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Portland police tear gas rioters attacking police station; 23 arrested

Paint on Portland Police vehicle
Portland Police Bureau
Paint splattered on Portland Police car during Sunday night's violence.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Portland used tear gas early Monday to scatter rioters who marched on a precinct station in another night of violence — hurling rocks, bottles, commercial-grade fireworks at officers and setting fires in the streets. Twenty three people were arrested, police said in a statement.

The protests have gripped Oregon’s largest city for months since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and demonstrators in Portland Sunday night who marched to the precinct from a park chanted the name Jacob Blake.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers identified him as the Black man who was shot in the back by a police officer in the city of Kenosha on Sunday.

Some of the Portland protesters in a group of about 200 lit a dumpster on fire and used it as a shield as they approached the police precinct station, police said in a statement.

They threw things at officers, hitting some who were posted on the precinct station’s roof, and lit one of the building’s awnings on fire, the statement said. One officer suffered a wrist injury after he was hit with a piece of ceramic, the statement said.

The violence that started Sunday night and lasted into the predawn hours of Monday came a day after protesters targeted another law enforcement building in Portland.

The protesters apparently had plans Saturday night to march from a park to the building, news outlets reported. But a standoff between marchers and officers took place on a bridge along the way — and the demonstrators retreated.

Protesters appear to have returned to the park and then took cars to the building. Officers were then hit with rocks, bottles and other objects, police said.

That unrest followed rival protests Saturday afternoon in downtown Portland.

Federal authorities forced demonstrators away from a plaza near a federal building as dueling demonstrations by right-wing and left-wing protesters turned violent.


Portland Police Bureau news release:

UPDATE: Arrest Information After Riot at North Precinct
Portland Police Bureau - 08/24/20 6:02 AM

Twenty-three people were arrested during the riot at North Precinct. All were booked in the Multnomah County Detention Center on the listed charges.

Rader, Adam, 31, of Portland, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot

Stanger, Lisa, 44, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest

Cleinman, Matthew, 36, unknown residence, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree

Archer, Elle, 24, of Portland, Riot, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Cable, Cameron, 30, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Millar-Griffin, Rhiannon, 22, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

McNaughton, Ryan, 19, unknown residence, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Weed, Hadley, 24, of Beaverton, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Ramos, Pedro, 20, of Hillsboro, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Riot, Interfering with a Peace Officer

Eperson, April, 36, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Rodriguez, Jasmine, 20, of Hillsboro, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer (2 counts), Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot

Welch, Devin, 40, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Wesley, William, 36, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Mckenzie, Ryan, 44, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Hines, Griffin, 29, Riot, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Brooks, Hunter, 23, of Portland, Riot, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Gurney, Emma, 23, of Hillsboro, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

O'Connor, Michelle, 34, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Grissom, Mackenzie, 32, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot

Conti, Dylan, 28, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Escape in the Third Degree

Gardner, Mark, 27, of Vancouver, Washington, Riot, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Gatchel, Andrew, 40, of Portland, Riot, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Sanders, Stephen, 39, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer

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Two North Precinct awnings were lit on fire, and officers were targeted by protesters with sharp chunks of ceramic, rocks, mortars, and powerful lasers during a riot Sunday evening into Monday morning.

A crowd gathered at Woodlawn Park at Northeast 13th Avenue and Northeast Dekum Street and began marching at 9:41 p.m. Most of the crowd, estimated at more than 200 people, wore armor, helmets, gas masks, all-black clothing and carried shields. They marched to North Precinct Community Policing Center at 449 Northeast Emerson Street. North Precinct has been the site of numerous violent protests, including multiple instances where protesters tried to set fire to the building with people working inside. In an effort to protect the building and give the officers protective space, Portland Police closed Northeast Emerson Street between Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Northeast 6th Avenue. Police vehicles were positioned across the road and lights were used to illuminate the street.

As the march arrived at North Precinct, Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard was blocked to vehicular traffic in both directions. Individuals in the crowd immediately lit a fire in a dumpster and pushed it into the intersection of Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Northeast Killingsworth Street. Individuals also took a flatbed trailer and rolled it to Northeast Emerson Street. They set up the trailer on its side as a shield. The burning dumpster was rolled to Northeast Emerson Street and was also moved to shield the protesters.

Almost immediately, from behind the shields and elsewhere, individuals began throwing chunks of ceramic, rocks, and glass bottles in the direction of the officers. Green lasers, which are capable of causing permanent eye damage, were shined at officers. At least one balloon filled with feces was thrown at officers on the roof of the building.

Due to the criminal activity, at 10:29 p.m., the gathering was declared an unlawful assembly. All participants were directed over loudspeaker to leave to the south. Failure to adhere to this direction may subject them to citation, arrest, and/or crowd control agents including, but not limited to, tear gas and impact weapons.

Officers stayed far back for the next half hour, giving participants ample time to leave voluntarily. Few took advantage of that opportunity.

A commercial grade firework was thrown. The police vehicles were struck by thrown bottles, paint bombs (photo), rocks, and heavy metal screws (photo). Marbles were launched by at least one wrist rocket style slingshot. Officers on the roof of the building were struck by rocks. Paint bombs were thrown. Signs were torn from the ground and thrown (photo).

At 11:08p.m., the event was deemed a riot. More direction was given over loudspeaker that the criminal activity has continued and that all persons must leave to the south. Failure to adhere to this direction may subject them to citation, arrest, and/or crowd control agents including, but not limited to, tear gas and impact weapons.

As officers were preparing to move the crowd, someone lit a canopy against the building on fire (photo). The fire began to burn to the siding of the building, so officers on the roof got a fire extinguisher to try and put it out. As they were putting out the fire, multiple people pelted the officers with rocks. A lieutenant was struck with a chunk of ceramic, causing a cut to his hand (photo). A second awning was also lit on fire close to a tree (photo). That caused damage before it was extinguished.

At about 11:30 p.m., due to the extreme threat to life safety and the aggression of the crowd, Portland Police deployed CS gas, then moved the crowd to the south. Arrests were made and crowd control munitions were used. Officers reported commercial grade fireworks were thrown from suspects with "press" markings. Officers pulled back but within minutes the crowd began to return. At 12:30 a.m., officers made another effort to move the riot away. More arrests were made. After officers disengaged again, rioters moved into the street again. A security guard in a car got stuck in the crowd. A car with a red cross taped to the hood, indicating it was an informal protest medic, moved ahead of the security guard and blocked him in. He was eventually allowed to turn around and leave.

At 1:17a.m., officers made a 3rd effort to move the rioters. A sergeant was struck in the head with a helmet. The suspect was arrested. That time, when officers cleared, traffic was reopened.

The aftermath of the riot was documented in this video: https://youtu.be/rvJmWLWRMEk and photos. Someone spray painted a security camera, and at least one officer's home address was scrawled on the side of the building.

The event forced the assistance of about 35 officers from patrol, severely limiting call response. As the riot was ending, there were 80 calls holding in the city, ranging from shots fired, car crashes, welfare checks, priority threats, missing persons, and more.

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The Associated Press

Comments

29 Comments

    1. Why should they???? Big fat failing donnie the “law and order” president handled this weeks ago!
      ROTFLMAO!!!
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      Sooooo much failing!!!!! Bunker boy couldn’t even secure a ralley hall in Tulsa!!! LMAO!!!
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      golf and a whore anyone!!! campaign donors are buying!!! trump/putin 2020!!!!
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      MORE LYING – DYING and DENYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELSINKI PROUD!!!!

      1. Still supporting and cheering for the rioting/arson/violence Oldfart? You are the problem and they need to go after the agitators. So keep it up and raise your voice high . . . the louder your support, the easier it will be for them to identify you and remove you from the situation.

  1. Since our gov. and company won’t do anything to stop this… the Feds need to come back into Portland and just keep arresting anyone and everyone that shows up for these things until nobody is left.
    Im pretty sure that if these protests and riots came from the other side, the outcome would be totally different.

  2. So at what point will Brown call in the national guard that the mayor of Portland has been telling Brown to approve? Brown refuses to approve the national guard coming in to help against the anarchists. Is it not clear by now to everyone that these are not protesters?

    1. She MIGHT do something if they show up at one of her houses. But why stop this when there are important things in Oregon like banning plastic bags and single use forks.

  3. The deterrent to rioting is not enough up to this point to make them re-think their “fun” – gotta take the “fun” out of the riots before they will stop.

  4. I’m so glad the cops were able to get some rest after being “too tired” to do anything about the alt-right groups attacking people with batons, pepper spray, and pointing loaded guns at people. The PPB is pathetic. Working with Proud Boys and other alt-right terrorists is reason enough to disband them. They can be taken seriously when they start doing their job.

    1. How many buildings have the Proud Boys set on fire? How about your kind? How many cops have the proud boys assaulted in portland? How about your kind?

      Yeah this is right-wing violence….lolololol you best hope you don’t see the real thing

      1. First they came for the Communists
        And I did not speak out
        Because I was not a Communist

        Then they came for the Socialists
        And I did not speak out
        Because I was not a Socialist

        Then they came for the trade unionists
        And I did not speak out
        Because I was not a trade unionist

        Then they came for the Jews
        And I did not speak out
        Because I was not a Jew

        Then they came for me
        And there was no one left
        To speak out for me

        Keep sack-riding the fascists and see how far that takes you. Crack open a history book and read about what happens to authoritarian leaders and their idiotic followers. We are fighting for your rights, and you’re too stupid to say thank you.

        1. You will be among the first they come to get . . . But you’re correct, there will be few that will speak for you. That’s what Irrelevant means!

  5. I can remember when Portland was a cool place to be and visit.

    Any time Katie and Teddy would like to return to actually governing would be fine by me.

  6. Wait… I thought our governor said the rioting would be over once the federal agents left. Can we please evict Tom wheeler and Kate brown? They are both the worst government officials Oregon has ever seen. Letting “rioters” destroy one of the most beautiful downtowns in the US is a crime. Thanks Kate/ you stink

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