Presidential statues toppled in Park Blocks by rioters
Statues of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt were toppled overnight, Sunday, Oct. 11, as a riot was declared in downtown Portland during what was declared an "Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage."
The windows and glass doors to the Oregon Historical Society were smashed out.
Kerry Tymchuk, executive director of the Oregon Historical Society, confirmed that windows were broken but none of the exhibits inside were damaged.
Portland police declared a riot around 9:30 p.m. and officers moved in to disperse the crowd.
The damage happened on the eve of Indigenous Peoples Day, also known as Columbus Day.
Indigenous activism groups called for a "Day of Rage Against Colonialism" on Oct. 11. Roosevelt was known as being hostile to Native Americans during his time in power.
Aside from the toppling of the statues, windows at other businesses and nearby Portland State University's campus public safety office also were shattered by rioters.
The first warning from authorities came around 8:30 p.m., when police tweeted that a "mass gathering" had formed in the park blocks near Southwest Park Avenue and Madison Street. "Some are trying to pull down a statue with a chain," said police via Twitter. Authorities went on to issue a public warning that anyone involved in criminal behavior would be subject to arrest.
It is unclear how many arrests were made in the wake of the riot declaration.
Early Monday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted multiple times about the overnight damage in Portland.
PSU police didn't face any setbacks despite the vandalism.
"Portland State University's Campus Public Safety Office was targeted by protesters Sunday night who shattered windows and damaged the front door of the office. No one was hurt, and the damage was cleaned up Monday," Christina Dyrness Williams, director of media and public relations for PSU, confirmed Monday morning. She said seven employees at the office were on shift Monday morning.
Pamplin Media Group contributed reporting to this story.
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