November 5th, 2012
On Saturday, November 3rd more than four different high school student groups took to the streets of East Portland in order to demand an end to the austerity measures that have crippled our entire educational careers. Done in conjunction with members from several labor, community, and activist organizations, this demonstration was peaceful in nature. As our march reached the intersection of NE 14th and Halsey, many high school students – some as young as fifteen years old – were pepper sprayed repeatedly at point blank range by multiple police officers. Ten youths bared the direct brunt of this attack from officers, while many more received the after effects of these attacks due to their proximity to the police.
We consider this act of unwarranted, unnecessary aggression, taken by the trained professionals tasked with protecting and serving the public at large, to be an be utterly revolting and disgusting violation of their duties and our basic humanity. As a consequence of this assault, many of the underage victims have experienced significant emotional trauma and physical distress, necessitating counseling sessions and support groups.
As of yet, we have seen neither an official acknowledgement of nor a formal apology for the harm done to us by the Portland Police Bureau.
We vow to continue our organizational efforts against these budget measures and call for those who oppose targeted violence against youths to join our ranks.
WE CANNOT BE SPRAYED INTO SUBMISSION
WE WILL NOT ALLOW CUTS TO OUR EDUCATION
THE COMMITTEE FOR A STUDENT UNION