PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A week of violent demonstrations in Portland continued Monday night when police declared an unlawful assembly after a group smashed windows during a march in northeast Portland.
Between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., dozens gathered in Woodlawn Park for a "direct action" event that had been advertised on social media.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, up to 80 people, along with support vehicles, began to march from the park to the bureau’s North Precinct.
During the march, police said officers responded to an unrelated deadly shooting nearby. “Due to the multiple high risk incidents, city-wide police response was shifted to emergency calls only to increase the likelihood that officers would be able to respond to life safety emergency calls for service,” PPB said.
As the crowd marched, a Popeyes reported some of its windows had been shattered.
According to police, some in the group pulled out umbrellas and shields as they approached the North Precinct.
More broken windows were reported at the U.S. Bank along the path of the march, and an ATM was reportedly damaged.
PPB said its sound truck announced multiple warnings at the group to stop committing vandalism.
An unlawful assembly was declared around 9:50 p.m. after police said criminal activity persisted. The crowd was then ordered to leave the area to the north, but they did not disperse.
People in this crowd have broken windows at at least two businesses. This crowd has blocked vehicle traffic. The people in the crowd are acting unlawfully. Their assembly is unlawful. This has been announced to the crowd by loudspeaker.— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) April 20, 2021
Additional windows were broken at the Boys & Girls Club just south of the precinct before the crowd “focused briefly” on the police building, PPB said.
A few windows at the Boys & Girls Club next to the North Precinct have been smashed and it looks like rocks or bricks were thrown through them. @fox12oregon #portlandprotest pic.twitter.com/4ZXzozRZFG— Bridget Chavez (@BridgetChavezTV) April 20, 2021
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro tweeted that it was "deeply saddened that the Blazers Boys & Girls Club was damaged."
The group continued its march to south down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Police said the Natural Grocers sustained damage as marchers continued southbound. The group then marched down to Prescott Street, then turned around and meandered through the blocks back in a northbound direction, according to PPB.
Just after 10:30 p.m., police said officers “made two focused arrests for actions related to the criminal activities at the U.S. Bank.”
Those arrested were identified as 27-year-old Emma Lightstone and 27-year-old Emily Keppler.
Each face a charge of first-degree criminal mischief.
About half an hour after the arrests, most of the crowd had left the area.
Monday’s unlawful assembly comes after multiple riots and another unlawful assembly in the past week in Portland.