The Portland Police Bureau declared a riot and repelled protesters near their union office using tear gas and other non-lethal munitions during a demonstration that began on Tuesday night, June 30.
Officers were seen making multiple arrests as they pushed a crowd of several hundred east away from the Portland Police Association's nondescript office at 1868 N. Lombard St.
According to social media accounts, KBOO freelance journalists Corey Elia and Lesley McLam were arrested while covering the event. Both of their livestreams abruptly cut off, with the last few frames showing them being approached by officers.
Alex Milan Tracy, a wire service photojournalist, said police seized his GoPro camera "as evidence" after he dropped it while filming.
Portland protester being arrested tonight pic.twitter.com/6qME4Bk3tz— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) July 1, 2020
Portland Police reported "criminal activity" in the crowd, which appeared to refer to graffiti, at least two broken windows at an Aaron's furniture store and numerous projectiles that were hurled at the police dressed in riot gear during the hours-long protest that stretched past midnight in North Portland.
Josh Jones watched the clash on Lombard Street unfold from his apartment window. He said he saw police throw a girl to the ground "aggressively."
Police have declared a riot and used crowd control munitions tonight in North Portland. pic.twitter.com/564cYPMzTu— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) July 1, 2020
"I saw peaceful protesters being pushed back and gassed, for nothing," he said. "They were announcing that there was a riot going on even though nothing was happening other than people just standing and peacefully protesting."
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