidewalk, thrown into the street, pepper sprayed in the face and arrested.
As a member of the Press I have and continue to be teargassed, assaulted and prevented from doing my job on a nightly basis. Having worked in literal war zones, I've never experienced what I and other journalists are facing in Portland, Oregon. In war there are generally rules of engagement; here the Portland Police and the Oregon State Police are acting with near impunity against protesters, Press and legal observers.
Numerous journalists have been arrested, a medic was arrested and a legal observer with the ACLU was arrested. All were clearly marked, credentialed and in no way interfering with law enforcement.
Much of the National media has moved on and so every night it is myself and a contingent of other independent journalists and live streamers who spend from late evening to early morning working to photograph and video the use of teargas, "less-lethal" munitions and other abuses of power. This footage is being shared with the ACLU and on social media in an effort to provide people with the ground truth and to hold power to account.