PORTLAND, OR (KPTV)- Protests remained peaceful in Portland on Friday for the second night since federal officers left the area.
The crowd was noticeably smaller than previous nights as people gathered to listen to speeches outside the Justice Center around 9:00 p.m. Police say vehicle traffic was blocked by people standing in the southwest 3rd Avenue traffic lane.
The speeches ended at about 10:30 p.m. and majority of the crowd moved to gather around the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Federal Courthouse. By this time the crowd had grown to over 1,000 people.
Some people lit fires, climbed the fence outside of the federal courthouse, threw objects and chanted, police said. Through the rest of the evening and into the next morning the crowd was subdued.
At about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, police say people started bonfire in the middle of southwest 3rd Avenue in front of the federal courthouse. People brought plywood and other flammable material to keep it going.
Over the next hour, Portland police said people dwindled to a few dozen.
There was no police interaction with the crowd, according to Portland police.
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