PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Protests have continued in Portland for over a month, and police declared a riot in the city for the second time this week on Thursday night.

According to Portland police, about 200 people gathered near the Justice Center downtown.

Demonstrations against police brutality and racial injustice have been ongoing in the city since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, in Minneapolis.

Police said the group around the Justice Center blocked streets, chanted and spoke for several hours.

During the speeches, police said some demonstrators shot off commercial grade fireworks.

At one point, some demonstrators broke into the north side doors of the Justice Center on Southwest Main Street, according to police.

Shortly after, the glass doors of the Federal Courthouse building were broken.

At around 11:42 p.m., federal officers who were inside the courthouse came outside to “protect the integrity of their building,” Portland police said.

While the federal officers were outside, police said demonstrators began launching projectiles, including large rocks, full cans and bottle, at the officers with sling shots. Demonstrators also threw lit commercial grade fireworks, which landed inside the broken glass doors of the federal courthouse, according to police, and a fire was lit nearby on Southwest Main Street.

A PPB sound truck instructed the crowd to stop throwing projectiles and fireworks. Police said despite warnings they could be subject to use of force, demonstrators continued committing criminal acts.

The sound truck announced the declaration of a riot at 11:52 p.m. to “protect the life and safety of personnel both inside and outside of the Federal Court House.” Demonstrators were told to leave the area, but many remained.

Officers began dispersing the crowd, and police said the demonstrators “were very hostile and violent towards officers.” According to police, an open pocketknife was thrown at an officer, coming within inches from striking them.

During the dispersal attempt, police said demonstrators continued to throw large rocks and full cans, as well as shot off commercial grade fireworks towards officers. Police reported that several arrests were made. When demonstrators moved to Southwest 6th Avenue and Southwest Main Street, officers disengaged the crowd.

About an hour after the riot was first declared, demonstrators returned to the west side of the courthouse. Police said the crowd was again warned by the sound truck that the riot declaration was still in effect and they needed to leave the area.

Demonstrators then started launching mortars towards the federal courthouse and a fire erupted inside of the building where the glass doors had been broken, according to police.

Once again, officers tried to disperse the crowd and demonstrators continued to throw rocks, cans, and commercial grade fireworks and mortars towards officers. Police said, “because of the violent nature of the demonstrators while officers cleared the area, crowd control munitions were used and several arrests were made.”

At Southwest Main Street and Southwest Broadway Avenue, commercial grade fireworks were once again thrown at officers.

As the situation dissolved, several demonstrators went to the Lownsdale and Chapman Park, police said, and eventually dispersed over the next several hours.

Police said officers did not use tear gas in the overnight response.

A riot was also declared by police Tuesday night in north Portland. In total, 29 people were arrested in connection with that riot.

Police say in total eight people were arrested and booked on Thursday. Those individuals were as follows:

  • Isaiah Emanuel Jackson, 35-year-old, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II
  • Laurielle Yvette Aviles, 28-year-old, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II, Resisting Arrest, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer
  • Kristina Lynn Naranjorivera, 34-year-old, Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Sage Patterson, 20-year-old, Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Dane A Zielinski, 26-year-old, Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Gabriel Phillipa Sprague, 30-year-old, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II, Resisting Arrest
  • Patrick Mellon, 37-year-old, Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Alexander Michael Sundine, 26-year-old, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resist Arrest, Disorderly Conduct II

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ItsPolitical

Who knew Portland had the same mayor as SEATTLE?

Delta85

What a government we have that forces the normal person to cancel all of it's fourth of July activities but riots continue with No worries of public health safety! Shame on our leaders!

Jefferson

Trump campaign activists in disguise, stirring up the people to vote for law and order:)

Delta85

Missguided you are!

sagebrush

For the few people living in the Portland cesspool who have common sense. Forget about Wheeler or Brown. They don't care about law abiding citizens. It's up to you to stop these criminals from destroying your city. Use whatever measures are needed and get it done.

Eliza Cassan

Yet the ACLU is suing to keep the riots going

commentor

'Police: Riot declared outside Justice Center; ‘violent’ acts lasted for hours downtown' Be sure to thank Ted Wheeler for hamstringing the police by not allowing them to do their jobs, and Jo Ann Hardesty for her effort in defunding the police department.

Just curious

[thumbup]Too bad Wheeler and Hardesty are wimps..

lanquan

Mayor Wheeler et al

The violent conditions downtown have grown to a point where one wonders if the City of Portland will be saved?

It begs the question as to whether our elected "servants" have decided to let the city go to anarchy rather than bring about civility?

The Mayor and Commissioners have washed their hands of any responsibility to and support for our Police as evidenced by your silence.

New to the gang of silent "servants" is "johnny-come-lately" Tina Kotek, who couldn't hold back any longer and jumped into the fray with her own inflammatory comments as to the Police Bureau failings.

Headlines from Thursday night......

"Officers tried to disperse the crowd and demonstrators continued to throw rocks, cans, and commercial grade fireworks and mortars towards officers".

This looks like a walk in the park doesn't it? No threat to our Brave Men and Women in Blue?

When will one of you (any one) visit the front line during these protests? It does feel much better, safely ensconced at home,

no worries at all! All the while, the Men and Women of the Portland Police Bureau have their lives threatened

You all should be found guilty of dereliction of duty as you are all failing taxpayers.

You can pass a resolution saving the climate but you can't stop these riots? Get a grip on reality.

Merlin

Potland is such a classic place, the should rename the Timbers to the Riots!

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