PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Cleanup is underway in downtown Portland after a chaotic night outside the Mark Hatfield Federal Courthouse after a group vandalized the building and clashed with federal officers.
Shattered glass, graffiti, and boarded up windows and doors - this is the aftermath of what happened outside the courthouse Thursday evening.
FOX 12 cameras caught a group of protesters clashing with federal officers and police. People were seen pulling plywood off windows, then smashing them and lighting fires.
Federal officers used flash bangs and CS gas to push the crowd back.
Federal Protective Service now on the loudspeaker urging crowd to not set fire to or damage the courthouse further. pic.twitter.com/FyZTTlQyPX— Camila Orti (@CamilaOrtiTV) March 12, 2021
There were arrests made, but there's no word on how many at this time.
The demonstration comes just days after an eight-foot security fence surrounding the federal courthouse was removed. In June 2020, fencing and barriers were placed around the federal courthouse as protests happened night after night.
The U.S. attorney said they installed the fence to de-escalate tension between protesters and federal law enforcement.
FOX 12 has reached out to the Department of Homeland Security and received the following statement Friday:
“Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service (FPS), working in partnership with city and federal agencies, removed the protective fencing surrounding the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon. This decision was made in collaboration with local leaders from Portland as part of a broader effort to help the city return to normalcy.
In addition, several incidents occurred throughout the night last night, including one incident in which an object was thrown through a recently uncovered window at the courthouse. FPS will continue to fulfill its mandate of ensuring the safety and security of federal employees and facilities, while maintaining our commitment to working with the City of Portland and the community as part of a collective effort to restore the downtown area.”