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‘Burn it down’: Portland protesters light fire near police precinct; 15 arrested

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Portland Police Bureau
Baton, stun gun among items Portland police seized from arrested protesters.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fire started outside a police precinct on Portland's north side resulted in about 15 arrests during protests Sunday night into Monday morning, police said.

Demonstrators protesting police brutality began marching at about 9 p.m. Sunday and stopped at the North Precinct Community Policing Center, the site of several volatile protests in recent months.

Officials warned demonstrators against entering the precinct property, saying they would be trespassing and subject to arrest.

Shortly after arriving, the crowd began chanting, among other things, “burn it down," police said in a statement. Some in the group lit a mattress on fire just after 10 p.m.

“Because it was not an immediate threat to life safety or structures, officers remained far back and did not engage,” police said. “Another mattress was added to the fire, as was some yard debris. The larger fire began to send lit embers into the air.”

Since Multnomah County has a burn ban in effect due to extremely dry conditions, firefighters came in to extinguish the blaze.

Demonstrators moved to another side of the building and blocked some streets until dispersed by police. Most protesters were gone by about 1 a.m. Monday.

“Officers discovered one arrestee was in possession of a glass jar filled with flammable liquid,” police said. “Another had a bottle containing an accelerant and a slugging weapon known as a slung shot. Still another had an electronic control weapon (“stun gun”) and a baton. Two arrestees had ballistic vests, including one, marked with the word “press,” with rifle plates.”

Most of those arrested were from Portland. Others were from San Francisco; Sacramento, California; Mesa, Arizona; and two from Vancouver, Washington.

Charges included interfering with an officer, resisting arrest, reckless burning and possession of a destructive device.

On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered for rallies and marches.

Molotov cocktails thrown in the street during a march sparked a large fire and prompted police to declare a riot. Police confirmed that tear gas was deployed to defend themselves and said 59 people were arrested, ranging in age from 15 to 50.

Demonstrations in Portland started in late May after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.


Fires Started, Prompt Arrests During Protest (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/07/20 2:59 AM

A large fire was ignited in the street outside of North Precinct, prompting some arrests during a protest Sunday night into Monday morning.

On Sunday, September 6, 2020 at about 9:00p.m., a march began from Alberta Park at 2001 Northeast Killingsworth Street. The march proceeded to Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard at Northeast Emerson Street, the location of the North Precinct Community Policing Center.

North Precinct has been the site of numerous violent protests over the past few months, including instances where arsonists attempted to burn down the building with people inside. It is an active, working community policing facility, is a critical part of city infrastructure, and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is also connected to multiple private businesses, and is in a densely populated neighborhood. For those reasons, as the gathering approached the facility, the marchers were advised by loudspeaker and social media that Northeast Emerson Street was closed between Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Northeast 6th Avenue.

Shortly after arriving, the crowd began chanting, among other things, "burn it down." Some dragged a mattress into the street, Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard at Northeast Emerson Street, and lit it on fire. Because it was not an immediate threat to life safety or structures, officers remained far back and did not engage. Another mattress was added to the fire, as was some yard debris. The larger fire began to send lit embers into the air. Multnomah County has a burn ban in effect due to extremely dry conditions. Portland Fire and Rescue expressed concern about the danger the fire posed to the community. Portland Police notified the gathering that firefighters would be moving in to extinguish the fire. When police moved forward to secure the area, the majority of the crowd moved back. However, one arrest was made. Portland Fire and Rescue put out the mattress fire and then officers disengaged.

After about an hour, the majority of the gathering moved around to the North side of the precinct, blocking traffic on Northeast Killingsworth Street. For the security of the facility, officers prevented the march from proceeding south on Northeast 6th Avenue. The crowd was advised over loudspeaker that Southeast 6th Avenue was closed between Northeast Killingsworth Street and Northeast Roselawn Street. While the crowd blocked the street, drivers in two separate cars trying to proceed were caught by surprise and were stuck in the middle of the crowd. This caused some confrontations, but no known injuries.

After an hour, officers disengaged after multiple times advising the crowd not to follow officers. Several did follow officers into the closure area and arrests were made.

By about 1:00a.m., the majority of the demonstration had meandered away.

Officers discovered one arrestee was in possession of a glass jar filled with flammable liquid. Another had a bottle containing an accelerant and a slugging weapon known as a slung shot. Still another had an electronic control weapon ("stun gun") and a baton. Two arrestees had ballistic vests, including one, marked with the word "press," with rifle plates (photos).

The following 15 people were arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center:

Cole Cunningham, 38, of Portland -- Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Resisting Arrest

Adam Layee, 36, unknown residence -- Reckless Burning, Possession of a Destructive Device

Camillo Masagli, 26, of Portland -- Reckless Burning

Stacey Kirshbaum, 54, of San Francisco, California -- Interfering with a Peace Officer

Gerald Kohler, 19, of Oregon City, Oregon - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Brennan Schill, 23, of Mesa, Arizona - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Sean Lopez, 25, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Rachel Raffaelli-Wong, 29, of Sacramento, California - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Daniel Glenn, 36, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Lucas Angell-Atchison, 25, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Tayler Hansen, 20, of Utah - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Ronald Curteman, 24, of Vancouver, Washington - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Obadiah Powell, 20, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Scarlet Passmore, 28, of Portland - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Deidra Watts, 25, of Vancouver, Washington - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

All attached photos are the possession of the Portland Police Bureau and are intended for public use.

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76 Comments

      1. It’s only happening in Democrat governed cities and states. The democrat mayors and governors who have refused help from the Trump administration and have handcuffed their own police are watching their cities burn to the ground. Only a moron would blame Trump for the catastrophic leadership of the democrat controlled cities and states.
        If you want law and order vote Republican
        If you want mayhem and chaos in the streets keep electing Democrats in local and state elections.

      1. And the other 7% happened in Democrat controlled cities, resulting in MILLIONS of dollars in damage to private and public property. Not to forget several deaths and hundreds of injured law enforcement officers and non-protesters.

      2. Well, not really.

        There have been over 500 riot related incidents at “Black Lives Matter” protests. 500.

        If the BLM leaders can’t or won’t police their own events, which all too often turn into riots, then the event is merely the platform for lawlessness to begin with.

        And has Zero to do with “black lives matter” and everything to do with “no lives matter”.

        And Portland is the tragic example of this – and Oregon the only state where the GOV at the local and state levels have chosen to let the crown jewel of its cities and towns become a never-ending socio political nightmare rooted in violence.

      3. That is a good thing? Only 7% of the protests turned violent? Only one out of thirteen? and how many protests per day? 7% fail ratio may be OK in school, but is totally unacceptable in the real world.
        By your reasoning, with only 13 unarmed black men were shot by police in the United States last year (2019) out of 21 million, that only only .0000619%

        “Figures do not lie, but liars do figure”
        **Mark Twain

  1. Charges included interfering with an officer, resisting arrest, reckless burning and possession of a destructive device.

    ..of course Arson is not listed and they know that they will go free thanks to the DA.

    Trump or lawlessness in Nov, choose wisely

        1. Trump doesn’t have the ability to stop it because he is a loser.

          He will be the worst President in the history of our once great country,

          It happened on your watch komrade. Sad 🙂

          1. You guys are fascist nazis. I can’t believe you want Trump to send in the troops to crush these prostests. If you want to live in a country where some strongman can send in troops to silence revolutionaries more to Caracas.

    1. Trump is President right now and this continues to happen all over America. If he can’t stop it now, what makes you think he can miraculously stop it in a November?

      1. Trump can put a stop to it, Democrat leaders here in Oregon will not let him. Have you missed that over the last 100 nights of riots. How many Republican run cities are being burned like Portland? Look how quick Kenosha got those riots to stop with the help of the Feds. Martha, what can make it stop in November is voting Democrats out of office. The Democrats don’t want to upset their base by cracking down on them. Ted Wheeler tried to become one of them, and was almost a casualty. These are not Trump supporters out there nightly rioting.

          1. No . . . He hasn’t because he’s giving the Democrat Governors and mayors the chance to prove themselves and/or wait for them to declare they are a failure and request help from Trump! According to the Constitution, the President is required to not move in unless the state requests the help. Go back to high school civics and take the class over until you understand.

          2. Always interesting when the personal attacks become the argument.

            Why hasn’t he “stopped it”? Too easy. Portland and Seattle are the only two cities in the nation where this is ongoing. The Democrat GOVs of both states and the cities’ mayors and city councils have taken the position to let this crap go on.

            Trump is advised by his folks to let them have their way. And he his doing so. If he did otherwise the propaganda machines of the DEMs would go into high gear.

            Seattle and Portland are now two examples of why the DEMs and Biden ticket are a bad idea (I don’t believe Kate Brown has even come to Portland to see the damage over the past one hundred days – no, not once – and Salem is only thirty minutes from P-Town).

            Anyway, this is just the old “Days of Rage” SDS political action dressed up in black clothing and better organized anyway. Nothing new under the sun.

      2. So either you want Trump to become dictator and send in the troops (in violation of posse comitatus) or Biden to become dictator and send in troops. I can’t keep track of your progressive impossible beliefs.

  2. “Officers discovered one arrestee was in possession of a glass jar filled with flammable liquid,” police said. “Another had a bottle containing an accelerant and a slugging weapon known as a slung shot. Still another had an electronic control weapon (“stun gun”) and a baton. Two arrestees had ballistic vests, including one, marked with the word “press,” with rifle plates.”

    And yet Brown and others claim the protestors are peaceful, and say that anyone that
    is a Trump supporter, or isn’t affiliated with the protestors, is violent and just looking for trouble. In a group as large as the protesting group, you can bet that there are
    others who are carrying similar items, and possibly guns, but they just didn’t get caught..

    1. If you’re talking about all the heavily armed right-wing groups that have come here, totally agree. Cops are fascists and will never arrest the white supremacists, because they’re one and the same. But since the protesters are asking for the police to be held accountable, and the police refuse to be held accountable, the police will continue to arrest the real Americans asking for accountability until finally lawmakers quit buckling under to police unions and defund these urban terrorists. Your grandparents fought Nazis and we called them the greatest generation, it’s really cool to stand up to fascism. Lets all agree that being anti-fascist is to be pro-Democracy and pro-America. God and Buddha bless the United States of America.

        1. Do you support fascism???

          Fascism is a form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, as well as strong regimentation of society and of the economy which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe

          The United States was anti-fascist through both of the world wars. Back when we were truly great.

          Those Americans who died to save us from totalitarian dictators, those who Trump tries to emulate as he destroys Democracy.

          True patriots are against fascism.

          Read a history book and learn to spell bald man.

        1. It was Trump’s troglodytes including the radical right nutters like Patriot Prayer and Proud Boyz who went and shot BLM protesters and regular citizens in Portland with paintball guns, pulled assault rifles and knives on BLM protestors, and attempted to hit people while driving illegally through crosswalks during the day in the middle of a densely populated urban center.

          This is evidenced by their arrests which weren’t highlighted on ktvz like these and by multiple outlets outside of Trump’s echo chamber of idiots.

          Trump supporters on parade brought assault rifles, paintball guns, mace and more when incite violence just like hometown Nazi hero of Patriot Prayer, Joey Gibson, the confused BIPOC who loves white supremacists…Self-hatred is a real thing among millennials like sad Joey.

          These white pride nationalists hiding behind Trump are the ones who are causing the rioting and encouraging violence.

          Right wing extremists have murdered over 300 people in the United States. To date, no anti-fascist has been convicted of murdering anyone.

          Heavily armed right wing groups have been proven responsible for much of the death and destruction. Some more poignant examples.

          Teen double murderer Kyle Rittenhouse who wasn’t even old enough to own an assault rifle.

          2 Boogaloo Bois who murdered a federal police officer during the protest in Oakland, California in June

          Also, musn’t forget, the Nazi with the umbrella in Minneapolis who shattered the windows of AutoZone in Minneapolis, arguably kicking off the rioting there at the beginning of this long, hot summer of 2020.

          BTW, Fascist dictators and wanna-be dictators like Trump will eventually come for your guns. families and the rest of the freedom you blindly gave up with the Patriot Act and Bush.

        2. Right Wing Extremists have murdered over 330 people since 1994.

          “Anti-fa” the organization that Fox News keeps trying to make a thing is a belief system not an organization.

      1. “If you’re talking about all the heavily armed right-wing groups that have come here, totally agree.”

        All of the heavily armed right wing groups ? Wow, you make it sound like there have been hundreds of right wing groups show up in Portland. The stupidity has been going
        on for over 100 days now, and I can only think of a few times that a group that would be considered right wing have shown up in Portland, and it was known that some of the
        people were armed…

        So are you saying that none of the extremely violent left wing protestors that have occupied PDX for over 100 days are armed ? I’m sure the guy that recently shot the so called Trump supporter, and was then shot by the cops was the exception. Then again, your friends from the left are already weighed down carrying stun guns, molotov cocktails, brass knuckles and everything else that a good left wing activist would carry while they work…

        1. Aaron Danielson, the Trump supporting Patriot Prayer minion shot in Portland after the Trump “parade”, had a loaded gun, mace and a baton on his person.

          Also, he has quite an interesting history as well. Check out all his aliases.

          1. Yeah. So. Open carry is legal in Oregon. And it is a shall issue state. The 100% antifa crowd hunted him down and led him to where his 100% antifa murderer was laying in wait.

      2. The fact that so many of these so-called proud Americans on this board support being against those who are against fascism is so sad.

        Instead of culling your world view from Facebook, OAN, Breitbart, the daily caller, etc., pick up a history textbook and realize that you are fighting against America.

      3. @ Keyser Soze: That has got to be one of the funniest things I have read on here in a long time, great sense of humor you have there. What other fiction do you write, Sifi, romance, CNN articles?

      4. Reading comprehension is not your strong suit. But I will use caps this time.
        OUT OF THE 15 ARRESTED ABOUT HALF ARE OUT OF STATE.
        Does that help? Other than that I can only suggest you stop listening to the people shovelling the lies in your head. I pity you.

  3. The character of these “Protesters” proves why the law has been “Picking on” them. If anyone acts this way, I think they can expect trouble from the law. How many of you have lived in some of these bad neighborhoods? Go spend a weekend in Georgia, Florida or LA and get a real feel for what these COPS are up against. Your perspective will certainly change. Try leaving your car unlocked while you are there. These guys risk their lives moment by moment doing a job you don’t have the guts to do. I like the guy who said to join the force and change things. I haven’t seen any takers on that so far. Are there bad cops? Sure. Not as many as there are bad criminals.

      1. That was 20 years ago. I have a feeling that that no longer is a concern
        because most police departments across the country are understaffed
        and they can’t get people to apply. Because of that, they have changed other
        hiring policies.

  4. Yall are idiots. The last three months you all been bickering back and fourth over nonsense. Destroying our country, over a dude who overdosed on fentanyl? You all need to wake up and realize that we are all American. Left side right side doesn’t matter. If you think China has been building their Navy and Air Force for ***** and giggles your highly mistaken. And if you think they aren’t looking at America right now and seeing how incredibly un United our states our you’ve got another thing coming. I don’t know about you but if I was next in line to be the worlds super power and I was just waiting for the perfect time to attack. There’s never been a better time in America’s history than right now. And if you think Joe Biden has anything but his own best interest at heart, you haven’t been paying attention. So unless you speak mandarin and enjoy slave labor y’all might wanna wake the * up. And snowflakes your life is not that bad, your not oppressed, no one is picking on you, get a job contribute to society as well as giving yourself a sense of self worth and accomplishment. And enjoy the American dream while you still can.

  5. Seems like the chinese and soros money dumped into biden and democrats are finally paying off. Destruction and divide everywhere. I don’t remember our country being in a worse shape since liberals are running the media and mind-controlling minorities.

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