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Portland Police declared a riot at the Penumbra Kelly building after the police facility was vandalized.

PMG PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Recycling cans were lit on fire and strewn across East Burnside Street after Portland Police declared a riot during a protest on April 12.Portland Police Bureau officers declared a riot and used force to dispel protesters after marchers damaged an eastside cop shop on Monday evening, April 12.

Several hundred demonstrators gathered at Laurelhurst Park for a vigil for Daunte Wright — a Black man killed by a police officer near Minneapolis two days ago in what authorities termed an "accidental" shooting — before marching to the Penumbra Kelly building, a facility shared by the Portland Police Bureau and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office that was a frequent target of protests last summer.

PMG PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Protesters in Portland ripped down light fixtures on the outside of the Penumbra Kelly building on April 12.Police told the crowd to stay on the sidewalk and not enter the parking lot, but officers mostly remained out of sight after demonstrators chucked fireworks at a few guards posted outside.

The incident reached fever pitch when members of the crowd dashed across the property line several times; they smashed windows, spray-painted the building, ripped down the lighting sconces and stuffed trash in the mouth of a police canine statue. Some removed bricks from an earthen retaining wall across East Burnside Street to add to their arsenal.

Police declared an unlawful assembly and later a riot, citing the stones, bottles, ball bearings and other projectiles hurled at the thin line of officers. Police pushed the crowd west, down Burnside to Cesar Chavez Boulevard, as protesters tossed rubbish bins into the street to slow the police charge.

"Guess I'll clean up my garbage cans now," one resident exclaimed, while other neighbors mouthed curses at police.



Several short "bull rush" style pushes saw protesters and press knocked to the ground by officers. Police stopped moving the crowd west once they neared Laurelhurst Park, and most of the crowd eventually dispersed. Officers also fired impact munitions into the crowd at times.

Several reporters were confronted by protesters, including a journalist on scene for the New York Times who was spray-painted while filming the crowd.

Protest medics said they treated people who had been maced, as well as a sprained ankle and another person with a busted finger.

North Portland vandalism

Elsewhere in the city, police said several suspects cut through a chain link fence in order to break car windows and slash the tires of several squad cars parked at the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division Office, 7214 N. Philadelphia Ave.

According to a news release, a passerby heard sounds of breaking glass near the historic building around 9:44 p.m., but those responsible for the damage had fled by the time officers arrived.

PMG PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Portland Police stood guard near the Penumbra Kelly Building on East Burnside Street during a protest on April 12.


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