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Portland fires, vandalism, looting as protest turns into riot; at least 13 arrests

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Protest turned into right late Friday night, May 29 in downtown Portland

(Update: At least 13 arrests; 2 Portland police injuries; state of emergency, curfew)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A march through the streets of Portland in protest of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in Minneapolis police custody, turned into a fiery, violent downtown riot late Friday night, with damage and looters at several locations.

KGW reported the Multnomah County Justice Center in downtown Portland was set on fire. That fire was put out. At least one other fire was started in the area of Southwest 4th Avenue and Main Street. There were scenes of Dumpster fires, vandalism and widespread looting at Pioneer Place mall.

Portland police declared the demonstration a riot and ordered demonstrators to leave the downtown area. In addition to the fires, there was vandalism and a shooting connected to the protest, according to Portland police. No additional details about the shooting have been released.

By 5 a.m. Saturday, 13 people had been arrested on theft, riot, burglary and/or trespass charges.

"During the riot, a police officer was struck by a thrown incendiary device and was injured," the Portland Police Bureau reported. "A PPB criminalist was struck in the head with a rock and sustained injury as well."

Mayor Ted Wheeler has declared a state of emergency for Portland after riots damaged numerous businesses and public buildings.

The mayor also enacted a curfew that begins Saturday night at 8 p.m. and continues until 6 a.m. Sunday morning. The curfew means all travel is prohibited on public streets or in public places in Portland during those hours.

Early Saturday, rioters broke into a downtown Chase Bank and set fires, KGW's livestream showed. Police soon showed up and fired tear gas, prompting the crowd to disperse, some moving on to a nearby Wells Fargo Bank across Pioneer Courthouse Square, where fireworks appeared to be set off in another attack.

Police said earlier they deployed gas after people threw projectiles at them. Firefighters were responding to the fires, police said. Damage also was reported to a Nike store in northeast Portland.

Wheeler pleaded with demonstrators to end the destruction.

"This is violence, this is vandalism, this is rioting, this is looting," Wheeler told KGW. "This is not what Portland's about. I am demanding that they go home."

Earlier, thousands of people filled Peninsula Park in North Portland for a peaceful evening vigil that lasted three hours, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Hundreds then began marching through downtown to Portland police headquarters outside the Multnomah County Justice Center. There was scattered vandalism along the route.

Wheeler tweeted a plea to protesters to remain peaceful and said at about 11:50 p.m. that while he had left Portland to attend to his dying mother, he was heading back to the city.

“I am with family to prepare for her final moments. This is hard, this is personal, but so is watching my city get destroyed. I’m coming back NOW,” he said, adding that police and community leaders would be hearing from him.

“Portland, this is not us,” he wrote earlier on Twitter. “When you destroy our city, you are destroying our community. When you act in violence against each other, you are hurting all of us. How does this honor the legacy of George Floyd?”

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  1. Unfortunately I dont think the riots are all about what happened to this poor men. I think people are using it as an excuse to take out their anger against the government for what they have done to us due to COVID-19. Take a country that has been pent up for almost 3 months, you are going to get this. If they had not rioted over the senseless death of an innocent man, they would have just came up with another excuse.

    1. I think you should rethink your statement. Although George Floyd did nothing to deserve death, He was far from and innocent man. He is implicated in several crimes leading up to his arrest. Including being involved in a home invasion where the woman who lived there was beaten and robbed. Not deserving of death but certainly deserving of a jail sentence.

  2. Where the hell is our glorious Governor and the Major.
    The dopes let these thugs destroy the city and they will want you and I to pay for it. When the hell will these stupid people in all sanctuary cities get tough and stop these terrorist’s.

    1. Well said.
      Imagine the state response if church members dared to gather in large groups… Brown has threatened them with fines and jail time.
      I guess to socialist liberals faith is more worrisome than violence, arson and looting.

  3. I don’t agree with the violence, but watching that cnn live deal last night was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. I don’t think I’ve ever seen somebody pee in their pants quite so much.The fear pouring out of him was hilarious, and I laughed even harder ever single time he said something about being innocent

  4. The four officers have been fired, one of them have been arrested and changed with murder. This is not protesting. The police need to go in there and clear it out. Use the level of force required. If more manpower is needed then call in the National Guard.

          1. It seems financial loss is the only language politicians speak, since politely to change unjust laws and a corrupt police system isn’t working.

          1. “THAT’S RACIST” is all they have. And when that doesn’t work they loot and riot like spoiled children throwing a temper tantrum. Very dangerous spoiled children.

            1. Labeling an entire movement for basic human rights racially charged names is not progressive. Financial loss is the only language that politicians speak and even as a Republican I can understand that there needs to be more accountability with police. I love our officers but during this time it seems like they are not serving and protecting the people that need it. No wonder so many are putting down their uniforms.

  5. Mayor Wheeler: “Portland, this is not us,” he wrote earlier on Twitter. “When you destroy our city, you are destroying our community. When you act in violence against each other, you are hurting all of us. How does this honor the legacy of George Floyd?”

    Yes, it is what you have allowed Portland to become. All that violence, destruction and one (1) arrest..per the AP story link below. Your policies regarding protests and Antifa not only allowed it, they encouraged it. Anarchist groups wait and prepare for tragic incidents like the tragic death of George Floyd. The black community will be blamed, George Floyd’s name and life dishonored all by the incitements of a bunch of white entitled rich kids pretending they are social justice warriors.

  6. More importantly, did they keep their 6 foot spacing while rioting and stealing? I am sure they had their mask on. We would not want to upset Kate by being too close together now.

  7. Failed Democrat leadership and policies in clear view. Democrat Governor Kate Brown must stop trying to run Oregon like it’s California… Start by denouncing all things “sanctuary state”… the evidence is clear- such a status only attracts these violent law breakers who know that local LE will not respond.

    How many more years must Oregon suffer from these mistakes at the voting booth ?

  8. I support everyone’s right to speak out and protest… but what we are seeing now are nothing more than animals running wild in the streets.
    Media outlets need to stop calling thieves and arsonists “protesters”.
    BTW, I’ve yet to hear the crowds being chastised for not practicing social distancing, although to be fair the usual bands of thugs are wearing masks (like they always have when trying to conceal their identities).

    1. Wheeler gave antifa goons cover and ordered Portland police to stand down when they were burning the city to protest “The Proud Boys.” Wheeler allowed antifa to take over downtown and block traffic many times. Wheeler allowed antifa to attack ICE facilities and refused to send Portland PD to help. ALL the violence in these cities can be laid directly at the feet of the democrat progressive politicians who have encouraged their violent shock troops.

  9. the mayor must be a special kind of stupid to think we buy that crap. its all staged or it wouldn’t be allowed to happen, the cops shoot unarmed people everyday for traffic violations but they aint going to defend their home base from attack. where’s the swat teams, snipers, and armored personnel carriers they use to arrest tweekers, pot growers, and handle domestic disputes? of course it has nothing to do with George Floyd, its a darker agenda. these are your educated progressives, these are the ones who don’t think store owners should be allowed to have firearms. these are all your and kates people mayor mc cheese or they would all be dead

  10. I wonder if the same stats claimed by the mayor of Minneapolis apply to Portland – 20% local peaceful demonstrators and 80% violent provocateurs from outside the city, whether homegrown or part of an organized international socially disruptive strategy.

    1. Excellent question, FathersChild.
      Unfortunately we may never know. As in the past, I suspect the violent agitators will be shielded by local governments and media.
      We have our personal disagreements, sure, but I’d like to believe that we share similar views on the difference between protected assembly and speech vs rioting.

      1. The violent agitators are already being shielded by the media and mayors. They are saying it is the “far right white supremacists” causing all the violence, looting, and riots. We aren’t really seeing what we are seeing.

    2. LOLOLOLOL because none of HIS people would ever be violent, right? and there are no violent protesters in pdx, right? Only out of state provocateurs….now that’s hilarious. Could you not fit in travelling trump supporters in anywhere?

      1. I think it was a valid point, DT. Why so sensitive?
        Are you saying radicals don’t routinely import rioters to “hot spots”?
        It happens quite a bit, although I believe the left uses that tactic much more (and to a more violent end).

      2. Just saying, it was reported by the Minneapolis Police Chief that all of the arrests overnight were out-of-state residents, and the mayor made the estimate of 80% rabble rousers.. Nothing was said about who or what they supported, neither by the police chief, the mayor, nor by me in my post. It was implied by the PC and the mayor that their violent agenda has nothing to do with George Floyd, however. Not exactly sure what triggered your less than amicable response.

    3. You have a significant point. Most of the recent protests that did or had the potential to turn violent were organized by organizations based out of our state and detonated in our streets. Joey Gibson is from Washington and his main supporter is an Alt-Right shock jock in Florida who rallied white nationalists from all over the country to come to our city and incite violence.

  11. I am old enough to remember the Watts Riots…the Rodney King Riots…Kent State Shootings…Martin Luther King Riots…the Vietnam anti-war protests…etc etc etc.

    It is an endless cycle of violence with far too many factors in the equation to list much less understand.

    And it is not reserved for just Portland, or Atlanta, or San Francisco, or Seattle, etc etc etc.

    And ALL elected leadership across our country is sadly lacking whether Democrat or Republican or Independent or Libertarian, etc etc etc.

    It is Sunday morning. It is quiet and it is peaceful at the moment. We, as a nation, will get through this.

    1. The one thing in common in ALL riots: The perpetrators—rioters, vandals, arsonists, looters—-are leftists, democrats, liberals, progressives. Why? Because conservatives simply do not do behave this way.

  12. Why are they rioting in Oregon? Was anyone here somehow involved in the death of this individual? Thank you democratic party and their propaganda channel main stream media for bringing looting, lawlessness, arson and rioting into our neighborhoods. Citizens will remember your “values” in November.

    1. Free stuff and a mayor that supports thugs. If only the mayors and governors were as tough on rioters and looters as they were on barbers and hair stylists that want to go back to work. You know police would be ordered to crack some skulls if it were a bunch of shop owners protesting to go back to work.

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