Police union office set on fire as Portland protest descends into riot (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
A group of demonstrators targeted the Portland Police Association office on Saturday night, barricading a nearby street and lighting dumpsters on fire.
Several videos of the incident show protesters outside the breached door of the building.
PPA on fire. Riot declared. Sirens coming from the west. Crowd moving East. Hearing some kind of shots. pic.twitter.com/mzn594pPBa— Tuck Woodstock (@tuckwoodstock) July 19, 2020
Another footage shows the office’s interior glowing orange from the blaze inside.
In a Twitter update, the Portland Police Bureau said that officers had extinguished the blaze and “restored order to the neighborhood.” Law enforcement declared the anarchic situation a riot and used tear gas to disperse the crowd that had gathered around the building.
Portland PD is bull rushing rioters on the street outside the PPA building. pic.twitter.com/1L1x43R7yS— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 19, 2020
Elsewhere in the city, protesters dismantled fences and barriers used to protect Portland’s federal courthouse. The building has become the main flashpoint between law enforcement and demonstrators.
After tearing down the fence set up by federal authorities outside the Portland federal courthouse, antifa pile up barricades & try to break apart the wooden barrier protecting the glass windows. Video: @ShelbyTalcott. pic.twitter.com/qykkBn5lIA— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 19, 2020
Federal agents charged with guarding the site have come under scrutiny, after being accused of seizing and detaining protesters without probable cause.
Meanwhile, Oregon’s attorney general has sued the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies in order to end the alleged practice, while Portland’s mayor has banned federal police from sharing headquarters with city police.
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