PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Police declared a riot early Wednesday morning after a group of demonstrators broke into the Portland Police Association building and started a fire.

Two events took place in Portland on Tuesday.

One group was at Southwest 3rd Avenue at Southwest Main Street where they blocked traffic for several hours. Police said the gathering was mostly peaceful and police did not interact with the crowd.

The second group began to gather at Peninsula Park at around 8 p.m. By 8:45 p.m., the group began marching towards the Portland Police Association building, located on the 1800 block of North Lombard Street.

The group arrived outside the PPA building at around 9:45 p.m. and began blocking all lanes of traffic on North Lombard at North Campbell.

At one point, a dumpster was was on fire in the middle of the street. Then, a fire was set at the edge of the building, but people in the crowd yelled for it to be put out. 

Police said people started vandalizing the PPA building with graffiti and others attempted to pull the plywood off of the doors and windows.

Demonstrators projected a sign onto the PPA building that said, “defund the police, invest in community.” Later, another projection said, “dismantle white supremacy.”

Police said some people in the crowd appeared to be trying to break into the PPA building. Police were telling people to stop or they may cited, arrested, or subject to use of force. 

At around 11:18 p.m., a truck traveling westbound on North Lombard Street could be seen dragging a motorcycle through the crowd. The incident was caught on camera.

Police said no one was hit by the truck and the driver was cooperative when interviewed by officers. The incident remains under investigation, according to police.

After the crowd continued to tamper with the doors of the PPA building and set fires in the streets and around the building, police declared an unlawful assembly just after 12 a.m.

As officers attempted to secure the PPA building, people in the crowd began throwing projectiles such as rocks and bricks. Police said the objects struck several officers, and one officer was hit with an unknown alkaline substance.

At around 12:14 a.m. police said several shots were heard in the 7000 block of North Mobile Avenue. During an investigation, a vehicle was found struck by gunfire.

More shots were heard in the 1900 block of North Lombard Street after a fight broke out in the parking lot of a convenience store. Police said no one was struck by gunfire and no one would speak to officers about the incident.

By 1:18 a.m., police said the group breached the doors to the PPA building and went inside. The group caused damage inside of the office and set fire to the building, according to police.

Police declared a riot due to the criminal activity and officers began to disperse the crowd.

By 3:30 a.m., the majority of the crowd had left the area.

Police booked the following people into jail:

  • Lisa Webb, 28, for charges of riot, second-degree disorderly conduct, and interfering with a police officer
  • Isaac Martin, 31, for charges of attempt to assault a public safety officer and interfering with a police officer
  • Carlton Smith, 47, for the charge of interfering with a police officer

Some crowd control munitions were used overnight, but police said no tear gas was deployed.

PPA President Daryl Turner released a statement Wednesday morning, saying:

"Last night, rioters attempted to make entry to the Portland Police Association office through the Rest Stop.

Initially, they breached the boarded up external door and heavily damaged, but did not get through, the glass Rest Stop door. RRT arrived and stopped any further entry and dispersed some of the crowd before deploying to another location by Command.

However, a second attempt to breach the Rest Stop was successful. When PPB responded, rioters had torn the television off of the Rest Stop wall, caused some other damage, and unsuccessfully attempted to start a fire on the kitchen floor. They did not get into the main office. All internal doors, offices, and areas remain secure.

As I've said before and will continue to say, it's just a building. You, the rank and file officers and first responders, are heart and soul of the PPA and public safety in our City. We are hearing from citizens every day who appreciate the work you are doing. I commend you for continuing to show incredible restraint, dedication, and professionalism in the midst of the violence and chaos."

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(18) comments

Insomn

OJ Simpson was mostly peaceful the night he murdered his wife. Pretending like these protests are peaceful when 69 nights in a row they have turned violent. Okay, I'm not religious, but burning bibles? Okay, if it was the Karran? It's okay that the left is burning the city. They're the ones in power right? What if the proud boys was doing this? The outrage of the left.

failed_leadership

i cant wait to see these people chimp out when trump wins again

mairez

Too bad we can't vote on these comments.

mairez

Peaceful protests do NOT block traffic. Blocking traffic is punishable with a ticket.

Ducky

When is someone going to put a stop finally to this? Anyone? Governor Brown? Mayor Wheeler? Do your jobs.

sagebrush

You can blame the liberal voters who created this mess. They need to get the non liberals out of Portland, then destroy the cesspool once and for all.

Hookie

All this trouble started when Hardesty got them all fired up with her police and white privledge hatred !

Defund the police and we will be at these thugs mercy

lanquan

We ARE at the thugs mercy NOW. They're all Hardesty's kids

lanquan

Commissioner; "Police are investigating a shooting that occurred in southeast Portland Tuesday evening".  Why should the Police investigate the shooting?? You and your minions have it under control! Those terrible Police can't do their job anyway, right? How's that record increase in shootings and crime doing? You must be SO proud of your accomplishment!

Mayor; "As officers attempted to secure the PPA building, people in the crowd began throwing projectiles such as rocks and bricks. Police said the objects struck several officers, and one officer was hit with an unknown alkaline substance".  

Wait a minute, this can't be violent attacks on our Portland Police? Those RIOTERS who have taken to the streets for 68 straight days were only angry because of the Federal Officers, right? Otherwise the violent RIOTING was tapering off, you said nearly gone! What dimension do you live in?The violent RIOTING occurs EVERY night! No reduction! Our Portland Police still attacked every G.D. night! Take it easy Hardesty..I know you're thrilled!

Write to these idiots ted.wheeler@portlandoregon.gov JoAnn@portlandoregon.gov

chillypepper

Totally agree with everything you stated above except for the write to Hardesty and Wheeler part. Waste of time. Vote them out. They do not listen to the tax payers. In fact, it seems a point of pride to them to not listen to their law abiding, tax paying citizens. Vote them out.

Delta85

The Police just stood by and didn't interact. That's called great policing in Portland the do nothing police wooohoo! No protecting and serving here, well if you call catering to the mob a job! It's like parents standing by watching their kids throw tantrums night after night!

sagebrush

The police are following orders from city hall. I think all of them should stay home for a few days and watch Portland self destruct. The Portland voters are idiots and should pay dearly for their stupidity.

chillypepper

A "blue flu" would be justly deserved in Portland, however I do feel badly for all those business and law abiders who would also pay.

chillypepper

What do you expect them to do when the state and City Leadership at the top is not allowing them the tools to enforce? It' s not the police, it is the Leadership, from Brown on down.

WebFootSTi

The "peacfull" rioters, arsonists, and vandals are definitely back. What say you now brown?

commentor

Just another one of those them there 'peaceful protests', right Spineless Ted?

Yossarian

Must be mad about the Feds... oh wait.

pb sir

These people just can't seem to quit, can they? Must be like an addiction of some kind...

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