Protesters, who turned against the rebels, disintegrated and entered the Portland Police Association office on Tuesday night, setting fires in the building and elsewhere nearby, it said Wednesday morning.
Hundreds of protesters marched on the office building on North Lombard Street near North Campbell Avenue and arrived around 9:45 p.m., after which police said they were blocking “all lanes” at the intersection, according to information released by the agency. on Wednesday morning.
Police said the “big fire” started on North Lombard Street shortly after the group arrived at the PPA building.
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“Members of the group began vandalizing the Portland Police Association̵
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Tuesday night’s events escalated even more. In one case, shortly before 11:20 p.m., police said a truck was dragging a motorcycle through a crowd that had gathered on North Lombard Street, although no one had been hit.
Then around 11:35 pm, the group set up several barricades and fences on North Lombard Street, police said. “The group continued to tamper with the doors in an attempt to break into the Portland Police Association office and several fires broke out in the streets and around the building.”
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Early Wednesday, around 12:30 p.m., a battle resulted in the firing of only one block of the PPA office.
“No one was hit by the shooting and no one would talk to officers about the incident,” police said.
Shortly afterwards, the rebels made their way to the police association’s office, where police said they damaged the property and “set fire to the building.”
The demonstrations and riots were largely over by 3:30 p.m.
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Police said several people were arrested in connection with the events of Tuesday against Wednesday morning, although further details were not immediately available.
A group gathered in downtown Portland for a large-scale peaceful, unrelated demonstration, police said. Despite cases of blocked traffic, authorities said they “did not interact” with the group.
The Oregon city has been in months of protests that have recently turned into riots, following the May 25 death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody. Tensions erupted further in July when President Trump deployed federal law enforcement agents in the city to protect the federal courthouse, which was reportedly vandalized and covered in graffiti. A fence was erected around the perimeter of the court.
Local officials said they did not want the presence of federal law enforcement, saying it made the situation worse.
The agents left Portland last week, and servicemen with the Oregon State Police took over.