Jennifer Kristiansen Wiki, Bio, Age, Husband, Children, Arrested, Released

Who is Jennifer Kristiansen? Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Husband, Children, Arrested, Released, Statement, Viral Video

Jennifer Kristiansen Wiki – Biography

Jennifer Kristiansen is a Portland mother and attorney who was arrested while protesting with the “Wall of Moms,” a group of women who have joined protests outside of the federal courthouse in the Oregon city. Kristiansen told Heavy she has ripped away from a line of fellow moms by federal officers who did not have any insignias or identifying information on their black and camouflage uniforms. Kristiansen also told Heavy she was groped and assaulted by the officer who arrested her. She later learned he was part of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Jennifer Kristiansen Age

Jennifer Kristiansen is 37 years old.

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Husband & Children

Kristiansen, the mother of a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old, was protesting at the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse for the first time on Monday night, July 21, when she was arrested. Kristiansen had decided to join dozens of other yellow-shirt-wearing mothers who had taken to the streets alongside protesters who have been at the courthouse for more than 50 days supporting Black Lives Matter, calling for police reform and an end to police violence. According to CNN, the moms were spurned to protect the protesters after the Department of Homeland Security officers escalated violence against protesters at the courthouse after they were sent to the city by President Donald Trump.

Kristiansen worked for a family law firm in Oregon until recently leaving to look for a new job. She graduated from Western Oregon University in 2004 and from the University of Oregon in 2007 with a journalism degree, before earning her law degree from Lewis & Clark College in 2015.

Kristiansen said her husband and sister-in-law watched her being arrested on a live stream, something she says she wouldn’t wish on anyone, “the feds need to get out of our damn town and stop doing that to families.”

Arrested

Kristiansen was one of four protesters arrested on July 20 and charged by the Oregon U.S. Attorney’s Office, according to court records. The other four protesters were men. A 22-year-old and a 23-year-old were charged with failing to obey a lawful order, a 44-year-old, who is part of the PDXDadPod, was charged with disorderly conduct on federal property and 18-year-old was charged with failing to obey a lawful order and disorderly conduct on federal property, records show. All have been released from custody.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Heavy.

Jennifer Kristiansen is a 37-year-old Portland mother and attorney who was arrested while protesting with the “Wall of Moms,” a group of women who have joined protests outside of the federal courthouse in the Oregon city. Kristiansen told Heavy she has ripped away from a line of fellow moms by federal officers who did not have any insignias or identifying information on their black and camouflage uniforms. Kristiansen also told Heavy she was groped and assaulted by the officer who arrested her. She later learned he was part of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Kristiansen was taken into custody after midnight when federal agents emerged from the courthouse and began to use tear gas, flashbangs, batons, and impact munitions to force the crowd gathered there to disperse, live streams of the protest showed. Court documents filed by prosecutors provide little information about the accusations against her.

The misdemeanor information accuses Kristiansen of “forcible assault” on “Agent Victim 1,” a federal officer who was performing his official duties on July 21. It does not include any other details. It also accuses her of willfully entering the federal property and of failing to comply with the lawful direction of federal police officers.

There are no records of any other members of the “Wall of Moms” group being arrested by federal authorities during their three nights at the protests near the courthouse. Kristiansen said she is not sure if any of the other members of the group were taken into custody and then released without charges.

Kristiansen was one of four protesters arrested on July 20 and charged by the Oregon U.S. Attorney’s Office, according to court records. The other four protesters were men. A 22-year-old and a 23-year-old were charged with failing to obey a lawful order, a 44-year-old, who is part of the PDXDadPod, was charged with disorderly conduct on federal property and 18-year-old was charged with failing to obey a lawful order and disorderly conduct on federal property, records show. All have been released from custody.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Heavy.

Viral Video

A video posted by freelance Portland journalist Sergio Olmos, which you can watch above, captured the moment Jennifer Kristiansen has pulled away from her fellow moms and taken into the courthouse by federal agents. Kristiansen told Heavy she was in a line with other moms in the front of the protest when “things started to get spicy.” She said federal agents were shooting “out of the murder hole,” (a designation protesters have given to holes in the wood planks on the courthouse that federal officers have fired out of at protesters), and “throwing the gas, flash bangs.” Kristiansen said the two women to her right peeled off because they were only wearing cloth masks, not a respirator like she was. She was then at the end of the line.

Jennifer Kristiansen Statement

Kristiansen said, “We were being pushed back, we’re walking backward,” but there was a big crowd behind them. “We’re linked arm to arm, so we’re slow, but we are leaving,” she told Heavy. She said she was then pushed by an officer who was about 6’2″ tall (she said she’s about 5 feet tall), with a baton. She then heard the woman to her right scream that the officer had hit her breast.

Kristiansen said she then used her arm that was free to put herself between her and the officer with the baton. She said if he swung again, she wanted it to be her arm that would be hit, not the other woman’s breast again. She said then, out of nowhere, another federal officer arrived. Both officers only had tags that said “police DHS,” no name tags or anything else identifying themselves or their agency, she said. “I’m a lawyer and even I don’t know what that means,” Kristiansen said.

According to Kristiansen, the newly arrived federal agent said to the other one, “this is the one that hit me.” The officer who had hit them with a baton looked at her and said, “this one hit you?” according to Kristiansen, and the other officer responded yes. He then said, “whatever,” and started to pull her off the line, she said. The other moms tried to pull her away from the officer, but then two officers in camouflage grabbed her. She said she later realized that one had wrapped his arm around her sternum, leaving her with bruises and tenderness around her chest.

“Before we go in, he pushes me up against the wall, facing the wall, and uses his left hand to cup my right breast,” Kristiansen told Heavy.” “And his right hand to flip up my skirt and grab my right butt cheek.” She said, the “thought went through my head, ‘how much worse is this going to be?’ ‘Is this the day I get raped against the building?’ Then it was over and he was dragging me inside.”

Kristiansen said was taken into the federal building and was not told her charges or told that she was under arrest. She said they handcuffed her behind her back and took her into an elevator. Inside the elevator, she was pushed into a corner by a federal officer, she said. Kristiansen said there were four officers in the elevator with her. One told her to “stop resisting,” and she said back, “I’m 100 pounds, I’m not resisting.” She said he then yelled at her, “shut up.”

Kristiansen said she has been to protests before, but decided to join these specific protests when women she knew joined the “Wall of Moms.” Kristiansen said she knows a lot of the moms from other activism and areas of life, including the local Multnomah County Democrats. Kristiansen said she did not plan to get arrested and expected to be fine. She told her husband she would be home by 1 a.m.

She said because of her arrest, she is not allowed to be at the courthouse. But if not for that, Kristiansen said, she would have been right back out at the protests once her body healed, because it is “too important not to.”

Kristiansen said, “I don’t think the protest and the chants, and the jeers and the signs, and even the moms are going to change the minds of the feds, or the president of Chad Wolf, but that’s not the point. The point is changing popular opinion.” She said once a popular opinion is swayed, public officials will be pressured to make changes. She said she hopes federal representatives will demand accountability for the federal officers who are at the courthouse.

Released from Jail

Kristiansen was released from custody after several hours and her first court appearance. It was the first time she’s been arrested. According to Kristiansen, after the elevator ride with the federal agents, when they got upstairs inside the federal building, Kristiansen said she was able to send a cryptic text message to her husband using her watch, because one of her handcuffs was so lost it slipped off her wrist, to let him know she was in custody. Someone called the National Lawyers Guild to get her legal aid since she was not given a phone call or access to an attorney while in custody. She said federal agents tried to question her, but she invoked her right to remain silent
and the right to an attorney.

She said she would later learn the officers who arrested her were with the U.S. Marshals Service while she was being fingerprinted on Tuesday before her release. Kristiansen said she was left with a “literal handprint bruise,” on her arm.

According to Kristiansen, she was the only woman arrested Monday night and held at the federal building, so she was in a holding cell by herself for several hours, with just a metal bench and a metal prison toilet sink. She said she was not given food or a blanket. She was taken in an unmarked SUV to the Multnomah County Detention Center about 7:15 a.m. and booked there. Kristiansen told Heavy the deputies at the sheriff’s office jail said it was “unusual” that she and the four men she was arrested with were wearing ankle shackles. She said she showed the deputies her bruises and they said that’s what the federal officers do things.

Kristiansen said the jail staff were kind and gave her food. She spent several hours in a solitary confinement cell because she could not be put into the general population due to the pandemic. About 1:30 p.m., she was taken back to the courthouse for her arraignment. She said after pleading not guilty, she was released. She said she and the others were not given back their personal belongings, including her ID, phone, and everything else she had with her.

Kristiansen said she has an attorney who she will be working with on the next steps of her case. According to federal court records, Kristiansen was released under the conditions that she comply with a curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 p.m.m and not enter the five blocks that surround the U.S. Courthouse unless she has official court business there or approval of the court.

Kristiansen is facing two misdemeanors: assault on a federal officer and failing to obey a lawful order. Assault on a federal officer is a class A misdemeanor that carries up to 1 year in prison. The other charge is a petty offense or class C misdemeanor.

Kristiansen wrote in the Wall of Moms group after her release, “To the angels who called NLG, and were, therefore, able to let my husband know what happened, thank you from the bottom of my cold, black heart.” … My husband has heard me tell the whole tale twice now, and has stopped being angry at me for being careless (his perception, just based on what he saw from the live feeds), and is now *livid* at the men who roughed up & groped his wife. My bruises are SPECTACULAR.”

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