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Portland police declare riot during anti-police demonstration

Graffiti on Portland bus stop amid anti-police protest, declared a riot Friday night
Portland Police Bureau
Graffiti on Portland bus stop amid anti-police protest, declared a riot Friday night

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Portland police declared a riot Friday night after people started smashing windows on Northwest 23rd Avenue during a planned anti-police demonstration. 

KGW reported that people gathered at Couch Park on Northwest 20th and Hoyt, then began marching in the streets and blocking traffic shortly after 9 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) tweeted. 

By 9:30 p.m., the crowd had moved to Northwest 23rd Avenue, a popular shopping street, and began smashing windows of a Starbucks. 

Within 10 minutes, police declared a riot in the area of Northwest 23rd and Hoyt and started directing people to leave the area. They warned that anyone committing crimes was subject to arrest and the use of force, including tear gas and impact munitions. 

At 9:50 p.m., police said the crowd was heading east into a neighborhood. Follow PPB's Twitter account for updates. 

Portland police later tweeted there had been one arrest for crimes committed during the riot. They said the rioters "appear to have wandered away from Northwest Portland. Officers are patrolling the area."

Police were aware of the demonstration before it happened and sent out a press release warning of the possibility of criminal activity. 

This is the third night of unrest in Northwest Portland since former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death on Tuesday, April 20. 

Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a state of emergency following Tuesday's verdict to prepare for the possibility of violence or destruction in the city. On Friday, the state of emergency was extended through the weekend. 

Portland’s mayor and acting police chief are urging the public to safely stand up to the black bloc group of demonstrators who continue to plan events that generally end with broken windows, fires and other vandalism.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports both said Friday they believe residents are tired of seeing the threats and destruction by a small group of “self-described anarchists.”

Wheeler extended a state of emergency in the city and directed police to arrest people engaged in crimes if they can do so safely to prevent and limit destruction. He also asked residents to share with police the license plates of people who drive to the events.

KTVZ news sources

The Associated Press

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  1. “Portland’s mayor and acting police chief are urging the public to safely stand up to the black bloc group of demonstrators who continue to plan events that generally end with broken windows, fires and other vandalism.” Interesting turn around for Portland’s mayor.

    1. The black bloc group has been around since before the 90s and have basically been doing pop-up rioting for 2-3 decades, but that doesn’t stop the GOP goldfish-memory from saying these are democrats and BLM protestors.

    2. Except the feckless Ted Wheeler demanded people don’t defend themselves or their property from these terrorists. After defunding PPB and so many cops resigning in that progressive paradise he still says self defense for yourself is something for the cops. Cops who Portland’s leadership despise. YAY progressives!!!

  2. Wheeler and Kate made this all happen and now trying to redeem themselves. Both ought to be booted out of office as the constitution directs them to protect people and property.

  3. “…safely stand up….”

    Is he suggesting that people should show up armed? That would keep them safe. Is it riot(er) season? I’ll have to check the ODFW site.

  4. Teddy and company have let go on to long without punishment. Until they start arresting and locking up these punks it will never end. Embarrassing for Oregon.

  5. If the Police and Mayor are aware of the impending threat….why the heck don’t they do something about it? Why would you sit back and allow this to happen over and over and over ? Lefty Lunacy?

  6. Downtown Portland weather:
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    Rain, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. High near 53. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%, chace of riots 10%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Decreasing chance of rain tomorrow with an increasing chance of riots.

    1. Profiling is only bad when you can score some points by denouncing it. Ted now wants you to call the police if you see people in a car dressed in black.

  7. All cops should quit and leave Portland to it’s progressive utopian goals. Portland has long been proud of its progressive roots. They can show us the way forward when they run everything.

  8. Portland has become a bitter echo of what was once a truly diverse, fun, clean, interesting American city.

    Good job, GOV Brown, Mayor Wheeler, and a city council that long ago lost control and don’t know how to get it back.

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