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Portland police make no arrests during vandalism because they were also busy elsewhere.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - Vandalism during a march for abortion rights on Saturday night.About 200 people gathered in Grant Park in Northeast Portland on the night of Saturday, June 26, and then a large group of them marched down Sandy Boulevard smashing windows in what was labeled as a march for abortion rights.

A flyer seen on social media labeled this a "direct action" and urged attendees to "Wear Black," both common phrases used during the Portland protests that erupted in 2020.

"If Abortions Aren't Safe Then You Aren't Either," the flyer stated.

Official estimates said about 60 people, most of whom were dressed completely in black, began their march around 10 p.m. and immediately began breaking windows and scrawling graffiti.

Banks and coffee shops had windows broken by this "destructive group," police said, along with damaging a Portland school van by breaking windows and tagging it.

A "pregnancy resource center" — which provides counseling for pregnant women but does not support abortion services, according to its website — was vandalized with graffiti and broken windows.

A Tesla was seriously damaged on Northeast Hancock Street. A witness who saw it happen left a note on the car and tried to make a police report.

Authorities said the group cleared out around 10:45 p.m. That's when police were able to take damage reports.

While there was a relatively heavy police presence at the scene during the vandalism, Portland Police Bureau officials said they "did not have resources to intervene in the moment." They noted that at the same time as this was happening, there was a shooting and a stabbing in the East Precinct area and an impromptu dance party at Irving Park with about 1,000 people who marched and blocked traffic.

"There were also calls about speed racers doing stunts in various parts of Portland," officials said.

No arrests were made Saturday night, but that "does not mean that people are not being charged with crimes later," they said. The investigations are ongoing.

Police are looking for help in two ways: Anyone in the area with surveillance cameras should check to see if they have anything that might be useful that happened between 10:06 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. Tips can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Second, if anyone suffered damage during this event, make a police report by calling 503-823-3333.

This incident comes one night after 10 people were arrested in a so-called "Night of Rage" protest in Eugene following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case. The unrest in Eugene started as a gathering near a pregnancy center and ended in 10 arrests, most for disorderly conduct.

Protesters also gathered in Portland Friday night. A crowd estimated at more than 1,500 people voiced their displeasure over the Supreme Court decision. The gathering was peaceful.

However, around 11 p.m. a KOIN 6 News crew saw a separate group start marching, with some participants {obj:63764:throwing glass bottles at the federal courthouse} building and starting a street fire.

While the majority of the protest was peaceful, Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell issued a statement saying "I respect the right to gather and demonstrate, and I urge everyone who does to do so peacefully." Lovell said. "I urge you to reject any attempt to undermine your message by those who utilize the tactics of criminal destruction."

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.


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