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UPDATE: Mayor Ted Wheeler denounces destruction as nothing more than 'criminal violence.'

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - Damage at one of the vandalized buildings Friday night.Two separate groups of people vandalized buildings Friday night in different parts Portland.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, one group of people reportedly dressed in black and wearing spray-painted helmets gathered outside of the Mexican Consulate on Southwest 12th Avenue before moving through the streets. Most of those who joined in the destruction had dispersed before officers arrived, and no arrests had been made by about 10 p.m. Nov. 20.

VIA PPB - Several dozen buildings along Sandy Boulevard were vandalized, Portland Police say. Police tweeted that a separate group of nearly 50 people gathered at Northeast Halsey Street and 52nd Avenue before moving to Northeast 43rd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. As the group marched southwest down Sandy, they vandalized several businesses.

A KOIN 6 News crew found signs of vandalism including graffiti and broken windows in the area. Windows were damaged at a Chase Bank, One Main Financial, and a Whole Foods. A glass door was smashed at a Wells Fargo.

Police said this second group also had mostly dispersed by the time officers arrived, and no arrests were made.

Mayor Ted Wheeler released the following statement early Saturday afteroon:

"The people who engaged in criminal destruction are an affront to our community. They are working in direct opposition to the needs of the people they say they speak for. They are criminals. They are being played by political forces who are set on preserving the status quo or worse. There is no excuse for the criminal destruction to 24 businesses along NE Sandy Boulevard. The Mexican Consulate and Multnomah County Courthouse were also targeted by violent groups. None of this should sit well with any thinking Portlander. To those participating in violence, I want to be clear: I denounce your actions. Law enforcement will do everything possible to find you and hold you accountable. We all agree racial justice is past due, but I absolutely denounce the violence and criminal destruction."

An "autonomously organized" protest was previously announced for Friday night. Organizers wanted people to be "extra angry at how PPB and other aspects of our city has oppressed trans people."

The protest, ostensibly for #BlackTransLivesMatter, was planned for 8 p.m. in the South Park Blocks and was billed as a direct action march, which often has devolved into violence.

Organizers warned against anyone planning to stream it or use megaphones. They encouraged people to "bring art supplies" — perhaps spray paint for graffiti tagging — and said there will be "no masters," that is, no leaders.

Portland has been relatively calm over the past week.

On the afternoon of Nov. 19, small opposing groups briefly clashed outside the downtown Multnomah County Justice Center, but no arrests were made.

Eight days ago, a small group of demonstrators vandalized a small business that works with the city on homeless issues, tagging it with graffiti and smashing windows in the 2700 block of Southeast Milwaukie Avenue.

The company works with the Joint Office of Homeless Services to provide information and supplies, maintains 137 hygiene units in the city, and cleans up trash daily.

"In fact, people experiencing homelessness request the company assist them with trash and human waste removal," Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Dan Ryan said in a joint statement. "Nearly 75% of the company's staff have similar lived experience to those at campsites."

Wheeler and Ryan together made one thing clear: "We will do everything in our power to ensure those responsible for this criminal act are apprehended and held accountable."

Here is the list of damaged buildings, according to police:

• Theater, 4100 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Restaurant, 4100 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Discount Store, 4200 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Financial office, 4300 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti and broken glass

• Labor & staffing company, 4600 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Apartment building, 4600 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Food cart, 4600 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Restaurant, 4600 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Tire & auto shop, 4500 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Insurance office, 4500 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti and broken glass

• Paint store, 4400 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Insurance office, 4400 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Dance studio, 4400 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Office building, 4400 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Title company, 4400 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Bank, 4300 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti and broken glass

• Grocery store, 4300 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti and broken glass

• Bank, 4200 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: Graffiti and broken glass

• Restaurant, 4200 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti and broken glass

• Nail spa, 4100 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Pharmacy, 1800 block of NE 41st Ave, Damage: graffiti and broken glass

• Bar, 4000 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Smoke shop, 4000 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Vintage clothing store, 4000 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

• Three unoccupied business spaces, 4000 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Their story can be found here.


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