Portland in Flames AGAIN: BLM rioters throw frozen bottles at police, launch fireworks and torch dumpsters as the city falls into chaos on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death
- Rioters threw projectiles at cops, launched fireworks and set fire to dumpsters in Portland as George Floyd’s memorial plunged into chaos
- About 200 people gathered outside the city’s justice center, shouting, ‘Burn it down’
- Some pelted frozen water bottles and eggs at police wearing heavy riot gear before marching on town hall where they smashed windows
Portland police declared a riot last night as Black Lives Matter protests on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death fell into chaos.
Rioters threw projectiles at officers, launched fireworks and set fire to dumpsters in the city of Oregon, which was shaken by race riots last summer.
About 200 people, most dressed in black, gathered outside the Multnomah County Justice Center in Portland as fires lit, shouting, “Burn it down.”
Some pelted frozen water bottles and eggs at police wearing heavy riot gear before marching into town hall where they smashed windows.
A dumpster burns outside Portland’s Multnomah County Justice Center after BLM rioters set it on fire last night
Rioters also targeted local businesses, smashing the windows of a Starbucks (pictured), a jewelry store, a credit union and a steakhouse.
Rioters also targeted local businesses, smashing the windows of a Starbucks, a jewelry store, a credit union and a steakhouse.
They knocked down fences and threw spikes in the street that had to be cleared by the police so that fire trucks could enter the area.
Some of the crowd wore helmets and gas masks, suggesting they were prepared for violence.
As they progressed through Southwest 5th Avenue, breaking windows and damaging property, the group began to disperse.
The number of people in the crowd gradually diminished with the outbreak of fighting among the protesters and the lighting of a single garbage can.
“People in the crowd were overheard that the evening was a success,” police said.
Five people were arrested and imprisoned in prison on various charges, including criminal mischief, arson and riot.
An unlawful meeting had been declared around 9:30 p.m. after a day of gloomy marches in honor of George Floyd, who was murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis a year ago.
The individuals have been warned that if they do so, they will be arrested and use violence. This is now an illegal meeting, ” police said in a tweet.
They later added, “Dumpster Fire at the Justice Center near SW 3rd and Main set by people in the crowd.”
Previously, a separate peaceful demonstration had taken place on the Burnside Bridge leading to Revolution Hall in southeast Portland.
Tuesday was the anniversary of Floyd’s death after a white police officer knelt on his neck for ten minutes. The video sparked a worldwide protest movement.
Derek Chauvin, the white officer in the video, was found guilty of murder last month.
President Joe Biden welcomed the Floyd family to the White House yesterday to discuss police reform.