Crowd assaults Justice Center, several people arrested
Following a day of large and peaceful Juneteenth protests throughout the region, a much smaller crowd attacked the downtown Justice Center late Friday and early Saturday.
Police say multiple windows in the building were shattered by ball bearings fired by slingshots, endangering officers standing behind them. Cans, bottles and eggs also were thrown over the fence surrounding the building, which houses the Multnomah County Jail and the Portland Police Bureau's Central Precinct.
When one member of the crowd breached the fence, rocks the size of baseballs were thrown at deputies who went outside to make an arrest.
Police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly at 11:14 p.m. on June 19 and ordered the crowd to leave west and north. The group eventually left and briefly marched around downtown before returning to the Justice Center. It dispersed in small groups, with most leaving by 3 a.m. No CS gas was used at the event.
Several arrests were made, including two people responsible for shattering windows at the Justice Center, police said. They have been identified as Jessica Janae Wieandt, 28, and Ariston Ronald Vallejos, 31. Each were charged with one county of criminal mischief in the first degree and 10 counts of reckless endangering. Officers recovered metal bearings, a long-range slingshot, slingshot bands and a pick hammer from their possession.
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