PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Protesters returned Thursday to the Portland Police Bureau East Precinct, one night after police declared a riot when they attempted to break into the building and set fires.

A group called PNW Youth Liberation Front took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon calling for ‘round 2.” Police responded saying that the call for “round 2” will not “go unanswered.” They went on to say that the “intent to engage in violent acts like we saw last night where attempts were made to burn an occupied building and people in vehicles tried to run over officers.”

A couple hundred people gathered outside of the East Precinct. The group started off at Floyd Light Park and marched across the street.

At 9:45 p.m., police made announcement saying they believe the crowd's intention was to vandalize or burn the building down.

Soon after the announcement was made, people in the group began to spray paint and dismantle the surveillance cameras on the front doors of the East Precinct. One person was successful in dismantling the camera, according to police.

Police said two elderly community members attempted to stop the group from vandalizing the building with paint and were then hit with the paint.

Due to the ongoing criminal activity and harassing of community members, police declared an unlawful assembly.

At 10 p.m., people in the crowd lit a trash can on fire outside the precinct. Police said an elderly community member came forward in an attempt to extinguish the fire. As she did, people from the group stood in her way.

As the group continued to keep the fire ignited, several others shined lasers at the security cameras and tagged the building with graffiti.

Portland police began dispersing the crowd with help from Oregon State Police.

As officers dispersed the crowd, they were hit with projectiles ranging from glass bottles to heavy rocks.

According to police, large rebar ties were thrown into the street to pop police vehicle tires. Several patrol vehicles ran over those ties, which caused damage to tires.

The group headed back towards the East Precinct and were given verbal warnings to leave the area. The crowd was dispersed to the west and east of the precinct.

Police said the crowd continued to walk back towards the precinct and were once again dispersed.

According to police, several people in the crowd with "press" affixed to their persons taunted officers. They shined lights and lasers in officer's eyes, as well as threw eggs and rocks at officers.

By 12 a.m., more than 100 people returned to the area of Southeast 106th and Southeast Washington. Police said an officer was severely hurt when a large rock was thrown at one of their shoulders.

A public announcement was then made which closed SE 106th from SE Washington to SE Cherry Blossom to all people, including members of the press.

Police said a majority of the crowd continued to violate the closure order. Those who remained in the area were once again dispersed by officers.

By 2:30 a.m., a majority of the crowd had left the area.

Police said 12 people were arrested overnight. The following people were booked into the Multnomah County Jail:

  • Maranie Staab, 32, of Level Green, PA, charged with interfering with a police officer and harassment.
  • Malia Treammell, 28, of Portland, charged with riot, third-degree escape, first-degree criminal mischief, and interfering with a police officer.
  • Ragina Gray, 30, of Portland, charged with interfering with a police officer, second-degree disorderly conducted and resist arrest.
  • Terrell Kitchens, 27, of Hillsboro, charged with interfering with a police officer and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Michael Rodgers, 41, of Louisville, KY, charged with interfering with a police officer and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Aaron Newson, 27, of Portland, charged with interfering with a police officer and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Gaije Duncan, 26, of Portland, charged with interfering with a police officer and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Jordan Saul, 23, of Portland, charged with interfering with a police officer and resist arrest.
  • Jesslyn Kreutz, 28, of Portland, charged with interfering with a police officer and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Chris Johnson, 21, of Gresham, charged with interfering with a police officer and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Travonn Trahan, 26, of Portland, charged with interfering with a police officer.
  • Roberto Echavarria, 31, of Portland, charged with interfering with a police officer and disorderly conduct. 

Police also said a 17-year-old boy was detained for interfering with a police officer. The charged was referred to the juvenile court and he was released to a parent.

According to police, Treammell used a device to puncture a tire on the sound truck. An officer told her she was under arrest and grabbed onto her backpack to affect the arrest, but Treammell was able to slip out of the backpack and flee on foot.

Police said officers chased her and she fell while trying to turn a corner. Treammell was arrested and officers located multiple rebar spike devices in the backpack.

Crowd control munitions were used during dispersal's, but police said they did not deploy tear gas.

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