Portland PD declares riot as crowd protests Daunte Wright OIS
Police said the crowd broke windows, threw projectiles and tried to enter a police office building
By The Oregonian
PORTLAND, Ore. — Officers declared a riot Monday night, after at least 200 protesters gathered in Southeast Portland to protest the police killing of a Black man in Minnesota.
Around 10:30 p.m., police said the crowd had broken windows, thrown projectiles and tried to enter the Penumbra Kelly Building, and threatened anyone who didn’t leave the area with arrest.
Reporters at the scene said a crowd of at least 200 poured into the area in front of the building, which houses offices for multiple law enforcement agencies, including Portland police and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. They broke windows and tore down light fixtures, and officers responded by pushing them into the street. They also shot munitions and deployed flash bang grenades before declaring an unlawful assembly, according to those at the scene.
Demonstrators were protesting the killing of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old who was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn Center, near Minneapolis. Wright was shot by Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the city’s police force and the president of the police union. Police officials say Potter “accidentally” shot Wright, and was trying to Taser him, according to NPR.
Around 10:45 p.m., shortly after declaring a riot, police bull rushed protesters, pushing them to the ground and macing them, according to reporters at the scene.
At about 11 p.m., Portland police officers said they had pushed the crowd toward Laurelhurst Park and had “disengaged,” but were still in the area to monitor protesters.
About an hour before the march began Portland, a group gathered at Salmon Street Springs on the waterfront to listen to several speakers.
A group gathered at Laurelhurst Park around 8:30 p.m. for a second event and marched to the Penumbra Kelly Building.
Some protesters lit a dumpster on fire.
Around 9 p.m., Portland police gave warnings over the loudspeaker and fired rubber bullets at the crowd, according to photos from reporters at the scene.
At 9:50 p.m., reporters at the scene said Portland police deployed flash bang grenades in response to protesters breaking windows at the building.
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Around the same time on the other side of town, police said a group of people cut through a chain link fence at a police building in the 7200 block of North Philadelphia Avenue. Several police vehicles were vandalized before the group fled the area, officials said, and no arrests were made.