Police Cruiser Set Ablaze in Suspected Portland Arson

A Portland Police cruiser that was parked and awaiting repairs was severely damaged after it caught fire Saturday night, and officers suspect foul play, Portland Police Bureau said.

The Daily Caller reports at around 8:20p.m., North Precinct officers and the local fire department responded to a report of a vehicle on fire in a parking lot.  The fire was quickly extinguished, according to a press release.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but arson is suspected. An Arson Investigator responded and is doing follow-up. photos released by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) show extensive damage to the interior of the vehicle, identified as a 2018 Portland Police Ford Interceptor Utility vehicle.

The vehicle had been involved in a minor crash and was towed there to the parking lot for repairs.

A motive for the attack has yet to be determined, PPB wrote, however days after Thanksgiving, Portland police continue to investigate vandalism in Lone Fir Cemetery, where a statue was toppled and spray-painted with the message: “eat colonizers.”

On Thanksgiving night vandals damaged at least 10 buildings throughout the city, according to a separate press release from the department. The phrases “Fuck Ur Thxgiving,” “Land Back” and “You Don’t give aF about Black PPL” were tagged in graffiti, and four arrests have since been made.

No arrests for the arson had been made as of Sunday, as police still work to identify potential suspects.

 

 

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met and married an American journalist and moved to D.C. from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A. in Graphics, Media, and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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