Portland Police placed hoods and earmuffs on demonstrators who were protesting in front of Portland’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building on Oct. 11, according to our affiliate KATU.
Police were called to remove the protesters after they were informed that there were more than 50 people who needed to leave and others who needed to enter the building.
When the police arrived, they found the protesters linked together with sleeping dragons, and they were blocking the building’s entrance and exit and its driveway.
Sleeping dragons are a tactic used by protesters to make it difficult for police to remove them from the spot of their protest. Often, sleeping dragons are made of metal or plastic pipes, concrete, cast iron, tar, chicken wire, duct tape, and chains. To use sleeping dragons, people place their hands inside a pipe and lock their arms and wrists together using handcuffs, chains, carabiners, or other methods.
The pipe is often wrapped in materials that make it extremely difficult to cut.
Many times, officers don’t know what’s in the sleeping dragons until they begin cutting and disassembling them.
Police often need to use power tools to cut off the sleeping dragons. This puts protesters at risk because the metal could create sparks.
The sleeping dragons at this protest were made of plastic pipe, yarn, fabric, chicken wire, steel bolts, and chains. The protesters connected their arms inside the pipes with chains.
As officers removed layers of the sleeping dragons, they realized they did not need to use power tools.
When they were finished cutting they took the hoods and earmuffs off the protesters.