'Agitators' damage Portland Commissioner Dan Ryan's home
The home of city Commissioner Dan Ryan was damaged by "agitators" Thursday night, Nov. 5, resulting in an unlawful assembly being declared in North Portland.
An arson investigation also is underway after a burning item was thrown or set near an entryway door of Portland City Hall.
Both incidents happened hours after the City Council voted 3-2 against cutting $18 million out of the Portland Police Bureau budget. Ryan, Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Amanda Fritz voted against the proposal sponsored by commissioners Jo Ann Hardesty and Chloe Eudaly.
Mayor Ted Wheeler condemned the violence Friday morning, saying, "Last night's criminal destruction and attack on Commissioner Ryan's home are reprehensible. Violence, criminal destruction and intimidation are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Those responsible must be found, investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I condemn anyone who uses violence to attempt to silence the voices of others."
Two people were arrested and booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center during Thursday evening's events, while one person was criminally cited, according to the Unified Command.
Ryan's house and neighborhood were targeted by demonstrators for the fourth time this week, Multnomah County and Unified Command spokesperson Chris Liedle said in a video statement released just before 1 a.m. He described the group as "agitators" who damaged the property by breaking a window, throwing burning flares and paint-filled balloons at the home, and breaking potted plants.
An unlawful assembly was declared and the group was ordered to leave the area, authorities said, adding that about 40 demonstrators then reconvened outside of the Portland police union's office on North Lombard Street. Authorities said the group was warned to stay on the sidewalk and out of the street.
Officials said that as the events were unfolding in North Portland, dispatchers received a call about a fire at a City Hall entrance that had been boarded up. An on-site security guard was able to extinguish the fire, which investigators believe was started by a burning object either placed or thrown at a boarded-up entrance. The suspect remains at large, according to the Unified Command.
The Unified Command created by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to prevent protest violence also made more than a dozen traffic stops Thursday night during patrols in the North Portland and downtown areas, according to Liedle. One driver was arrested for allegedly eluding Oregon State Police troopers and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies.
Information circulating on social media had called on people to meet at 8 p.m. Thursday at Arbor Lodge Park near North Delaware Avenue and North Bryant Street.
The Unified Command of the Oregon State Police, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the Portland Police Bureau said the march was not permitted and asked participants to stay on sidewalks and obey traffic rules.
"The event is being promoted as not welcoming to livestreamers, which is an indication that there may be some who intend to engage in criminal activity," they tweeted. "We ask businesses and residents in the area to secure items that could be taken and used as barricades or material for burning."
Those arrested Thursday night were 36-year-old Bryan Ortega-Schwartz, who was charged with attempt to elude in a vehicle and reckless driving, and 30-year-old Michael Kinney, who was charged with interfering with a peace officer, resisting arrest and failure to display a license. Daniel Supriyadi, a 27-year-old Lake Oswego resident, was criminally cited for disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.
Thursday night's events followed a riot in the city center Wednesday evening, which resulted in businesses and a church being damaged. Thirteen arrests were made.
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