Portland, OR – A woman has been arrested for jumping on the front of a Portland police officer’s motorcycle as he was trying to evade a hostile group of activists (video below).
The incident occurred at about midnight on Oct. 3 after an angry group of protesters swarmed the Penumbra Kelly building in southeast Portland where the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and multiple Portland police specialty units are housed, according to a press release from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).
Anti-police activists, many of whom were wearing gas masks, helmets, and body armor, as well as carrying shields, began marching at about 9 p.m. and called for the complete abolition of the police department and prisons, KGW reported.
Officers ordered the crowd off the property of the Penumbra Kelly building and out of the street after they began flashing high-powered flashlights at police, but they continued blocking traffic in the area for several hours.
Police said that at about midnight, a motorcycle officer approached two vehicles that were blocking traffic at East Burnside Avenue and North 47th Avenue.
Cell phone video posted to social media showed that one of the vehicles fled and the officer did not pursue him.
Nearby activists began cheering, the video showed.
The officer continued to talk to the driver of the second vehicle as a hostile crowd surrounded him and began screaming.
“Back up,” the officer yelled multiple times in the video.
Portland police said in their press release that the individuals in the crowd lobbed unknown objects at the officer.
Seeing the officer was occupied, the cell phone video showed the driver of the stopped vehicle pulled away from the officer to the cheers of the protesters.
The officer returned to his motorcycle and got on, the video showed.
But the screaming mob surrounded him and several women jumped directly in front of his path, the video showed.
The officer proceeded slowly away from them and one female protester jumped on the front of the officer’s motorcycle and began shrieking at him.
The video showed the officer did not stop but continued to slowly drive until the woman jumped off the motorcycle a few seconds later.
“Due to the extreme danger of a hostile crowd, the officer slowly pulled his motorcycle forward to disengage, turning to avoid some people standing in his path,” PPB said in the press release. “During the maneuver, a woman jumped on the front of the motorcycle and was pushed aside. The officer was uninjured.”
The video showed the angry mob chasing after the officer as it ended.
Additional officers and a medic responded to the scene but encountered a hostile mob of protesters, according to police.
PPB said the woman who jumped on the officer’s motorcycle had refused medical attention and left the scene as officers arrived, and when the crowd turned violent, police left the area.
Then officers received a tip that the woman who jumped on the police motorcycle had returned to the Penumbra Kelly building less than an hour later.
Officers apprehended 22-year-old Tealeanna Lindseth near where the incident occurred.
PPB said officers took Lindseth to the hospital to be checked out on the way to booking, but when they returned to their vehicle parked in the hospital parking lot, all of the tires had been slashed.
Lindseth was charged with riot, two counts of interfering with a peace officer, and two counts of disorderly conduct and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, according to the press release.
Police said three other protesters were arrested in connection with the mob at the Penumbra Kelly building that night, two of whom tried to block officers from arresting Lindseth.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic content and obscene language: