Police: 21 arrests during Friday night protest in Portland
Portland Police Bureau announced the arrest of 20 adults and one juvenile during a Friday night, June 5, clash between authorities and protesters that lasted past 2 a.m.
At one point, demonstrators breached the fence surrounding the Multnomah County Justice Center, briefly knocking it down before being forced from the area by a barrage of tear gas and plastic bullets. Officers declared the gathering a civil disturbance and unlawful assembly.
Police say they also came under fire, with protesters hurling bricks, glass bottles, fireworks, frozen water bottles, blades, ball bearings, mortars, batteries, a can of beans and beer bottles at officers, as well as directing laser pointers at their eyes.
"Agitators were using sling shots to directly aim at officers," according to a police bureau news release. "One of the projectiles that was thrown at the officers was an improvised explosive that landed right by an officer's feet. The fuse burned out and the item did not explode."
Police say they also intervened and stopped a vehicle that nearly struck several members of the crowd. Police say the driver was providing a "support role" to protesters.
More arrests announced:
Police announced the names of those arrested during a protest that began Thursday, June 4 outside the downtown jail.
• Temple Canfield, 55, on charges of Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer
• Matthew Walsh, 24, on charges of Interfering with a Peace Officer
• Charles Tone, 28, on charges of Disorderly Conduct II
• Rio Builer, 24, on charges of Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer
• Jason Marshall, 37, on charges of Driving while Suspended (warrant)
• Jared Chesebro, 21, on charges of Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer
• Dawn Lilleberg, 19, on charges of Interfering with a Peace Officer
• Nicholas Swartsfager, 31, on charges of Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer
• Amber Boblet, 31, on charges of Interfering with a Peace Officer
• Zackariah Pickrell, 18, on charges of Reckless Driving, Attempt Elude
• Brandon Vasks, 30, on charges of Interfering with a Peace Officer
• Eamonn Connor, 20, on charges of Interfering with a Peace Officer
Only one arrest was announced during the Wednesday night protest. Steven Richardson, 28, faces charges of riot, menacing, attempt to elude (vehicle), reckless driving, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct II and unlawful use of a weapon.
Portland Fire warns businesses to hide dumpsters
Given a rash of blazes set by street protesters in Portland, Portland Fire & Rescue is warning businesses "with dumpsters and other exterior trash receptacles to use the lids, and lock, if possible to prevent fires from being started in them."
Officials suggested moving trash bins away from structures to prevent flames from spreading to buildings. "If your dumpster is on fire, call 911 for assistance," according to a bureau news release.
In related news, Central Precinct officers announced during the Thursday, June 4, protest that a molotov cocktail was found "hidden" near the Justice Center around 12:41 p.m. After a security guard found the potential fire-starter, the bomb disposal squad responded to the scene. An investigation into the matter continues.
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