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Portland police overtime pay reaches nearly $600K for post-election protests

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Image from riot in Portland earlier this month. (KPTV) Image from riot in Portland earlier this month. (KPTV)
Surveillance image of wanted suspect accused of vandalizing Banana Republic during riot in downtown Portland. (Image released by Portland Police Bureau) Surveillance image of wanted suspect accused of vandalizing Banana Republic during riot in downtown Portland. (Image released by Portland Police Bureau)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The protests in Portland that surrounded the election of President-elect Donald Trump led to overtime pay of nearly $600,000 for Portland police officers.

A Portland Police Bureau spokesman confirmed Tuesday that overtime pay topped $592,800 for officers responding to protests throughout the city earlier this month.

Protesters marched through the streets nightly following the election. Bridges and highways were blocked, businesses were vandalized and more than 100 people were arrested in connection with the protests.

Two nights after the election, a protest turned into a riot. Police said rocks and bottles were thrown at officers.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Police Chief Mike Marshman said anarchists and others hijacked what were supposed to be peaceful protests to fight with police. Some protesters returned to the scene of the riot and helped business owners clean up. A GoFundMe account was also started for those businesses that raised more than $55,000. 

Students also got in on the protests, organizing two separate marches in two weeks following the election. The first saw hundreds of students walk out of class, some as young as sixth-graders.

The second student protest went into the evening hours and led to the arrests of three activist leaders.

Police have released multiple images of protesters wanted in connection to damaging property. In one case, a riot suspect accused of damaging vehicles at Toyota of Portland was arrested.

On Tuesday, police released another surveillance image of a suspect wanted for breaking a window at Banana Republic on Southwest Yamhill Street during the Nov. 10 riot. Anyone with information is asked to contact Portland police.

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