Top aide for Oregon House Speaker among dozens arrested in Portland

A top aide to the Oregon House Speaker was among the dozens arrested in Portland, Ore., over the weekend, police confirmed to The Hill Thursday.

Kristina Narayan, 29, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with interfering with a peace officer after protests evolved into a police-declared riot in Portland.

Narayan’s LinkedIn profile lists Oregon House Speaker Rep. Tina Kotek (D) as her employer since September 2016 and says she has served as legislative director since May 2018.

“Kristina Narayan was arrested for Interfering with a Police Officer after the event became a riot and the crowd was given multiple orders to disperse, which she did not do,” Portland Police Bureau spokesperson Officer Derek Carmon told The Hill.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office records indicate that Narayan was arrested at 2:07 am. on Sunday, was released later that day and did not have to pay bail.  

Kotek’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Narayan was among 59 people who were arrested during the riot that occurred Saturday night into Sunday morning. Police declared a riot after 9:15 p.m. after protesters threw “multiple fire bombs at officers,” with one catching a community member on fire, according to a police release. Rocks, fireworks and mortars were also thrown at officers. 

“This criminal activity presented an extreme danger to life safety for all community members, and prompted a declaration of a riot,” the release stated. “The crowd was advised over loudspeaker that it was a riot and they were to leave the area to the east immediately” or risk arrest.

The Washington Free Beacon first reported her arrest on Wednesday. 

Portland erupted in protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May. The demonstrations and riots have continued since, prompting President TrumpDonald John TrumpCohen: ‘I guarantee that it’s not going to go well for whoever’ set up Woodward interview Pompeo says ‘substantial chance’ Navalny poisoning was ordered by senior Russian official Trump says he ‘almost definitely’ won’t read Woodward book MORE at one point in July to send federal law enforcement to quell the unrest. 

Most of the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality have been peaceful, but others have evolved into violence and looting.

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