With almost six months of near nightly protests against police brutality and calls for racial justice — piecing together a timeline of the events can be difficult.
So we broke things down into a timeline for you, from the beginning of the Portland protests to where things currently stand.
May 28: Protests in Portland begin with the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police officers.
May 29: Riots erupt and Mayor Ted Wheeler declares a state of emergency.
June 1: Thousands of protesters march across Burnside Bridge.
June 4: Protesters call for nonviolent resistance in demonstrations.
June 8: Protesters stop traffic on I-84 & Jaimi Resch steps down as PPB Chief Chuck Lovell steps in.
June 14: Portland’s Thomas Jefferson statue is torn down.
June 16: Protesters march over the Fremont Bridge, one protester is run over downtown.
June 19: Juneteenth sees several demonstrations across the city, PPB officers use munitions on protesters.
June 21: Portland’s George Washington statue is toppled.
June 25: Police use tear gas on protesters and continue to do so in following protests.
July 2: Portland removes the iconic elk statue due to fire damage at the base. The damage appeared to be unintentional, and the statue was a rallying point for many demonstrations.
July 4: PPB declares a riot twice during demonstrations by protesters.
July 9: A man fires a handgun into the air after arguing with protesters, disrupting the demonstration.
July 10: Federal officers grab two protesters off the street and continue to detain them without legal counsel.
July 11: Portland strippers march for reform and bring awareness to the lack of transparency with anti-discrimination policies and practices in the adult entertainment industry.
July 15: Federal officers use tear gas on protesters and continue to do so in following protests.
(Day 50) July 16: Portland is on the national radar, drawing attention from the Trump administration, DHS. Federal officers continue to use munitions, tear gas on protesters.
July 17: Portland officials tell Feds to leave, criticize use of tear gas and arrests of protesters.
July 19: A Navy veteran is caught on video absorbing baton blows and being tear gassed by Feds; A woman strips naked in protest in front of officers, dubbed by the Internet “Naked Athena.”
July 20: Feds begin surveilling protester activity online, placing undercover officials in crowds.
July 22: Feds use tear gas on Wheeler. The ACLU sues the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Service, and the City of Portland for targeting and attacking unarmed medics at Portland protests against police brutality.
July 29: Gov. Kate Brown announces withdrawal plan for Feds; Feds proceed to use gas and munitions on protesters hours afterward.
Aug. 3: PPB slash car tires and smash windows of a woman’s car, which had the word “Press” written on the side. The woman said police claimed there was a disturbance and they were there to clear the area.
Aug. 4: Mark Pettibone was taken by Feds at a protest and shoved into an unmarked van. Pettibone addressed US Lawmakers; PPB declares riot at Union Building protest, a truck plows through a crowd of protesters — the driver brandishes a gun at protesters, is arrested and released without charges.
Aug. 16: A group of protesters beat a man unconscious for crashing his truck during a demonstration.
Aug. 22: Back the Blue and Black Lives Matter protesters clash in front of the Justice Center — PPB issues warnings but doesn’t stop the two groups from engaging.
(Day 90) Aug. 25: Three month anniversary of George Floyd’s death, protesters march to City Hall, PPB declares a riot.
Aug. 29: Proud Boys supporter Aaron “Jay” Danielson is shot dead by antifascist protester Michael Reinohl.
Aug. 31: Video captures PPB officer tackling and repeatedly punching a person.
Sept. 1: Wheeler says he plans to move after multiple protests outside his condo, where protesters sang “Happy Tear Gas to You” on his birthday and lit a park table on fire.
Sept. 3: Michael Reinoehl is killed by officers in Washington.
(Day 100) Sept. 4: Two hundred protesters march to PPB headquarters, PPB declares the gathering unlawful and uses tear gas and munitions on protesters.
Sept. 7 & 8: Protests pause as wildfires cause toxic smoke, making air quality unsafe to breathe in Portland and across the state of Oregon.
Sept. 16: Wheeler bans the use of tear gas for PPB, argues with PPB Chief Chuck Lovell.
Sept. 18: Air quality returns to a safe level; protests against police brutality resume in Portland. Feds threaten to slash funding for Portland, Seattle, and New York City over protests.
Sept. 21: DOJ declares Portland, Seattle, and NYC “anarchist jurisdictions.” Also, The Nation reported that Feds might have tapped protesters’ phones over the summer.
Sept. 23: PPB declares a riot as demonstrators march in protests of Breonna Taylor grand jury decision; molotov cocktails were thrown. A photojournalist joins many others suing the city and PPB for injuries incurred at protests.
Sept. 27: Proud Boys rally for Trump draws a few hundred participants; BLM holds counter protests the same day.
Sept. 28: Monday marks four months of Portland protests.
Oct. 3: A PPB officer hits a protesting woman with his motorcycle and who is later arrested.
Oct. 4: A 41-year-old protester is arrested for breaking the windows of PPB officer’s car, pepper spraying the inside.
Oct. 6: A protest at the ICE building leads to four arrests, and federal agents appear to use tear gas on protesters — despite Wheeler’s ban.
Oct. 7: A new hot sauce, “Tear Gas Ted” is unveiled — to get a bottle, customers are encouraged to donate to Don’t Shoot PDX.
Oct. 10: The far right group, Patriot Prayer, steals the Nightmare Elk statue protesters created to replace the original statue in early August.
Oct. 11: Statues of former presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln are torn down during a “Day of Indigenous Rage.” This prompts a tweet-storm from Trump, who calls the protesters “ANTIFA RADICALS” and tells the FBI to “get them and get them now.”
Oct. 12: A new Nightmare Elk replaces the original, made of scrap wood and pallets.
It doesn’t look like things will slow down anytime soon — this Saturday there are three marches planned across the city to continue to advocate for equality. If you find yourself out marching, readers, please stay safe. ❤️
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