A total of six people were arrested Monday in relation to a protest involving environmental groups at the Oregon State Capitol buildiing in Salem. Oregon State Police and Salem Police Department, with the help of Salem Fire Department, were on scene during the day monitoring a group of approximately 50 protestors, most of which remained inside the building. There were no other arrests and the remaining protestors left the building just prior to closing at 5:00 p.m.
The following six people were transported to the Marion County Jail where they were booked, cited and then released from custody:
LAURA ASHLEY SAMUELS, age 22, from Carlton, Oregon (Arrested from American Flag Pole)
ALEXANDRA GLOSTER, age 22, from Berkley, California (Arrested from Oregon Flag Pole)
CAMERON MICHAEL KENNEDY, age 22, from Eugene, Oregon (Arrested from Treasurer's Office)
NICOLE DENTREMONT, age 22, from Eugene, Oregon (Arrested from Secretary of State's Office)
MARY ROSETT, age 31, from Missoula, Montana (Arrested from Secretary of State's Office)
ANNA K. ARMSTRONG, age 19, from Bend, Oregon (Arrested from Secretary of State's Office)
All were cited to appear at a later date in Marion County Circuit Court for Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, Disorderly Conduct in the First Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree. No photographs from the jail available for this release.
On June 24, 2012 at approximately 11:00 a.m. the group of protestors, including two who climbed flag poles outside on the east and west side of the State Capitol to display homemade banners, started the protest. The majority of protestors were inside the building's hallways. Five protestors, three in one location and two in another location, were occupying entrances inside offices of the Secretary of State and State Treasurer, refusing to leave. Three were using improvised securement devices to attach themselves to each other. The other two used bike locking devices around their necks.
At approximately 2:20 p.m. the Legislative Administrator notified the individuals in each office that they were directed to leave or would be subject to arrest. Four of the 5 people, three adult females and one adult male, refused to leave and were arrested. The other person, an adult female, voluntarily left after being identified.
Unknown person(s) poured about a gallon of muddy water on the hallway floor in front of the door entrance to the State Treasurer's office.