Portland police told to have riot gear ready
Friday, November 4, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland officials have issued a warning to the protesters of Occupy Portland after a police officer was shoved against a bus during an unruly march this week, and police are under orders to have riot gear at the ready.
Chief Mike Reese says all his officers should have gas masks, batons and helmets "immediately available."
His orders came after protesters marched Wednesday in a demonstration that revealed a rift between radicals seeking confrontation with authorities and others in the movement who wanted a more peaceful approach.
One person was arrested, accused of shoving an officer against a moving bus. The officer was wasn't seriously injured.
Mayor Sam Adams said that kind of violence "will not be tolerated."
Reese's order went out Thursday, and the text was made public on Friday