According to a lawsuit filed against the city of Portland in 2016, the co-founder of Portland's Resistance, Kat Stevens, police officers responding to a protest against the inauguration of then-president Donald Trump "twisted" her head and "repeatedly struck" the side of her face and neck, "intentionally inflicting pain" while they held her down on the ground.
"This continued after an officer dragged me to an alcove, twisting my body and causing internal bruising and spraining my elbow," Stevens said in an account of the incident shared by the ACLU. "As an officer kneeled on my back, the other officers continued to press his fingers deep into my face and neck. My neck was twisted by police in unnatural ways for absolutely no reason."
This Wednesday, her husband and fellow activist Gregory McKelvey announced that they settled with the city four years after the incident took place.
"After 3 years, we finally settled with The City of Portland over this event where police tried to kill my wife," McKelvey wrote in a tweet along with a video of the incident. "They were unwilling to admit any wrongdoing. So I guess the public can be the judge. They sent a check for pain and suffering and attorney fees."
We would have loved to fight this to court but people don’t understand how triggering it is and how much the proces… https://t.co/8h0gdGTbHR— Gregory McKelvey (@Gregory McKelvey) 1614803730
McKelvey and Stevens were arrested on Nov. 21, 2016, after police say they "encouraged a protest group mainly made up of Portland Public School students to disrupt traffic and ignore officers' instructions," KATU reported at the time. After McKelvey shared video of the incident, Portland Police released the full reports detailing the incident, including the addresses and phone numbers of McKelvey, Stevens and fellow activist Micah Rhodes.
McKelvey claimed police violated state law by doing so.