- Once you are rested and in a safe place or at home, write down a narrative of what happened during your arrest. The sooner you can do this the better. Trauma can sometimes make it hard to remember events the further we get away from them. Keep this information in the safest place you can. If you have the resources, use an external hard drive.
- Document injuries if you have any and, again, keep that information safe. Click here for a guide on how to properly document injuries.
- Consider getting a COVID test.
- Protect yourself from the far right. Click here for a doxxing protections checklist. Make a safety plan if you feel like you will be targeted.
- If your bail was paid by a bail fund the money will be returned to you. We need you to return bail money back to the bail fund to keep our community support systems strong. Please note that if your charge is listed as ‘no complaint,’ rather than ‘dropped,’ you may not receive bail funds back from the state for months or even years.
- If the FBI or police knock on your door, contact you, or serve you a warrant, be in communication with your community about what has happened. You can also share this info with the Portland GDC.
- Make sure the people you keep company with know the importance of resisting a grand jury. Here are some zines about grand juries.
- What is happening for you emotionally is important to give attention to. Ask for the support you want. We need you in this fight for the long haul so reach out to your friends and lean on the support systems that will always sprout up in times of need. We are stronger together! PDX Alliance for Self-Care provides resources to arrestees including acupuncture, self-care, and post-protest/arrest mental health and herbal support via a secure, HIPAA-compliant online portal.
- Guide to documenting injuries
- Doxxing protections check list
- Where to share information about FBI and police visits and warrants
- Guides to grand juries
- Guide to first aid for emotional trauma
- Portland-area mental and physical care support
- Guide to chemical weapons aftercare
Getting Property Returned
To Find Your Belongings That Were Taken By The Police
- Call: 503-823-2179 and ask if your items are available for pick up
- If your property is considered evidence you will not be able to get it back until the arresting officer releases it
- If you can pick up your belongings go to: 2619 NW Industrial Way – Ste B-4 Portland, OR 97210. They are open Monday – Friday 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Bus lines #15 and #77 have stops within 1/2 mile.
To Find a Towed Vehicle After an Arrest
- Call 503-823-0044
- When you pick up your vehicle you will need to bring:
- Valid identification with a signature and photo — make sure it’s not expired
- Proof of ownership — vehicles will only be released to the owner
- Valid operator’s/ driver’s license — If you do not have a valid operator’s/driver’s license, you must bring a friend or tow-truck operator with a valid operator’s license
- The payment method that’s accepted by that specific location
To Find an Animal Taken By Police
Call Multnomah County Animal Control at 503-988-7387