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The Latest: Portland police arrest 10 in clash over contract

October 12, 2016 - 10:28 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Latest on police protests in Portland, Oregon (all times local):

10:10 p.m.

Portland police say they have increased the number of protesters arrested at City Hall from nine to 10.

The Portland Police Bureau issued the information as a correction Wednesday night.

People were protesting at a City Council meeting at which council members approved a new police contract that raises questions about the use of body cameras and gives police officers a raise.

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5:40 p.m.

Portland police say they arrested nine people who were protesting at City Hall over a new police contract that raised questions about the future use of body cameras and gives officers a pay raise.

The Portland Police Bureau said in statement late Wednesday that protesters threw objects at officers both inside and outside of City Hall.

Protesters are now dispersing from the downtown area after a day of demonstrations.

Demonstrators disrupted a Wednesday meeting the City Council convened to consider the contract.

With demonstrators inside City Hall, Mayor Charlie Hales adjourned the meeting soon after it began.

Commissioners later reconvened in a secure location not open to the public and approved the contract 3-1.

The protesters are with Black Lives Matter and Don't Shoot Portland.

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1:40 p.m.

The Portland City Council approved a new police contract in a conference room that was blocked off from the general public because of protests that led to arrests.

Members of Black Lives Matter and Don't Shoot PDX were unhappy with contract language regarding the use of body cameras by police. They also wanted Mayor Charlie Hales to avoid handling negotiations, and let Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler handle the task when he takes office in January.

But Hales pressed ahead, and the council passed the contract Wednesday.

Protesters clashed with police outside City Hall. The Portland Police Bureau said on Twitter that officers deployed pepper spray and made arrests. The bureau says protesters threw "projectiles" at officers.

Hales said the labour contract will help the city fill vacancies in the police bureau.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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