• Fri. Nov 27th, 2020

14 arrested in violent Portland clashes | TheHill – The Hill

Fourteen people were arrested after violent clashes with law enforcement in Portland, Ore., as protests continued another weekend.

Police made arrests after a series of confrontations between demonstrators and law enforcement Saturday night into early Sunday, including protesters throwing rocks, bottles and eggs at officers. The Portland Police Bureau declared the gathering a riot shortly before midnight “due to the life safety danger,” according to a release.

About 250 people marched with many holding shields and wearing helmets, armor, gas masks and all black at about 9:15 p.m. marched toward the Kelly Building, which protesters have targeted over the past few months. After conflicting with police, this crowd dispersed.

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But at 10:45 p.m. a gathering formed in front of the Kelly Building, prompting police to warn that anybody on the property or entering the building would be subject to citation, arrest and/or crowd control agents. 

Police said “almost immediately” after protesters were warned to stay peaceful eggs and paintballs landed near the officers, prompting the declaration of an unlawful assembly at 11:41 p.m. Officers attempted to push the crowd back as objects were hurled at them including a lieutenant who was hit in the back of the head with a glass bottle and was protected by his helmet.

After being pushed back, several dozen went back to the Kelly Building, where officers issued another warning before making arrests at 12:35 a.m.

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Police arrested 14 people aged between 23 and 46 for a variety of charges, including assaulting a public safety officer, interfering with a peace officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Those arrested were taken to Multnomah County Detention Center, according to a press release. 

During the designated riot, between 120 and 140 calls were holding in the City of Portland to report incidents like shots fired, assaults, alarms, threats and suspicious circumstances.

Portland police have declared at least 18 riots since May when the protests began after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody, according to Reuters. Portland has continued protesting since his death in an outcry for racial justice.

The Portland protests attracted the attention of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwo ‘The Apprentice’ producers helping with Republican National Convention About 70,000 lives could be saved in near future if people wear masks: researchers Trump issues disaster declaration for California as wildfires rage MORE, who last month deployed federal authorities to quell the demonstrations, which he blamed on local Democratic leaders.