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Portland rioters target police union HQ, 25 arrested

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Portland Police Bureau
Arson fire set at Portland Police Assn. offices prompted riot declaration Monday night, police said.

(Update: More information, police bureau release, list of arrests)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rioters in Portland repeatedly set fire late Monday night to a police union headquarters building and were repelled by officers spraying tear gas, officials said. A total of 25 people were arrested amid clashes that stretched into Tuesday morning.

People in a group of about 300 people hurled rocks and bottles at officers and set three fires to the sides of the building and one to an awning, police said. All the fires were put out.

One demonstrator climbed atop the building’s roof to unfurl a banner and the building’s walls were spray-painted, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Portland has been gripped by nightly protests for nearly three months since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Demonstrations, often violent, have targeted police buildings and federal buildings. Some protesters have called for reductions in police budgets while the city’s mayor and some people in the Black community have decried the violence, saying it is counterproductive.

Before dawn Monday, police used tear gas to scatter demonstrators who hurled rocks, bottles and commercial-grade fireworks at officers and set fires in the streets as they marched on a precinct station. Twenty-three people were arrested.

During that demonstration, a group of about 200 lit a dumpster on fire and used it as a shield as they approached the station, police said. They threw objects at officers, hitting some positioned on the roof, and lit an awning on fire. One officer suffered a wrist injury after he was hit with a piece of ceramic.

The FBI said Monday that a threat last week that prompted the closure of a federal courthouse and other federal buildings did not appear to be credible.

Among the buildings closed was the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, which was a target of protesters who repeatedly clashed in July with federal agents.


Portland Police Bureau news release:

Demonstration Quickly Becomes Riot after Multiple Arson Fires to Building (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/25/20 3:13 AM

Multiple arson fires were set at the Portland Police Association (PPA) building in North Portland, prompting a declaration of a riot and multiple arrests.

The group, roughly 300 people, began a march from Arbor Lodge Park at North Delaware Avenue and North Bryant Street about 9:30p.m. They walked north directly to the Portland Police Association Building in the 1800 block of North Lombard Street. Among other things, the crowd chanted "burn it down." Many in the crowd carried shields, wore helmets, gas masks, and body armor.

Within minutes of the crowd arriving, people were seen going to the back of the building. Power to the building was cut and flames were seen shooting up the side of the building. The PPA office is located on the edge of a residential area with wood-frame houses. Dry summer weather exacerbated the fire danger. Due to the extreme life safety concerns, the incident commander determined that it was a riot. The urgency to extinguish the fire was extreme. Someone in the crowd appeared to pour some kind of accelerant on it as the fire exploded rapidly.

Warnings were issued over loudspeaker as officers moved in and forced the crowd away. The crowd was advised that failure to leave will subject them to arrest and/or the use of crowd control munitions including but not limited to tear gas and impact weapons. Initially the crowd was directed to the west, but the bulk of the crowd fled to the east. So to avoid confusion, those involved in the riot were directed east and south. Multiple arrests were made. Officers discovered the first fire was on the west side of the building, and a second fire was actively burning on the south side. The fires were put out and the building was checked to verify the flames had not spread to the interior.

As most of the crowd was moved away, and to reduce the intensity of the situation, officers disengaged. More warnings were issued to those still in the area that the event was a riot and they needed to disperse.

Almost immediately people began to return. Chain link fencing was pulled into roadway to block traffic. Another fire was lit in the middle of the street.

At 11:30p.m., some individuals lit two fires on the north side of the building, including the awning over the main entrance. Again, warnings were issued via loudspeaker that the incident was a riot and that all persons must leave immediately to the south and east, and if they did not they were subject to arrest, citation, and the use of crowd control munitions including, but not limited to, tear gas and impact weapons. Officers had to quickly move in to put out the fires before they could spread. More arrests were made. During at least one arrest, officers had a crowd surround them and hit them with umbrellas and other objects. They were able to pull an arrested individual away.

As officers tried to disengage again, people with "press" printed on their outer clothing were seen throwing rocks at them. A rock struck the windshield of their transport vehicle, cracking the glass (photo).

Chain link fences and other blockades were used by rioters to close the streets. Officers again pulled them out of the street in an attempt to reopen traffic.

During the event, and after numerous warnings were given, Portland Police deployed CS (tear) gas and used other crowd control munitions.

About 1:00a.m., most of the participants left the area and vehicular traffic was restored.

Due to the threats of violence and destruction, approximately 30 patrol officers had to be pulled from the precincts. That severely limited response to calls for service. By the end of the evening, over 100 calls for service were holding in the city of Portland, including a priority disturbance, a priority assault, a priority burglary to an occupied apartment, welfare checks, threats, and roadway hazards.

Twenty-five people were arrested. All were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the listed charges:

Saxton, Samuel, 26, of Newberg, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer

Soto, Jacob, 41, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot

Ruiz, Amanda, 34, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot

Saunders, Rebecca, 27, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Hanson, Kathryn, 53, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer

Shaw-Stahlke, Sarah, 38, of Hillsboro, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer

Scott, Jazmine, 25, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer

Leonard, Jude, 18, of Hillsboro, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Kim, Bryan, 32, unknown residence, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Stahlke, Daryl, 41, of Hillsboro, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer

Eberly, Lori, 46, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer

Hampton, Joseph, 26, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Price, Drew, 30, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Johnson, Lauren, 26, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Abatie, John, 18, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer

Stamp, Robert, 35, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Resisting Arrest

Hoffmann, Philipp, 33, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Resisting Arrest

Fewster, Hannah, 24, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Lawrence, Rosemary, 30, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Quinn-Ward, Aubrey, 23, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Rose, Ezekiel, 24, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Escape in the Third Degree

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

Losch, Paul, 39, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Larimer, Matthew, 26, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Casebeer, Gregory, 50, of Portland, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Resisting Arrest

Some of those arrested were carrying weapons including an electronic control weapon, baton, dagger, and multiple knives (photos).

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The Associated Press

Comments

39 Comments

  1. Still calling them “protests”.?! The AP doesn’t have the integrity to call them simply riots, since that’s what they are. Peaceful demonstrations are happening all over town, but they aren’t sensational so they aren’t reported on. This has been for more than a hundred years called “yellow journalism”.

    1. I applaud your use of terminology and would encourage others to call this kind of coverage what it is- “yellow journalism” !

      Its a disgrace and an assault on those reporters who entered the field expecting the opportunity to “report” the news- not slant it for political reasons… and I dare any self respecting gum shoe to debate that topic in a civil manner !

  2. I watched the body cam footage of George Floyd’s arrest. He wasn’t killed, He died of an overdose! Complaining of not being
    able to breath long before they pinned him down

  3. Totally fakes news!!! Big fat failing donnie the “law and order president ” put an end to these “domestic terrorists” weeks ago!!!! Oh. Wait, actually it’s worse than ever. What happened???
    Well if bunker boy can’t even secure a rally hall in Tulsa how can you expect him to do anything but fail again!!! ROTFLMAO poor big fat lyin donnie. Total failure.
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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. Sadly for you, its you that has it wrong and spreading fake news.
      https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-trump-tweet-bunker/fact-check-trump-did-not-tweet-from-the-white-house-bunker-or-criticize-obama-for-keeping-it-in-bad-shape-idUSKBN23A290
      Obma was in the bunker plenty of times…

      it was also your Queen and Wheeler who didn’t want the Feds to come in and fix these riots in Portland.
      If they would just let law enforcement, Feds and ICE, do their jobs… none of this would be going on right now.

      Hope you like your LYING DYING DENYING QUEEN… she will be recalled.

    1. Yes, the gift almost fizzled out but Barr knew how to keep it alive a few weeks ago. Same with the high profile buses showing up in Bend to pick up the two misdo’s! Most people realize, life was better in America 4 years ago.

            1. Trump is president. Crime has gone way up across the country. Serious crime. Even in small red towns and cities. The cost of living is way up too for the bottom 95%. Food is a huge expense for families now.

              1. The President of the USA does not control local LE- and you just saw what happened in Portland when the Feds arrived to protect federal property… Terd Wheeler made idle threats and half witted comments about how things would get better if only the evil feds would leave town… well they did… and guess what- burn baby burn !

                Everything you’ve complained about is due to Demokkrat control in Oregon- from the loss of business to the closing of schools- the only person who signed the Ex. orders was your failed Governor Brown- who is now facing a recall to throw her out and give her a taste of her own medicine !

              2. Federalism is an awfully big word but you can look it up.

                It’s great watching you progressives twist your lies. In one breath you’re demanding Trump do nothing. In the next breath you demand Trump do everything. In one breath you blame Trump for shutting down the economy (he can’t and didn’t). In the next breath you demand Trump shut down the economy. It must be nice having the capacity for such cognitive dissonance. It probably makes life a lot easier than facing reality.

      1. Antifa and BLM were plenty violent from encouragement from the same democrat party that encourages them now. This time they’re getting paid for it through “stimulus” funded unemployment checks. And nice way to weasel in blaming AG Barr for this. Makes perfect sense. All those antifa riots before Barr was AG again he must have been causing all those previous antifa BLM riots in Portland.

          1. Oh really? Occupy Wall Street? BLM riots during Obama years? Anitfa riots during Obama years? Those were Trump creations??? You’re arguments are turning as ridiculous as they were when Dubya was president.

  4. Here they are doing it again – even after announcing that the police called it a riot the reporters keep calling them protesters – are we afraid to call them rioters like the police have called them based on their behavior? or is it just because it doesn’t fit the narrative…..

  5. Kate Brown threatens law abiding citizens with their jobs- their schools- their everyday life… so why does she continue to allow these thugs to run wild in the streets of Portland- wren’t they supposed to leave when the Feds did ?

    How many more lies are Oregonians going to listen to from these Dumbokrat failures !

    Sign the recall- take back Oregon- say no to fake pandemic responses that have crippled the state’s economy and destroyed the summer of 2020- the WHO stated yesterday- that this pandemic will never end- that this is really about global warming (yes- Dr know nothing actually combined the two)- Oregonians must respond to this threat and attempts to micro-manage every aspect of our lives… this is all clearly unconstitutional and demands a measured response !

    1. Because she supports these groups. SHE DOESN’T CARE. She can’t run for office again so she plans to make sure Oregon pays for the sins of the bad orangeman being elected. And no matter how much violence and destruction she allows she know the next hand picked progressive governor will win thanks to Portland’s vote.

  6. we should just give portland to idaho for a tester project. if they do a good job there, maybe have some serious talks about expanding that idaho border to surround salem

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