Was it a sniper on the roof of a Portland hotel on Tuesday night?
Coverage of the protests has dominated the news cycle and social media for almost a week now. Protests in Portland were powerful, completely peaceful spectacles until tempers flared and arrests were made Monday night. This drew more coverage for the planned protest in downtown Portland on Tuesday night, bringing reporters and photographers in droves to cover the historic scene. But amid great moments of solidarity between protesters and police, an image shared on social media has caused serious concern among people.
Shared on Twitter by Derek Davis, he noticed something peculiar on the roof of the Hampton Inn hotel in downtown Portland. Davis, a photojournalist for the Portland Press Herald, captioned his photo with “someone is on the roof of the Hampton Inn watching the protest.” However, many commenters were quick to react with a fair question about this photo, “is this a sniper?”
One of Davis’ Twitter followers zoomed in on the photo and it certainly appears to be of a sniper surveying the protesting crowd below. Tiffany Bond, independent candidate for Congress from Maine, tweeted at Portland Police asking if it was one of their officers. They have not responded via Twitter at the time of this writing, but a commenter on Bond’s post confirmed that police have placed officers at strategic points around the city to ensure the safety of protesters as well as businesses along the way. along the protest route, some of them. which had suffered damage on Monday evening.
It is hoped that the moment of unity shared by protesters and police on Tuesday night will ease tensions going forward.