Posted on June 23, 2022

Protester Arrested After Twerking in Front of Cops Gets $75K Settlement

Amanda Arden and Gabby Urenda, KOIN, June 21, 2022

A woman who said she was falsely arrested after twerking to NWA’s “F*** Tha Police” at a Black Lives Matter rally in Portland received $75,000 from the city in a settlement.

In exchange for the settlement money, Alonna Mitsch agreed to drop charges against Portland Police Bureau {snip}

Alonna Mitsch twerking

Alonna Mitsch twerking

Mitsch, a Black woman, filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Portland and the police officers on Aug. 17, 2021.

The lawsuit stated that during the August 2019 protest, Mitsch was wearing Black Lives Matter clothing and taking part in the large demonstration. {snip}

While counter-demonstrators marched downtown, Mitsch crossed the street and heard music blaring from the song. She then briefly twerked to the music in the bike lane area of the crosswalk {snip}


She claimed that while on the sidewalk, PPB officers, including the ones named in the lawsuit, ran up on her from behind, pulled or twisted her arms, swung her down to the ground from behind and arrested her {snip}

Mitsch accused the officers of racially profiling her and arresting her because she was a Black woman engaging in “Expressive conduct supporting Black Lives Matter and critical to police.” {snip}

After she was arrested, Mitsch was charged with disorderly conduct.