The following is a message not from the Occupy Portland General Assembly, but rather is what has been reported to the Occupy Portland Web Team:
Police said no officers or people arrested were injured during the park clearance. What the police didn’t publicize is that they trashed Occupy Portland’s American Sign Language interpreter, Justin, unconscious. After his beating, he was hauled off by the clothing around his neck, where he gasped and pleaded for air until he passed out. Justin was not arrested,
so the police statement remains true***we are now receiving news that arrestees were injured, more information available soon***
After a conversation with Justin, over the phone, one occupier reports that our ASL interpreter (and groovy guitarist) has no feeling in his right leg and cannot use his arm, which allows Occupy Portland interpret for those in our community who communicate by signing.
The following video includes footage of a beating, shot from the crowd. What appears to be Justin can be seen around 8:40.