PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Firebombs, mortars and rocks were thrown at officers during a riot that began Saturday night in Southeast Portland, according to police. 

Hundreds of people gathered at Ventura Park at around 7 p.m. on the 100th day of protests in the city of Portland.

Shorty after 9 p.m., police declared the gathering a riot when Molotov cocktails were thrown at officers.

Police ordered people to leave or be subject to the use of “use of crowd control munitions including, but not limited to, tear gas and impact weapons and the possibility of arrest.”

Officers said rioters marched toward the East Portland Community Policing Center, which is an active police station adjacent to townhomes and across the street from a school and community center, and has been the target of violence during past demonstrations.

Police said many in Saturday’s crowd were carrying large shields and dressed in protective gear that included helmets, gas masks and body armor.

“It was clear that the intent of the crowd was not peaceful protest,” according to the Portland Police Bureau.

Police said firebombs were first thrown at officers at around 9:15 p.m. One person subsequently caught on fire, according to police, and was treated by Portland Fire & Rescue medics before being taken to the hospital by private vehicle.

When the crowd was informed over loudspeaker that the demonstration had been declared a riot and they were told to leave the area immediately, police said fires were set in the streets. Items burned included dumpsters, garbage cans and wooden pallets.

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PPB stated that a sergeant was hit with a commercial grade firework, which burned through his glove and hand. Several officers and troopers were hit by rocks, and an Oregon State Police vehicle was damaged by rocks, including broken windows.

An unexploded mortar was recovered by police. 

PPB stated that, “In order to defend themselves from these assaults, officers used crowd control munitions, including tear gas. Officers made numerous targeted arrests.”

More than 50 people were arrested. Police said one had a dagger and another had a knife. Police released additional information, including names and charges of those arrested, at this link

Police said at 2 a.m. there were 150 calls for service holding in the city of Portland, as officers and OSP troopers had been pulled from regular patrol duties to assist with the riot.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler issued a statement Sunday saying, "Portlanders value peaceful demonstrations and the reform they seek. We need to end this long, hard summer, and come together. The community must say "enough is enough" and hold those who engage in criminal acts accountable. We cannot truly move on together and make the positive changes we want to see until violence is stopped."

On Sunday afternoon, firefighters said attempts were made to collect all the incendiary devices and acid bombs that were thrown during the riot, but some might have been missed, especially in the areas between Southeast 102nd and 122nd avenues and Southeast Stark Street to Market Street. Anyone who sees such items is advised to not touch them and call dispatchers at 503-823-3333. 

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(9) comments


Ok, This will sound harsh but until you liberal people get affected by the police not answering your 911 calls due to police to busy with the riots I don't see this ever changing. You liberals just stick your heads back down and ignore what's happening around you. Wake up it's affecting all of us! Until people start to voice their angry with the Portland officials they will just let this continue. It's our own fault...

Wake up Portlanders!

Frederick Fukov

Are you talking about voting again? Dude, Trump got 17% of the vote in Multnomah County. Oregon has 10% registered dems than cons. The next mayor in Portland is going to be more pro antifa than Ted. Face it..you're NEVER EVER going to have normal political representation in Portland..ever again.

Thinking Person

What happened to using fire hoses to disperse rioters. A question I’d like asked & answered. Oh and by-the-way I can’t brlieve the reporter wears a mask on camera away from people - why? Makes zero sense.


Hallelujah!!! That's what I've been saying needed to happen for-E-ver!!! If you don't get out of the way then you get what you get! No innocent bystanders allowed! If you are in the way you get what you get! No whining about it either!


"protests in the city of Portland against systemic racism and police brutality."

Just stop with this insanity. They are destroying Portland because the are have realized they've wasted their lives and can't stand seeing signs of success and non-degeneracy around them


Time to ban protests and not let this even start, especially when it turns into rioting 100% of the time. That is just plain anarchy. Yes protesting is a constitutional right but so is going to work and making a living. If they can ban us from work they can absolutely ban protests while we are on this covid state of emergency. Do your job brown!!!



I promise that would only make things worse.

pb sir

What? I clearly heard our Governor, Kate Brown, tell people earlier this week to "Stop the Violence"... I guess these either didn't catch the news conference or decided not to listen to her (much like the rest of the people in Oregon when she suggested that people stay close to home this weekend)... I could swear that spineless Ted also told everyone to "Stop the Violence"... they're not listening to you, either, Ted...

Frederick Fukov

No no Peanut Butter..she said "Stop the violins." Evidently, she doesn't care for stringed instruments.

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