Riot declared at Portland protest near police union hall
Police declared a riot and made several arrests after protesters returned to North Portland for another demonstration targeting the rank-and-file officers' union hall.
Officers in riot gear guarded a detachment of contractors who worked late into the night on Monday, July 13, while boarding up the windows of the Portland Police Association's headquarters at 1868 N. Lombard St.
Perhaps 200 or so protesters marched from Kenton Park to the building, where they chanted and squared off with police for hours. While live-streamers are common currency at protests, one police officer also carried a camera during the fray, offering viewers an uncensored look at the sights and sounds — including the usual chants, the clanging of cow bells and incessant squeaking noises from pig-shaped rubber toys.
Portland protest day 46 pic.twitter.com/b1UH5LJTKh— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 14, 2020
In another viral moment, protesters appeared to confuse an unknown counter protester with Andy Ngo, who was not present at the rally.
This is from earlier, a man gets upset with protestors for confusing him with someone else â€œIâ€™m not Andyâ€ pic.twitter.com/3rBXCapD2y— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 14, 2020
Police said rocks, bottles, pieces of brick, ball bearings, and paint balloons were thrown at police. A mattress was brought to the scene but protesters found it to be inflammable. Another demonstrator scurried onto a roof before jumping off unharmed.
The scene was active until at least 2:45 a.m., police said, and involved multiple dispersals.
Police said one officer suffered a minor injury to their hand, and the bureau said that no tear gas was deployed. Protests have now occurred nightly for more than 45 days here.
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