$25K in damage as protesters burn Portland police union HQ
Police declared a riot for the second night in a row Tuesday, Feb. 13, after a crowd of about 100 people set out on another "direct action" march from Kenton Park to the Portland Police Association office — where fires were quickly ignited.
Portland police said the group walked through Kenton and blocked traffic at North Lombard and Denver, which is where the PPA building is located. By 10 p.m., someone in the group had lit a fire directly next to the building in a garbage can, police said. Others reportedly shot fireworks toward the building.
Police said one person used an unknown accelerant on the wooden frame of a door to the building, igniting a fire that was growing larger. Firefighters with Portland Fire & Rescue were quick to respond and extinguish the fire at the building.
The fire is estimated to have done $25,000 in damage, according to the PPB.
A neighbor tries to put out the fire using a garden house on the Portland police Association building pic.twitter.com/chUcwaKWRZ— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) April 14, 2021
Daryl Turner, executive director of the police union association, said in a statement that while the building was not breached, the fire to the side entrance vestibule on North Cambell Street damaged the entry door, ceiling and walls of the structure.
"Thankfully, there were no injuries, no one was inside the building at the time of the fire and the neighboring homes were spared damage," Turner said.
Police said they issued multiple announcements to clear the roadway and stay off PPA property. Police declared a riot about 10 minutes after the group arrived at the office building, citing criminal activity and the danger the fires were posing to the surrounding neighborhood. The crowd was told to get out of the streets and to disperse to the north.
One person, identified as 19-year-old Alma Yesenia Raven-Guido, was arrested and charged with second-degree arson. Police say they also confiscated bottles full of probable accelerant and lighters, along with a crowbar, spray paint and a heavy marker from Raven-Guido.
Raven-Guido, a local baker and Beaverton resident, was previously charged with resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer and second-degree disorderly conduct during a protest on Aug. 25, but Multnomah County prosecutors didn't pursue the case.
After the arrest was made, police said many people in the crowd returned to Kenton Park and appeared to get into cars and leave. In total, the incident lasted less than 30 minutes.
The same organizers who called for the action on Monday tweeted for an event Tuesday night. People were urged to gather at 8 p.m. at Kenton Park and then move an hour later. And once again organizers wanted "no streamers, no megaphones, no peace police."
PPB said these events "historically included wanton destruction of public and private property, violence and the active threat of harm by thrown or propelled objects, fire and impact weapons. Similarly advertised events promoted and then engaged in arson and riots."
KOIN 6 News is a media partner of the Portland Tribune. Click here to read their story. Pamplin Media Group staff also contributed reporting.
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