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Fires set, fences moved: Police declare Portland protest a riot

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Portland police declared violent north Portland protest a riot in mid-July
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Shield and sword seized by Portland police from protesters

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters broke into a building, set it on fire and started dumpster fires late Saturday night in Portland, police said, as demonstrations that have been taking place since the death of George Floyd intensified for another night.

The fire at the Portland Police Association building was put out a short time later, Portland police said on Twitter. The department declared the gathering a riot, and began working to clear the downtown area.

Tear gas was deployed, according to pictures and video from the scene. Fencing that had been placed around federal courthouse had also been removed by protesters and made into barricades, police tweeted.

Earlier, militarized federal agents deployed by the president to Portland fired tear gas against protesters again late Friday night as the city's mayor demanded that the agents be removed and as the state's attorney general vowed to seek a restraining order against them.

Federal agents, some wearing camouflage and some wearing dark Homeland Security uniforms, used tear gas at least twice to break up crowds late Friday night.

Protests against systemic racism and police brutality have been a nightly feature in deeply liberal Portland since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd on May 25.

President Donald Trump has decried the disorder, helping make the clashes between police and demonstrators a national focus.

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Portland Police Bureau news releases:

Portland Police Bureau encourages peaceful demonstrations - and update from last night
Portland Police Bureau - 07/18/20 3:36 PM

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to supporting peaceful protests and demonstrations. Portland Police have remained inside or clear of the area around the Justice Center unless people commit criminal acts and plan to continue to deploy in that manner to allow lawful assembly and peaceful protest.

Today, Portland Police will again remain clear of peaceful protests and demonstrations but will respond if people light fires, barricade doors to the Justice Center, commit acts placing community members or public employees at grave risk of injury or interfere with the ability for public employees to conduct necessary functions of jobs in the Justice Center or other acts placing people at grave risk of injury.

Through the evening of Friday, July 17, 2020, and into the early morning of Saturday, July 18, 2020 the Portland Police Bureau worked to restore order in the area around the Justice Center in downtown Portland. Throughout the night, certain people associated with a crowd of hundreds committed criminal activity.

Recently the City of Portland closed Chapman Square Park and Lownsdale Square Park to conduct needed repairs. Fencing had been erected to keep people out of the closed parks.

Dozens of people removed fencing from the parks and used that fencing to block doors to the Justice Center and federal buildings on either side of it using sandbags to strengthen their barricade. People in the crowd used fencing to block streets adjacent to these buildings. Portland Police remained clear of this area for hours.

County and federal law enforcement officers occasionally exited their respective buildings under their own supervision and direction to clear doorways to their buildings. When they did, they were subject to projectiles such as rocks, bottles, pieces of metal and other thrown objects. People in the crowd fired commercial-grade fireworks at them.

At about 1:27 a.m. Portland Police began giving public address announcements to the crowd to disperse directing them to the west and provided several minutes for people to obey these orders, after barricades were put up in a manner that interfered with our ability to get in our out of our building.

The area between SW 1st to SW 6th and SW Columbia to SW Taylor was closed. After several minutes, hundreds of people remained blocking streets, some throwing projectiles. Portland Police formed lines of officers and moved to disperse the crowd. People threw more bottles, metal, and other objects at Portland Police officers.

As Portland Police performed their work, other law enforcement officers including some from federal agencies took action as well, under their own supervision and direction.

Portland Police dispersed the crowd beyond SW 6th then disengaged. After several minutes, at about 2:05 a.m. large numbers of people came back across SW 6th and began throwing more projectiles at Portland Police who reengaged to protect themselves and moved the crowd even further west and north. Slowly over the next ninety minutes the crowd broke into smaller groups and left.

Portland Police did not deploy CS gas.

Beginning tonight, command from the Federal Protective Service will not work in the Portland Police incident command center.

Last night, one Portland Police officer received a minor injury. Portland Police arrested seven people and booked them at jail.

22 year old Britt Mitchell: Interfering with a Peace Officer, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Obstructing Governmental Administration

31 year old Riley Harris: Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer

21 year old Paulo A. Amaro: Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer

25 year old Joseph Rivera: Attempt Elude (Vehicle)

21 year old Tiare L. Fauria: Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resist Arrest, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer

38 year old Melissa Martar: Interfering with a Public Safety Officer

23 year old Aubrey Quinn-Ward: Escape III, Resist Arrest, Interfering with a Public Safety Officer, Disorderly Conduct II, Riot

26 year old Dominic Williams: Interfering with a Public Safety Officer

27 year old Jeremy Vaiko: Interfering with a Public Safety Officer, Disorderly Conduct II


Group Activity in Portland July 17, 2020 (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/18/20 1:01 PM

In the evening hours of Friday, July 16, 2020, a group of a couple hundred people gathered outside the Justice Center in Downtown Portland. For several hours, the group blocked traffic on Southwest 3rd Avenue at Southwest Main Street. While several members of the group peacefully rallied, several others began pulling down the fence around Chapman and Lownsdale Squares.

Around 9:53 p.m., people within the group began moving pieces of the fence from the parks to outside the Justice Center. Once around the Justice Center, the fence was used to barricade Justice Center doors. Portland Police gave announcements from the sound truck, warning people to stop barricading important exits from the building. People kept barricading exits with pieces of the fence at the Justice Center for several hours, including the barricading of exit doors around the Federal Courthouse. Dozens of people worked to barricade the doors while hundreds either cheered them on or assisted.

At 12:32 a.m., the group began shooting commercial grade fireworks and smoke bombs towards the Justice Center near the barricaded doors on the south side of the building. During this time, the group was also using the fence to block traffic on Southwest Madison Street. Portland Police gave announcements from the sound truck to stop barricading the doors but people continued to do it.

At 1:33 a.m., an unlawful assembly was declared due to the threat of life safety to people including those inside of the Justice Center and Federal buildings. An area around the Justice Center was closed. The group was given time to leave the closed area, and told which direction to leave.

By 1:40 a.m. a majority of the group remained in the area, ignoring lawful orders from the sound truck. Officers arrived on scene and began dispersing the crowd to the west. During this time, several arrests were made. While dispersing the crowd, officers took projectiles such as glass bottles, rocks and broken pieces of metal from fencing. After dispersing the crowd to the west, officers disengaged.

At 2:10 a.m., several hundred people returned to the closed area. Once again, officers dispersed the crowd to the west, taking several more arrests. During the arrests, weapons and shields were taken from members in the group.

The remaining groups dissipated in the following hours.

No CS gas was used by the Portland Police Bureau.

Updates on arrest information was not available at the publication of this release. It will be updated when that information becomes available.

Anyone with information about individuals who committed criminal activity at any event is asked to share that information with the Portland Police Bureau. Information can be sent via email to

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  1. Hey, at least ap included the PPB’s news release.
    Sounds like a real lovefest, brought to you by “peaceful” rioters.
    Great job to all LEO’s for doing what you can!

          1. Well done. It was an honest piece and gave both sides of the picture.
            It’s what journalism should always strive for. Home run, Sir! 🙂

  2. If Governor Brown and Wheeler could do their jobs then it wouldn’t have come to this. Too bad they were too scared to. Another failure that will actually help Trump win. They should have stopped this weeks ago.

    1. I wouldn’t say they were scared to stop the rioters. Brown and Wheeler actually support ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter Marxist regime. This has never been about George Floyd. This is about anarchy and defunding the police. Our protections against the criminal element. George Floyd was a violent criminal that finally met his demise caused by his own behavior. He resisted arrest. If he had not resisted, they would not have had to pin him down. He caused this entire situation himself. not right that he died, but he was equally to blame for his own death. He chose his path and life he led. No one forced him to be the low life that he was.

      1. The only part of what you posted that wasn’t direct evidence of your tendency toward conspiracy theory and bigotry is “not right that he died.” Prior criminal history, resisting arrest and certainly not allegedly passing a fake $20 bill deserve a death sentence, not when other less deadly methods to restrain are available when more than one LEO is present.

        1. One bad cop out of how many?
          Statistics show that not only is systemic racism among police a lie, but that in fact the opposite is true. Law enforcement tend to hesitate more before using lethal force against minorities.
          Another fact is that while I believe Floyd was murdered, he did everything possible to put himself in that position.

        2. First of all I said nothing bigoted. If you log into the Black Lives Matter Inc. website you will see a red fist along with the black fist. The red fist has always been a symbol of Marxist Communistic views. And BLM has stated who they are in the past. As for my belief that Floyd caused the situation, I would say that even if he wasn’t a member of the Black community.No matter the color of your skin, if you resist arrest you will be forcibly brought to the ground and cuffed.
          The article also stated (since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd) The correct wording of this would be (since Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd)One Police officer did this while three other did nothing to stop it. I believe two of which were rookies

  3. Want to see the Federal troops leave??? Then have the Governor and Mayor Wheeler do their jobs and clear the streets of those that want to damage/destroy Federal buildings! Yes, it is just that simple!

  4. What if I were to tell you that the men in the unmarked cars picking people up were . . . CBP under control of DHS? Wouldn’t that suggest terrorist investigation?

  5. they were probably better off getting those pakistani samuri swords taken away from them. i tried to whack a small branch with one and it almost killed me when it broke

  6. I’m not sure Trump is a decent human being.
    However, he has forgotten more about leadership than the clowns running Salem and Portland ever knew. Thank you Mr. President. I am ashamed that we need his help.

    1. If trump were a decent human, he’d be handling this the way that the feds handled the Malheur occupation. Also, these protests probably wouldn’t be happening in the first place if trump were a decent human being. But he’s not and you’re going to do all that you can to keep your fellow indecent human being in power which makes you the same as him.

      1. Talk about a ignorant hypocrite . . . If Trump was more proactive in combating the violence in the cities, you would be crying, weeping, and screaming that he shouldn’t be! Why not put it into the laps of those that have the ability and power to stop the violence in Portland . . . The Mayor and the Governor? Instead, being the ignorant hypocrite you are, you ask why Trump isn’t stepping in and doing the Mayors and Governors jobs! PPshaa . . .

      2. trump is shutting down and exposing elite pedophiles around the world which is exactly why media hate him . you people believe in nearly every conspiracy theory cnn has given you. you people are so gullible. its mind blowing how u people support George soros and his ilk .. you people really are satan’s children

  7. Hey Trump haters, these are your people rioting in Portland. Mayor Wheeler and Kate Brown must have their heads so far up somewhere that they can’t see this happening. Not even close to peaceful as described by them.

    1. Treatment for leftism:
      First reach around to your backside, take a good hold of the back of your neck and pull as hard and quickly as you can until you hear the sound of a cork popping. Thunk! There, you can breath again

    1. It means Federal Law Enforcement that has added personal protective equipment to prevent injury from criminal activists . . . who tend to be armed with weapons.

  8. Mayor wheeler needs to implement a curfew because all these riots are happening at night…. A curfew that is enforced would put a stop to the riots pretty quickly.

  9. I would like to see more of these rioters actually charged with Rioting. I’m not sure why the police are wasting their time with little charges like Disorderly Conduct II at this point in the game.

  10. So does Trump’s stormtroopers invading Portland mean he plans a visit for a photo op with a bible or just another form of political grandstanding to appease the bloodlust of his base? Trump won’t take action against Putin for paying bounties on American military but he’ll use tear gas and authoritarian fear tactics against American citizens, many of whom ARE peacefully exercising their constitutional rights. What’s wrong with this picture?

        1. They have no centralized leadership . . . BUT, they do have leadership at the local levels.
          No funding??? Are you simply a Moron or just plain mentally challenged??? Do a little research and you’ll learn they have a seemingly endless supply of funding.
          No spin, just facts!

          1. I bet if we asked most folks at peaceful protests and counter-protests, “were you paid to be here?” (and even could somehow ‘prove’ it) it’d be found to be untrue. The folks causing destruction in Portland? That I’m not about to hazard a guess on. I doubt most people on all sides of the politics have an issue with tough enforcement against the violent folks. We could actually unite in that and try to get somewhere.

            1. We weren’t talking about the general, peaceful protester, Barney . . . We were talking about the instigators, those starting the fires, those throwing objects at LE, those attacking others. Federal LE is now identifying and “picking” them up for information gathering. More information will be coming soon.

              You are correct in assuming the two sides COULD come together about those committing the violence, but that will never happen while Democrats leaders are protecting those committing/investigating the violence. Just look at those commenting on KTVZ, Barney . . . There are members here that back/support/cover for/re-direct anything concerning ANTIFA and the violence.

                1. I hate to say it . . . but you’re too blind to see it! Plenty of people here post support for what is going on in Portland . . . calling the Federal LE “Stormtroopers” and covering for Antifa actions as being pro-progressive. Those that are condemning Trump for sending in Federal LE to protect Federal (public) property. Those that promote the actions of ANTIFA and BLM. Look around and it’s everywhere in the comment section. Those that want to de-fund the police . . . which will greatly increase the amount of violence and crime. Sorry Barney, but I’m not paid or expected to do your job! And yes, I’ve seen your remove clear threats of violence and also warn people for clear threats. However, you fail to see the support for it as well. Sorry, but that’s my own personal humble opinion, for what little it’s worth. I’m also sorry if the truth hurts.

                2. To say someone who believes the federal government’s actions are wrong automatically means those people “support violence” is not a line of logic you will get me to buy, Steven. I believe most would say federal officers defending federal property makes perfect sense. There are other actions that are under scrutiny, as you know – and of course I wish the city and state would work with the feds to target the criminals.

    1. They are not “Stormtroopers”!
      They are not military!
      They are Law Enforcement Officers equipped with personal protective equipment to prevent injury to the officers.
      They are dressed and equipped no differently then what SWAT would wear in the same circumstances. They are paid by the hour and not by numbers (bounty).
      Tear gas is an internationally recognized deterrent when large numbers of protesters/looters/rioters are involved.
      Rioting/looting IS NOT peacefully exercising their constitutional rights.
      Using unmarked cars is not un-Constitutional.
      Identifying what specific LE organization you belong to is not a Constitutional requirement.

      You need to go back to school and learn the truth . . . Educate yourself!

      1. One of the first things they teach LE is to identify yourself so a perp has no legal reason to resist. Oh yeah, and there’s the little constitutional right requiring probable cause and being read your rights before being blindfolded, thrown into a van and detained for hours without explanation. The videos I’ve seen of these feds in action didn’t show anybody rioting or looting who was grabbed by the feds. Funny how most were released as soon as they had the wherewithal to ask for a lawyer. Nothing but political grandstanding and completely ineffective.

        1. They have to simply identify themselves as police . . . they don’t have to state what LE organization they are members of. They may be blindfolded for security reasons! They do not need to be transported in a clearly marked vehicle. They can be held for a specific period of time and so far it has only been for a short period of time. They have identified these people as instigators, possible members of the ANTIFA terrorist organization, or as people that have attacked other LE . . . So yes, they have probable cause.

          The reason they were released when they asked for a lawyer, is because they felt or didn’t feel they could get further information, without violating the persons Constitutional rights. Specifically to remain silent and have a lawyer present during questioning.

          Man have you been duped! The answers I gave are based on the Constitution and from personal experience . . . Any 6th grader should be able to identify your ignorance on these matters, but then again, this is 2020 and Oregon.

  11. Succeed from Portland. Tired of our tax $$ being sent to them. They created this cesspool. Let them lay in it all by themselves, instead of the rest of the state paying for Portland.

    1. Whether it is declare a riot or not, is up to the head of LE on scene. When things get out of hand or there is looting, or the LE feel they can not control the situation, or there is fires, or the lives of LE are in danger . . . It becomes a riot.

  12. I don’t know how anyone could defend these losers. They’re terrorists. Attacking people and destroying property while Brown and Wheeler think they’re showing Donald Trump who’s boss. They’re making themselves look absolutely incompetent. Anyone supporting these punks would think differently if it was in your neighborhood.

    1. I still haven’t heard anyone of any party “supporting” those who commit violence. If we can’t differentiate and go after them without broad-brush dismissing/rejecting the movement they are “hiding among” to do their crimes, we’re sunk.

      1. “I still haven’t heard anyone of any party “supporting” those who commit violence.”

        Did you really expect any political person out there to “verbally support” violence ? Nonsense- they do it through their actions- or in this case “no action”. Like Nancy Pelosi- who sat on her duff and said during the middle of various historical statues being torn down across the US- “the people will decide”.

        These are not the first riots to beheld in Portland this summer- it seems that you have just been “awaken” to the violence and destruction… These violent acts have termed “Summer block” parties here if I do recall.

          1. Well- that’s fine and dandy- but your assertion that you didn’t “hear” anyone openly “support” the violence and rioting going on in Portland this year is somewhat of a no brainer- like I said- their “support” is proven through their lack of action… it happened in Seattle ( a place where Z21 repeated a story that described the violence as nothing more than a summer block party) until people started getting killed- young people at that !

            I hardly doubt you’ve never heard that “actions speak louder than words”. Wheeler and Brown’s actions speak volumes- they despise their police departments and could care less about the citizens of Portland- Good ! Maybe Portlanders will wise up and toss em both out !

      2. Let me educate you then, Barney . . . Mayor Wheeler and Governor Brown BOTH have the power and ability to stop the violence and still permit peaceful demonstrations, without rioting and looting. BUT neither one has taken even one step in doing what is necessary. Instead, they’ve reduced the bail/charges . . . allowing them to go right back on the street.

        Don’t ignore the fact that Pelosi and a number of Democrat Senators and Congressmen have come to the aid of ANTIFA, by going after the Federal LE, that have identified those linked to the rioting and looting.

        So YES, Barney . . . One specific party HAS been identified as supporting those instigating or participating in the violence/looting!

  13. since its a damn riot every flippin night, why dont we declare it a riot as soon as they start gathering. it’s a technique my mom used its called nipping it in the bud.

      1. Read it again… and then take your liberal bias off to Portland !

        “its a damn riot every flippin night”

        Cripes even the headline screams “Police declare Portland protest a riot” !!!

        Pulling your first amendment card seems so out of touch it’s almost laughable !

  14. From the PPB information it sounds like they’re taking the best approach: addressing the acts of violence and property destruction, and allowing the non-violent protesters to go their way. Unlike Dump’s goon squad they have to live with the aftermath, and are walking that fine line between Constitutional and law enforcement. Let them do their work, which appears to be more professional than the feds (how many arrests have been made by PPB and how many by the feds rather than kidnapping and beatings?).

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