PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – After several hours of demonstrating, a protest in north Portland Tuesday night was declared a riot by police. 

Protests calling for racial justice and police reform have been ongoing in Portland for a month since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, in Minneapolis. 

On Tuesday, police said that about 200 demonstrators began gathering at Peninsula Park around 6 p.m. About two and a half hours later, the demonstrators began marching in a northwesterly direction towards the Portland Police Association's office in north Portland. 

Soon after the protesters arrived in the area, police said the crowd blocked the road on North Lombard Street at North Campbell Avenue. Some threw projectiles such as rocks and water bottles at officers as well as shined green lasers into officers' eyes. 

At around 9:08 p.m., an unlawful assembly was declared by police and a PPB sound truck told demonstrators to disperse or face the possibility of arrest or use of force. 

Over the next hour, demonstrators remained in the area and continued to engage with officers, according to police, which including more projectile throwing, movement of dumpsters and plastic trash bins into the street, attempts to set fire to the dumpsters and trash bins and deployment of orange smoke towards officers.

Police said just before 10:15 p.m., demonstrators began lighting commercial grade fireworks and throwing them at officers. 

It was then that police declared the event a riot and told protesters to disperse to the east.

Police said they used CS gas to disperse the crowd. 

A FOX 12 crew reported seeing several arrests.

By about 11 p.m., a group of about 50 to 100 people remained and officers continued to push them east.

At one point, they blocked the road with garbage bins and started a fire near North Lombard Street and North Albina Avenue. 

Around midnight, demonstrators who had not dispersed began marching southbound Northeast MLK Boulevard from Northeast Lombard Street towards the PPB North Precinct. Police said nearly 85 demonstrators took several lanes of traffic on Northeast MLK Boulevard and were accompanied by several vehicles. As the demonstrators arrived at the precinct, the sound truck admonished the crowd, declaring another unlawful assembly.

Police said at 12:46 a.m., demonstrators set a large fire in a dumpster they had pushed in to Northeast Killingsworth Street near the north side of the precinct. Officers began to disperse the crowd and demonstrators continued to throw projectiles. Most demonstrators left the area by 1:15 a.m.

The following suspects were arrested in connection with the riot:

  • Simon Narode, 28 years-old, interfering with police officer, disorderly conduct II
  • Devon Casey, 21 years-old, interfering with police officer, disorderly conduct II, assault on a public safety officer
  • Lesley McClain, 34 years-old, riot, interfering with police officer
  • David Mandala, 27 years-old, interfering with police officer, disorderly conduct II, riot, resist arrest
  • Justin Yau, 30 years-old, interfering with police officer, riot
  • William Wesley, 36 years-old, riot, disorderly conduct II
  • Samantha Wrigglesworth, 25 years-old, interfering with police officer, disorderly conduct II
  • Ivy Black, 22 years-old riot, interfering with police officer (2 counts)
  • Cory Elia, 31 years-old, disorderly conduct I, ssault on a public safety officer (2 counts) resist arrest, interfering with police officer (2 counts)
  • Michael Woods, 22 years-old, interfering with police officer, disorderly conduct II, riot
  • Ryan Krellwitz, 31 years-old, interfering with police officer, disorderly conduct II, assault on a public safety officer, riot MW 03/17/89
  • Reid Bramble, 42 years-old, interfering with police officer, disorderly conduct II
  • Joseph King, 39 years-old, interfering with police officer, disorderly conduct II
  • April Mackay, 33 years-old, interfering with police officer, disorderly conduct II
  • Bethany Carlson, 27 years-old, interfering with police officer, disorderly conduct II, riot
  • Lucas Strong, 26 years-old, assault on a police officer, harassment, escape II, interfering with police officer, disorderly conduct II,
  • Nicholas Buri, 25 years-old, disorderly conduct II, assault on a public safety officer
  • Alexander Nichols, 26 years-old, interfering with police officer, disorderly conduct II
  • John Alger, 23 years-old, interfering with police officer, disorderly conduct II
  • Christopher Plechot, 21 years-old, interfering with police officer
  • Rushton, Daniel, 24 years-old, interfering with police officer
  • Damesha Smith, 27 years-old, assault on a public safety officer, attempted assault on a public safety officer, harassment
  • Willem Visser, 39 years-old, interfering with police officer, disorderly conduct II, resist arrest
  • Evan Tupper, 40 years-old, interfering with police officer
  • Zoe Ezechiels, 23 years-old, interfering with police officer IPO
  • Kekie Ulmer, 29 years-old, interfering with police officer, disorderly conduct I
  • Danguole Lekaviciute, 34 years-old, interfering with police officer
  • William Sturky, 30 years-old, riot
  • Lester Wrecksie, 43 years-old, riot

Last week, protesters gathered at the North Precinct and vandalized the building

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(16) comments

ItsPolitical

In Beverly Hills, the police issued an ordinance that prohibits ANY protests larger than 10 people between the hours of 10pm and 8am. Anyone violating this is arrested. Of course, the residents of Beverly Hills are mostly limousine liberals who also want to defund the police, as they can afford their own private security detail, but the concept seems to be simple enough. Why can't we do the same? If the precinct holding cells are full of anarchists and others still burn it down, then, oh well!!

ItsPolitical

Take down internet/cell phone signals each night (while taxpayers and law-abiding people sleep) and see how well they communicate. And, arm yourselves, because Wheeler and Hardesty care more about CRIMINALS than the safety of those who haven't moved out of Portland yet, and our police have been neutered.

commentor

The police should have used something a little more potent and attention getting than tear gas.

NopeTrain

Go against the Protestors/Rioters/BLM activisit and risk getting on Soros' bad side.

Or throw the Police under the bus and tee off the public unions?

Oh what's a girl to do? I know what will fix this: tax businesses and the middle class more!!

Delta85

Stay home slow the spread is the message, wear your mask do it for others they say...

I am sick and tired of being told it's all about others while our city has protested 35 straight days.... But No evidence of thousands of people protesting or gathering for 35 days would cause a spike in the virus. No honoring America with firework displays but go ahead protest.... We are being lied to people!

ItsPolitical

I couldn't agree with you more! They can't have it one way with punk protestors, and the other way for the rest of us. I'm done...with the lies and the fear mongering.

lanquan

Please write to the Mayor and Commissioner:

ted.wheeler@portlandoregon.gov JoAnn@portlandoregon.gov

lanquan

Mayor,

It's great to make the world news, isn't it? Friends throughout Europe and Asia contact me and make sure we're safe here.

I tell them, not to worry, our City Government is all over it, they have it handled! Or are the protesters all over the City Government?

When will you instruct the Police to step into the groups? When will the City of Portland pay small businesses for all the damage?

With the budget in the tank, the $20+ million dollars of lost revenue seems almost criminal considering it could have been avoided.

When will this end? You're the Man at the Top! You're supposed to have answers. A weary populace wants answers and leadership.

Step aside if this is to taxing, too much for one man and let someone have another swing at it.

This has become a War whether you like to admit it or not. We are under assault and need an aggressive leader.

Wrist slapping and soft glove treatment has brought the city closer to anarchistic takeover...End their party NOW!

Eliza Cassan

Anyone who says this was not a riot is a idiot, they put lives as risk, arson, you name it. The police commish needs to put these people away for a long time, of course he won't, he encourages it

WebFootSTi

Yep. Mayor pookie is also the police commissar.

lanquan

And Wheeler and Hardesty say??? Not a peep! How long will this go on. Water cannons, rubber bullets, or let the protesters have their way with Portland?

WebFootSTi

The protesters/rioters are not winning hearts and minds, nor additional support for their cause. The destruction of America.

Shayshay96

[crying] there was another live. The first group (this group) is going to meet another group burning a fire at the Justice center in port or. I do not condone any of this and want our state back to normal. Hopefully someone see this and can do something before a really bad riot starts like last time. I'm scared. This is not okay

Shayshay96

They need to take action they are all on live on Facebook saying it's not a riot and people listening to police scanners telling them what's going to happen and calling people trolls. And whoever is a troll they will find out where they work and get them fired this is not the world I want my children growing up in

Merlin

A clear over reaction by the police, right Jo Ann?

IBCNU

Ted has a calcium deficiency. Get a backbone and toss these thugs in prison to chill out or to the middle-east to get hate, anger and fighting out of their sorry soles.

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