PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Demonstrators took to the streets again late Monday night, blocking traffic and vandalizing buildings in downtown Portland.
There have been ongoing protests against police brutality and racial injustice in Portland. The majority have been peaceful, with some groups gathering late at night to engage in criminal activity and clash with police.
Police said on Monday night, demonstrators began by blocking traffic on Southwest 3rd Avenue between Main and Madison Streets. They moved to the 2nd Avenue side of the Justice Center around 1 a.m. and began applying graffiti to the building and blocking traffic on Southwest 2nd Avenue between Main and Madison Streets.
Demonstrators later used tools, including a 2x4 board and a hammer, to break windows on the 2nd Avenue and Main Street sides of the Justice Center, with reports of people attempting to enter the bureau’s Central Precinct through the windows that had been broken.
Officers responded and the demonstrators retreated to Southwest 3rd Avenue, police said, with officers attempting to then clean up debris left in the street.
Demonstrators around 2:13 a.m. began to rip plywood off the Justice Center, forcing officers to respond and try to move the crowd away from the building.
The effort was temporarily successful, with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office observing about a half-hour later demonstrators stacking plywood and other flammable material in front of one of an egress door.
“About five minutes later, they did the same thing to the 2nd Avenue side of the Justice Center,” Portland police said. “Around the same time, they broke the windows to an office space housed within the same building, but were unable to make entry.”
Officers were able to respond and clear the area but no arrests were made. Law enforcement confiscated some items and continue to investigate pending cases from the past month's criminal activities in and around the downtown area.
Several windows and glass doors were damaged and broken around the Justice Center building. Additional graffiti was also applied, which is in the process of being removed. The windows and doors are in the process of being re-boarded up.
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