The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) arrested a top aide to Oregon House of Representatives Speaker Tina Kotek (D) for participating in that city’s nightly riots.
Officers booked Kristina Narayan into jail after riots erupted late last Saturday, along with 58 other anarchists. Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office listed her charge as interfering with a Peace Officer, a misdemeanor.
It’s unclear if Narayan’s arrest will imperil her job as Speaker Kotek’s Legislative Director. She was released without bail.
Kristina Narayan was arrested at the Portland #antifa riot where firebombs were thrown at people. She’s the legislative dir. for the Ore Democrat speaker of the House @TinaKotek. Kotek recently denounced Portland Police in a letter. https://t.co/4HLjSn67bv https://t.co/fz1dSHF3Bo pic.twitter.com/Y7L48opdMs
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 10, 2020
Townhall’s Julio Rosas reports:
Kotek had previously criticized the PPB in July for using tear gas to disperse crowds of rioters, saying the police’s behavior was “unacceptable.”
“It was an unnecessary escalation by the PPB against people exercising their freedom of assembly and freedom of speech,” Kotek said. “It showed an utter inability to exercise restraint. Smart policing is when an officer can differentiate a minor provocation from a serious threat. Nothing about this was smart.”
The riot where Narayan was arrested at occurred the same night a thrown Molotov cocktail fell short of hitting Portland police and instead set a protester on fire.
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) September 6, 2020