Fire, looting erupts overnight near Portland Police North Precinct
Protesters in Portland reportedly looted a business and set fires at the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct early Friday morning, after a night of demonstrations turned destructive.
Around 3:30 a.m., Friday, June 26, Police said fires were lit not only at the North Precinct, but at surrounding structures as well. The police also tweeted that at least one business was looted overnight. Earlier in the night, some demonstrators reportedly attempted to create an autonomous zone outside the precinct before an unlawful assembly was declared.
Protesters appeared to have dispersed just before 4 a.m. Police reported that non-life threatening injuries resulted from the demonstrations.
Early Friday, the Top to Bottom store on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard has restoration crews out early, installing new windows and clearing debris. A nearby bank is believed to have been vandalized as well.
Shortly after midnight, police declared the gathering outside of the North Precinct an unlawful assembly and used what appeared to be flash-bangs after protesters created barricades on the streets surrounding the precinct, including Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Police warned they would arrest demonstrators. Protesters responded with loud noises, explicit chanting and strobe lights. Eventually, protesters would set up another barricade at the intersection of MLK and Northeast Killingsworth Street, setting a dumpster and debris on fire.
The protesters had marched from Fern Hill Park in Northeast Portland to the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct earlier Thursday evening. Many of them stayed at the precinct to chant and listen to speakers.
KOIN 6 News observed many in the group vandalizing the police building by spray-painting graffiti along the outer walls, blacking out security cameras and rolling dumpsters into the street to form a barricade as a line of uniformed officers looked on from a distance.
Multiple arrests were made and more information is forthcoming.
KOIN 6 is a news partner of Pamplin Media Group.
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