Early in the morning of August 13, officers with the Portland Police Bureau punctured four of the No Pity Van’s tires while we were complying with their orders to leave the area.
As we’ve done since early June, the No Pity Van was downtown to support the community through our affiliation with Portland United Against Hate (PUAH), as well as to provide medical supplies for street medics, and PPE and water to anyone who needs it.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time law enforcement has damaged the van: On July 25, while the van was trying to leave the area in accordance with police orders, a federal officer fired a munition that hit and destroyed the windshield.
If these actions were meant to discourage our continued support of our community, they have actually done the opposite. We have repaired the van and plan to double down our support of the community members who are standing up against injustice. Black Lives Matter.
You cannot stop us. We are the Rose City.