A video of a Portland cop is going viral after the officer was filmed knocking a person off of their bike and to the ground.
KATU Reporter Dan McCarthy Tweeted the video on Thursday, with the caption: “WATCH – Portland Police officers knock a protester off of his bicycle and arrest him outside of Lownsdale Square Park near the Federal Courthouse downtown #LiveOnK2.”
The 23-second-clip shows an officer knocking cyclist Brandon Thomas off of his bike before quickly pinning him to the ground. Two other officers rush to aid the officer.
The video has since been viewed more than 1 million times and has over 7,000 retweets.
It is unclear what occurred before the clip, but police told McCarthy that they arrested Thomas for “interfering with a Police Officer and Disorderly Conduct.”
Here’s what we know about the situation so far:
Portland Police Announced Early Thursday Morning the Closures of Chapman and Lownsdale Squares
The Portland Police Bureau made the announcement on Twitter per the decision of the City of Portland. The bureau wrote in an online statement that the City was shutting down the parks for needed repairs.
The Bureau tweeted around 5 a.m. that the areas were closed to the public, including journalists.
“Everyone must vacate to the north beyond the sidewalk or be subject to arrest for trespassing and subject to use of force. This order includes journalists. The park is closed. Everyone has 10 minutes to leave,” the PPB wrote.
The bike video was published an hour later.
According to an online release from the bureau, nine people were arrested in relation to the morning’s closures.
The individuals, including Thomas, were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, the statement reads.
The Park Areas Have Been the Sites of Protests for Weeks
As nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died while in police custody, continue, the park blocks near the Justice Center have seen hundreds of anti-police brutality protests over the last weeks, Bike Portland reported.
The PPB started to erect a fence around the parks Thursday morning a day after armed “federal troops were filmed driving around the same area in unmarked minivans and snatching people off the street without explaining why,” the outlet said.
Federal law enforcement officers have been driving around downtown Portland in unmarked cars to detain protesters “since at least July 14,” Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.
The outlet indicated that “personal accounts” and “multiple videos posted online” demonstrate that the troops are driving up to civilians and detaining them without any explanation.
The Bureau wrote in an updated statement Friday that a group of “a couple hundred people” gathered Thursday evening at Laurelhurst Park in Southeast Portland, while a separate group of “a couple hundred” met near the Justice Center in downtown.
Earlier this week, a woman was filmed holding her baby as she walked between federal troops and protesters in a now-viral video.