PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Portland Police say a group of demonstrators marched to the Portland Police Association building Saturday night, broke in the front doors and started a fire inside.

Crowds of people gathered throughout Portland for various demonstrations Saturday evening. One group began at Peninsula Park and walked to the Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct.

At about 8:35 p.m., police say hundreds gathered on the south side of the precinct in a parking lot. Some tampered with gates, broke patrol vehicle windows, and vandalized patrol vehicles, according to police. Police say members of the crowd taunted officers as they were arriving to work.

Police say people in vehicles and bikes had blocked streets around the precinct. At about 9:27 p.m., police gave public address announcements telling people to leave to the west.

At about 10:31 p.m., the crowd walked to the area of North Lombard Street and North Campbell Avenue, where the Portland Police Association offices are located.

Police say people began to break in the front doors of the PPA office, while others blocked North Lombard Street with Dumpsters, which they set on fire.

Police say many in the crowd wore helmets and carried clubs and shields.

At about 10:45 p.m., police say people broke into the PPA offices and within moments lit a fire inside.

As officers arrived, many began to flee to the east. Police say they declared a riot “due to the violent conduct of the large group creating a grave risk of public alarm.”

Officers then moved the crowd east. As the crowd was dispersed, officers made several arrests and officers were able to put out the fire. Portland Police say they did not use any CS gas.

Police say the crowd then scattered into the neighborhood, and a large number of people regrouped near North Interstate Avenue and North Lombard Street. Officers moved the crowd to the south on North Interstate Avenue. Police say people in the crowd threw rocks, gopher gassers and paint-filled balloons at officers. Some officers were injured.

By about 11:30 p.m., police say the crowd was broken up into small groups and order was restored.

Police say the following people were arrested and booked into jail:

  • 27-year-old Phillis Hand: disorderly conduct II, interfering with a police officer, riot, assault public safety officer
  • 29-year-old Benjamin Browne: riot, attempt assault public safety officer, resist arrest, interfering with a police officer, disorderly conduct II
  • 39-year-old Adam Bidema: interfering with a police officer, disorderly conduct II
  • 30-year-old Dexter Pearce: interfering with a police officer

Meanwhile, another large crowd had gathered downtown near the Justice Center and Federal Courthouse. Police say people tore down fences around Chapman Square Park and Lownsdale Square Park. The fences had been put up recently when the parks were closed for repairs.

Police say people also removed fencing around the Federal Courthouse and used it barricade doors there. Others moved fencing in front of the west and north doors to the Justice Center.

At some point, federal officers came out to address the crowd. Portland Police officers were working in north Portland at the time.

People lit a bonfire in the ruins of the elk statue base and lit other small garbage can or street fires. Police say at times people gathered on the east side of the Justice Center, blocking the gate to the jail and banging on the lobby doors.

The crowd remained downtown in the area of Chapman Square and Lownsdale Square for several more hours.

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NWAmerican

STOP messing around with Portland's majority - bring in the FEDS NOW!

William R

I have not been TO Portland since ICU Skate stopped skate nights at the Memorial Coliseum, on thru,, Lived their '54 to '64 then yeah Sherwood

Eliza Cassan

Do the mayor and Hardesy not see this? They claim the police and feds attack peaceful protesters for zero reason. The political slant to their stance is beyond sick.

commentor

@rustynutt 'Please, LEO, disobey the mayor's and governor's mandates, shot to disable' No, not shoot to disable, shoot to kill.

commentor

'Police declare riot in N. Portland after demonstrators start fire inside Portland Police union building' Let's see. The police have tried just about everything on these punks and they still don't get the hint. Maybe the time has come to use ultimate force - shooting to kill. This should get their attention.

PDX2MtHood

Just another night for the scum of Portland to trash our city.

jomson

Violent rioters are not "demonstrators". Every single one of them should be in jail, including the marxist mayor and city council for aiding and abetting this.

WebFootSTi

These are the democrat's peacfull rioters....

rustynutt

Please, LEO, disobey the mayor's and governor's mandates, shot to disable. You poor souls are battling the same rioters night after night.

Steering rioters to pre coordinated zones capable of encompassing en masse, controlling attempted escape nodes using weaponized tactics to subdue and restrain rioters to put an end to the destruction and violence.

The rest of the world is laughing at Portland's politicians, take advantage of this and bring to light the importance of effective law enforcement.

With CBP in the area, well document an agreement to utilize the departments large vehicle transports, relocating rioters into Federal jurisdiction. Use stun techniques on those resisting arrest. Process and well document detainees before release. Those without recognized identification to be held until positive ID, and background checks can be initiated and confirmed.

This is to include so called "private" videographers of news.

Work, within the current uncharted framework, to disrupt cell and wireless service in those containment zones.

Many, if not most, citizens on the sidelines don't follow or even have interest of the methods used to subdue and temporarily confine those participating in illegal riots, with possibly the only interest being at some point they are justly tried (and hopefully convicted).

The rioters want communism, give them a hard core fast of what it's like.

The police are well within the legal avenue to protect life, limb, and property during this melee.

ChicagoMan7

What country are we living in? Thanks demoRATS. Thanks for destroying our country.

ORChick

This is happening because the mayor of Portland and the governor of Oregon are allowing it. They are pandering to those who use violence and vandalism to promote hatred. And they're ok with it. I'm not. As tax payers we need to oust those two and get people in there who fight for the people who pay them!

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