The Crack Down Has Begun… Better Late Than Never, I Guess
Nine people were arrested Saturday in Portland, Oregon, during a riot outside the North Precinct Community Policing Center.
The event that began Friday night resulted in heavy damage to police cars and injuries to officers, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) said in a news release:
A crowd of 150-200 people gathered at Irving Park at 707 Northeast Fremont Street and began marching around 9:30p.m., blocking traffic. In the march, many individuals wore protective gear including helmets, eye protection, gas masks, and body armor. Some carried homemade wooden shields.
Officers placed unoccupied police vehicles parked on Northeast Emerson Street on the southwest side of the precinct and yellow police line tape across the road. That was done with the intention of keeping the crowd away from the building. In past protests there have been attempts to commit arson and burn the occupied building.
Journalist Andy Ngô tweeted video footage Saturday of the crowd outside the north precinct: