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Flag Pole Protestor Arrested at Oregon State Capitol
05/10/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested a protestor Thursday morning after he climbed about 80 feet up a flag pole in front of the Oregon State Capitol building in Salem. After about 90 minutes, the man voluntarily came down and was taken into custody.
 
On May 10, 2012 at approximately 7:45 a.m. PERRY THOMPSON GRAHAM, age 23, from Eugene, climbed the U.S. flag pole in front of the Oregon State Capitol building where he remained while holding a banner. A small group of about five protestors associated with Cascadia Forest Defenders came to the scene with GRAHAM and were on the ground near the pole. OSP troopers responded to the scene and took GRAHAM into custody after he voluntarily came down the pole at 9:24 a.m.
 
After his arrest, GRAHAM was taken to the Marion County Jail for Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.
 
Arrangements are being made to rent equipment to remove the banner left attached to the flag pole.