Oregon man suing police and city following protest acquittal
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man acquitted of a criminal charge stemming from a public protest in Oregon is suing Portland and city and state police officers, court records said.
Jeremy Ibarra was arrested for disorderly conduct during a June 2017 demonstration in downtown Portland, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday.
A Multnomah County Circuit Court jury acquitted the Hawaii resident in May.
Police pursued a false arrest, used excessive force, and violated Ibarra’s First Amendment right to free speech and Fourth Amendment rights by engaging in mass detention, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland.
Ibarra was involved in a protest after the fatal stabbing of two men and the wounding of a third by a man believed to have made racist remarks to two African American girls riding a train, the lawsuit said.
Ibarra encouraged the group to charge before charging at the police line and attempting to force through when he was pushed back into the crowd by state police, prosecutors said.
“At first, Defendants ordered Mr. Ibarra and the group to disperse, but there was nowhere to go because the City had barricaded the group,” the lawsuit said.
Ibarra was scared and only wanted to get away when officers arrested him, the lawsuit said.
“When Mr. Ibarra attempted to run out of the crowd contained by police officers, two officers allegedly stepped in his way and he ran directly into them. After colliding with these officers, a number of police shot pepper balls at his chest,” the lawsuit said.
Portland police spokesman Carlos Ibarra declined to comment on the pending litigation.
Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com