PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Police declared a riot Wednesday night after Black Lives Matter demonstrators took to the streets in downtown Portland and tensions escalated, with at least three Molotov cocktails thrown at officers.

People gathered in downtown hours after a grand jury indicted one officer and cleared two others in case of the deadly shooting of Breonna Taylor. 

Taylor, a Black woman, was shot and killed by police six months ago at her home in Louisville, Kentucky during a late night raid as part of a drug investigation involving Taylor's ex-boyfriend.

Prosecutors said their investigation showed the three officers serving the warrant announced themselves before entering, and that it was a "no knock" warrant, as previously thought. None of the three officers involved were charged in Taylor's death. Instead, the indicted officer faces charges for "wanton endangerment" for firing shots into neighboring homes.

In Portland on Wednesday night, hundreds of people gathered at Chapman Square Park, located in the 1100 block of Southwest 3rd Avenue, to listen to speakers and attend a Justice for Breonna Taylor event.

The Portland Police Bureau said the group spilled in to the street, blocking vehicular traffic on Southwest 3rd Avenue for several hours. During this time, the group of nearly 300 people stood outside the Justice Center on Southwest 3rd Avenue.

Around 9:45 p.m., about 75 people began gathering on the Central Precinct side of the Justice Center, located in the 1100 block of Southwest 2nd Avenue. The group stood in the street and blocked traffic.

Police reported some members of the group threw softball-sized rocks at the precinct, which shattered the glass windows above the entry doors. The rock throwing continued, making it difficult for officers to exit the precinct, police said. 

Some in the crowd proceeded to use slingshots to launch projectiles through the broken glass windows of the building. Meanwhile, others attempted to break into the front doors of the precinct's lobby, according to police. 

An unlawful assembly was declared just before 10 p.m. and the crowd was told to leave over PPB loudspeaker. During crowd dispersal, PPB said commercial grade fireworks and glass bottles were thrown at officers. 

About 20 minutes later, the north side of the Justice Center was lit on fire and police declared a riot. 

Once again, people were told to leave the area as officers in riot gear filled the streets. 

Police said group members continued to block traffic in the streets and throw full soup cans towards officers. Green lasers were shined at officers in the PPB sound truck.

As officers began to disperse the crowd again, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at officers, hitting one officer's foot. PPB said a Portland Fire medic was nearby and was able to extinguish the flames.

PBB reported that a second Molotov cocktail was thrown towards officers near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Main Street, and a third Molotov cocktail was thrown at officers near Southwest Broadway and Southwest Main Street.

As crowd dispersal continued, those who remained aggressively threw rocks and other items at officers, police said.

The following was then announced by officers over loudspeaker: "Because of serious life safety issues caused by the Molotov cocktails, the area of Southwest Naito Parkway to Southwest Broadway Street was closed from Southwest Columbia Street to Southwest Harvey Milk Street."

Police said despite the announcement, the crowd stayed in the area and eventually headed back to the Justice Center.

As the group approached the Justice Center, a larger closure area was enacted to include Southwest Naito Parkway to Southwest 14th Avenue and police announced this to the group over loudspeaker

Another crowd dispersal ensued and PPB said officers were hit with projectiles such as rocks and paint.

Shortly after midnight Thursday, a group of about 75 people returned to Chapman Square Park, police said. The group then gathered at Southwest 2nd Avenue and Southwest Madison Street before dispersing around 1:30 a.m.

During the events downtown, PPB said officers used some crowd control munitions and three officers suffered minor injuries during crowd dispersals.

The last time police declared a riot in Portland was Saturday, Sept. 5 -- the 100th day of protests in the city. 

In Louisville on Wednesday, two officers were shot as protesters spilled into the streets. Interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder said a suspect was in custody but did not offer details about whether that person was participating in the demonstrations. He said both officers are expected to recover, and one is undergoing surgery.

Late Thursday morning, PPB reported that 13 people were arrested:

  • Colleen E. McDonald, 27, from Portland, who was arrested for resisting arrest, harassment, interfering with a police officer, and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Joseph Robert Sipe, 23, from Portland, who was arrested for attempted murder, attempted first-degree assault, first-degree arson, and possession of a destructive device.
  • Brandon Paape, 31, from Portland, who was arrested for resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer, and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Hanna Lilly, 21, from Portland, who was arrested for riot.
  • Cyan Waters Bass, 21, from Portland, who was arrested for attempted first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree arson, possession of a destructive device, and first-degree criminal mischief.
  • Ryan Rasmussen, 47, from Portland, who was arrested for riot, resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer, and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Benjamin William Kopsa, 24, from Portland, who was arrested for riot, interfering with a police officer, and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Conor A. Finnegan, 28, from Portland, who was arrested for riot, interfering with a police officer, and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Venancio Bautista-DeJesus, 25, from Gresham, who was arrested for interfering with a police officer, and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Juan Bautista, 27, from Portland, who was arrested for riot, resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer, and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Aimee A. Zink, 28, from Portland, who was arrested for interfering with a police officer.
  • Anthony P. Herrington, 28, from Portland, who was arrested for riot, interfering with a police officer, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Calvin Jerome Jackson, 19, from Portland, who was arrested for first-degree criminal mischief.

"I am glad we were able to make arrests and hold people accountable for the reprehensible acts of violence," PPB Chief Chuck Lovell said in a statement.

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(20) comments

Toothache

BLM lives don't matter and neither does Portland. Just give the miserable cesspool to the terrorists and let them destroy it. When they have finished, nuke the place. Oregon will be much better off.

Erik Erlow Eeckhart

Preventable? Sure, don't associate with drug dealers. Tragic? Yes, she did not deserve to die and the police surely are effected by the events. Criminal? No.

ItsPolitical

Well said.

Pantherophis

The real question is do you want this country and your family ruled by BLM or the constitution and Trump.

ItsPolitical

TRUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eliza Cassan

Police can't use teargas but the protestors can use Molotov cocktails, bricks, slingshots, glass bottles, whatever they want! Wheeler is putting not only police but the general public in danger. He needs a one-way ticket to Gitmo

ItsPolitical

He needs to be dragged from his office and tarred and feathered, like they used to do do to crooks and criminals!

chillypepper

It is sad that Ms. Taylor is dead. It's also sad that she made decisions to engage with known criminals. She paid a heavy price for those decisions. The evidence is clear that she was, in fact, still in contact with her ex-boyfriend who listed her phone number and address as his place of residence. She was also involved in some capacity with the murder of a man who was a brother of an ?associate" of her ex-boyfriend, that man was found murdered in the trunk of a car that Ms. Taylor had rented. However, these facts are not easy to find and definitely do not fit the current popular narrative. Did Ms. Taylor "deserve" to die? By no means. Was she complicit in her own demise? Well, if I am walking next to a cliff, and there are signs that walking off that path is dangerous, and I ignore those signs, walk off that path, and die... who is to blame? Decisions and actions have consequences.

ItsPolitical

She also had a CHILD, that she endangered by living with drug dealers. She was no martyr.

Delta85

It's so great to hear all the sane comments about facts of the case. When the media mob doesn't present those you get riots under false pretenses! They simple don't know the truth and I am thinking they don't care...

Merlin

Breonna Taylor was a drug dealer, her boyfriend shot first...no loss.

ItsPolitical

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Frederick Fukov

I can't wait for the day after the election, when Trump finally uses the Insurrection Act of 1806 to put down the rabid dogs in the streets. These are not protesters. These are not demonstrators. They are terrorists. They are anti-American traitors to this country, attempting to destroy this country.

BLM and antifa have kiIIed innocent citizens, who are out in the streets supporting this country, exercising THEIR first amendment rights. They are cop kiIIers. Two more police officers were targeted and shot by a sniper..a coward, a low-life sub-human that has no business breathing the same air as the rest of us.

And all the while, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS and all of the mainstream liberal media, are blasting their state sponsored radical liberal propaganda, which fuels the terrorism. Even democrat politicians, including Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, AOC, Ilhan Omar, Pressley, Tlaib, Dingel, Swalwell, Cuomo, DeBlasio, and even the democrat VP nominee Kamala Harris, are openly enabling, fostering, supporting and encouraging the rioting terrorists. This is truly one of the sickest, most disgraceful and disgusting displays in America's history, and it's all..built..on a platform of lies.

racecar57

My thoughts exactly !!!

ItsPolitical

Democrats have become the party of HATE. Many have walked away, as they feel the party abandoned THEM, not the other way around. Many more can (and should) walk away, too!

BillBixby

Ha! Nobody is filled with more vile hatred than the Republicans. Get your self straight.

nativepdx

The police knocked on the door, announced themselves as the police and entered the apartment and were shot at first. An officer was shot first before they opened fire.

It was not a "no knock" warrant, according to the Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron.

Insomn

So once again. Something that didn't happen here. Being blamed on the police here and at the court house here. That once again they planned an attack on US building, in US street, and tried to burn down buildings. That they threatened to burn this state to the ground. In less they get what they want. "we do not negotiate with terrorists!"

PDX is a warzone

Learn the facts people. Her drug dealing boyfriend admitted he heard the officers announce themselves, then admitted he fired first hitting an officer. They returned fire and the lady was tragically killed in the crossfire. This was accidental, certainly not murder and was actually initiated by the thug boyfriend.

ItsPolitical

MSM made it sound like they were in bed reading the bible, after a long day of volunteering for charity or feeding the homeless. They were drug dealers.

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