Portland Police arrested 26 protestors who were gathered outside the bureau’s North Precinct and blocked streets late Saturday night, KOIN reports.
Police warned protesters that they would be “subject to citation, arrest or the use of crowd control agents, including and not limited to tear gas and impact weapons” if they were to enter the closed North Precinct property. Police later clarified ” the term ‘tear gas’ is required by state law to be included in such warnings” even though they are forbidden from using it by an order of Mayor of Portland Ted Wheeler.
The crowd of protesters, estimated to be about 75 people, were dressed in black. ” Virtually all of them wore armor, helmets, masks, and/or carried shields and umbrellas,” police said early Sunday.
The rioters caused property damage and destruction.
Multiple statues were spray-painted and toppled in the park blocks. The windows and glass doors to the Oregon Historical Society were smashed out.
Police quickly cleared the roads and then made targeted arrests, they said. The 26 people are from the Portland metro area and all are charged with interfering with a police officer and disorderly conduct. A few also face a charge of resisting arrest.