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Portland police declare riot after Daunte Wright vigil erupts in violence

Fire set outside Penumbra Kelly Building in Portland Monday night
Portland Police Bureau
Fire set outside Penumbra Kelly Building in Portland Monday night

PORTLAND, Ore. — A riot was declared by Portland Police Monday night at the Penumbra Kelly building on East Burnside Avenue after protesters broke windows, threw rocks and other projectiles at police and lit a dumpster fire.

The evening began at Laurelhurst Park where a group of protesters met for a vigil for Daunte Wright, KGW reported.

Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was killed in Minnesota on Sunday afternoon after being shot by a police officer during a traffic stop.

Following the vigil, about 250 people marched from the park to the Penumbra Kelly Building on East Burnside, according to Mike Baker with The New York Times.

The Kelly Building houses an office for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Police.

When protesters arrived outside, officers came out and some demonstrators threw fireworks toward them, Baker reported.

Protesters also lit the contents of a dumpster on fire and let it burn outside the building. Independent journalists at the scene reported that munitions were fired at some demonstrators after the fire was started.

In response to protesters breaking windows of the Kelly building, officers deployed flashbangs, freelance reporter Justin Yau tweeted

Around 10 p.m., Portland police said that bottles, rocks and fireworks had been thrown at police throughout the evening. They said multiple warnings have been given to the crowd regarding the use of force munitions if "criminal behavior does not cease."

Around 10:30 p.m., police declared a riot and ordered the crowd to disperse. 

Portland saw over 100 nights of protests following the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day. Demonstrators have rallied around issues that include police brutality, racial inequity and the defunding of police.

Portland Police Bureau news releases:

At about 10:20 p.m., officers began moving the crowd away from the Penumbra Kelly building and west on East Burnside. Neighbors and bystanders called to report thefts from area yards and to report the disturbance. People in the crowd were stealing rocks and landscaping bricks and other property to use as weapons against police.

All the while, people continued throwing the rocks, bricks, concrete and other dangerous projectiles. Due to the continued coordinated violent, tumultuous conduct by so many in the crowd, which created the risk of public alarm, incident commanders declared an unlawful assembly. The conduct of the crowd did not improve, and incident command declared a riot. Officers continued moving the crowd westbound for almost 15 minutes.

At about 10:34 p.m., police disengaged from the crowd, as most of the people were moving away and were now several blocks from the location of the riot. Police purposely disengaged to allow people to begin acting lawfully and peacefully.

Portland Police remain in the area for the safety of the community.


Portland Police officers are currently defending themselves against a violent crowd at the Penumbra Kelly Building, 4735 East Burnside Street.

On April 12, 2021, a little after 8:30 p.m., crowds gathered near the Penumbra Kelly Building and began throwing objects at police.

The crowd assembled elsewhere and marched to the building. Police officers acted in self-defense and in defense of property first by creating a visible barrier indicating the property was closed. A line of yellow tape, commonly used to close areas for security purposes, was strung across the southern driveway entrances to the property.

Crowds ignored and removed the tape. People through glass bottles, frozen water bottles, rocks, ball bearings and other objects, and shot fireworks parallel to the ground in the direction of police and the building.

Police issued verbal warnings, directing people to stay off the closed Penumbra Kelly Building property, and to remain on sidewalks. Force warnings were given, warning participants in the violent activity that they may be subject to dispersal, including munitions and may be subject to arrest.

The group grew to approximately 200 people, most acting aggressively toward police. The crowd blocked East Burnside to all traffic. People from the crowd came onto the closed city property and attempted to set a dumpster on fire using an unknown accelerant.

Many in crowd persisted throwing projectiles as described. Some continued lighting a fire on the east side of the building, adding wood and other flammable material to it. People have broken out windows on the front side of the building and there have been repeated attempts to breach the front doors of the building. People in the crowd continue to throw concrete, bricks and other objects at officers.

As officers work to disperse this crowd, people should avoid travelling through the area surrounding East Burnside and Northeast 47th Avenue until peace is restored.

Suspects Cut Through Fence, Damage Police Vehicles in North Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 04/12/21 11:23 PM

On April 12, 2021, at about 9:44 p.m., a passerby heard sounds of breaking glass near the 7200 block of North Philadelphia Avenue near the historic building that houses Portland Police Bureau traffic offices.

Responding officers arrived to find that suspects cut through a chain link fence to access a parking lot, then broke out windows, slashed tires, and broke windows of several police vehicles. The suspects fled prior to police arrival.

This occurred while others destroyed property across town at the Penumbra Kelly building in northeast Portland.

If anyone has information about this case, please reference case 21-98404 and e-mail .

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    1. That has been working out great for those woke cities that have cut back on law enforcement. Crime, homicides way up. Where are those mental health emergency responders? Lol

    1. Any responsible gun user knows there is no such thing as an “accidental” discharge. Any unintended shot is a NEGLIGENT discharge. This cop needs to be fired and charged for whatever they call an “accidental” homicide. If a pharmacist “accidentally” mistakes fantanyl for asprin and kills someone, you bet you’re ass they’re going to jail.
      This kid was pulled over for a warrant that shouldn’t have ever been filed due to some state worker’s screw-up.
      Cops need to quit pulling guns/tasers on Black people during traffic stops. Cops shouldn’t even have guns if they can’t tell the difference between their pistol and a taser.

    2. Accidental? After twenty odd years on the job, training other officers? Still unable to differentiate between a 9mm which weighs about four times as much as a taser and definitely has a different grip and barrel? That’s one hell of an “accident”.

    3. It was definitely an accidental shooting. However, the first mistake is that cops are doing dmv code enforcement while heavily armed. Seriously, expired tags? I’d save that for parking enforcement cadets, or better yet, a traffic camera that allows zero tolerance.

    4. I think the cops should protest dirt bags that don’t comply with legally lawful orders. The dirt bag that got shot wouldn’t have if he only complied. Let’s not mention the fact that the dirt bag had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear for illegally posession of a gun. The fact that he had a gun should make all Democrats cringe.

  1. If Barney will permit, here is an excerpt from a recent comment that is applicable.

    Please consider.

    Following the killing of George Floyd, millions of Americans participated in thousands of protests in cities and towns (including Bend) in all 50n states. The research study referenced here documents 7,305 of these protests and determines that the overall levels of violence and property destruction were low, and most of the violence that did take place was, in fact, directed against the BLM protesters.

    1. You can’t be serious,the Washington Post?
      I can’t think of a newspaper with less credibility. Oh, the New York times but the Washington Compost is an extremely close secind.

      1. Phil, what the WAPO story shows is that, in general, the BLM-allied protests were predominantly peaceful. The best researched reviews I have yet seen of protest related incidents appear on Wikipedia: “List of George Floyd Protests in the U.S.” and “Violence and Controversies during the George Floyd Protests.”

        From the first Wikipedia review: “Polls estimate between 15 million and 26 million people participated in the United States, making these protests potentially the largest movement in terms of participation in U.S. history.

        Considering the sheer multitudes of millions of Americans who turned out in the streets in support of Black Lives Matter, it is a testament to their adherence to nonviolent tactics that these thousands of events turned out to be almost universally peaceful.

        If you look at the individual acts of violence, it becomes inescapably apparent that the preponderance of violence was committed against protesters by police. And there is a disturbing amount of violent attacks perpetrated by the police against the media.

        These large scale turnouts follow in the global tradition of other examples of peaceful “People Power” movements, such as have occurred in the Philippines, South Korea, Ukraine and Egypt.

        I think that the tendency of certain news outlets to be selective in their reporting has given a distorted and untruthful account of the George Floyd protests to TV viewers. I believe the peaceful protests in Bend, for example, were far more typical of what really happened.

        If you can provide evidence to support your contention, Phil, I would love to see it.

  2. Last year millions of Americans poured into the streets to oppose murderous systemic police conduct and they did so–except in very rare cases–peacefully. Leading these protests was a younger generation of Americans. I believe this is a sign that our democracy is in good shape.

    1. OK, lets talk about the elephant in the room. He was pulled over for a violation – bad tags- legit.
      Turns out he had a warrant for his arrest from a previous incident, so he was being place “under arrest” again. So he decides to try and break free and dives back into his car – hands going to the center consol. Why isn’t this even being discussed? If he would have acted wisely, he would be alive.
      Seriously, a discussion –

    2. Let’s see first this “innocent” had an open warrant for an aggravated armed robbery attempt. Second he was physically engaging with armed officers and resisting arrest. If he had complied with the officers he would have been arrested then had his day in court, a right he chose not to exercise. Sadly he should not have resisted but aspiring young criminals don’t always make the right decisions.

  3. OK, lets talk about the elephant in the room. He was pulled over for a violation – bad tags- legit.
    Turns out he had a warrant for his arrest from a previous incident, so he was being place “under arrest” again. So he decides to try and break free and dives back into his car – hands going to the center consol. Why isn’t this even being discussed? If he would have acted wisely, he would be alive.

    1. He had a warrant for his arrest due to a “failure to appear” because they sent his hearing date/time notice to the wrong address… so he didn’t appear. Stop with the “he should have complied” malarkey. Cops kill Black people for trivial reason almost DAILY in this country.
      POLICE ARE NOT PUBLIC EXECUTIONERS. Or, rather, they shouldn’t be.

        1. No, it wasn’t. His hearing was for illegal possession of a firearm. The notice for his hearing was sent to an incorrect address, so he “failed to appear”.
          Don’t you think illegal possession of a firearm is a violation of his Second Amendment right? The police violated the constitution and should be held accountable.

      1. That all sounds great and all. Just do all hardworking business owners and home owners in places like Portland a favor and don’t act like an entitled crybaby by resisting arrest for whatever dumb thing you did that was against the law that we all agreed on and didn’t take care of responsibly. It’s not worth the excuses you give to the diaper wearing progressives to burn and destroy the lives of the people that are trying to make an honest living in the PNW and other city’s in our lower 48.

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