The arrests got here after some people within the crowd threw “multiple fire bombs” at officers, one of which set a group member on fireplace, police mentioned. Officers situated the injured individual, who was handled by Portland Fire and Rescue after which taken to a hospital in a non-public car, police mentioned.
The night’s occasions started as crowds gathered at Ventura Park and marched at about 9:00 p.m. native time towards East Portland Community Policing Center, based on an announcement launched by Portland Police. Police mentioned that many people within the crowd wore black clothes, carried giant shields and wearing protecting gear, together with helmets, fuel masks and physique armor.
“It was clear that the intent of the crowd was not peaceful protest,” police mentioned in an announcement.
Saturday night’s demonstrations didn’t embody any gun violence. Still, police mentioned the use of fireplace bombs introduced an “extreme danger to life safety,” and so they declared a riot and ordered people to go away the world.
Portland Police mentioned people within the crowd started throwing fireworks and mortars at officers, whereas others had been seen throwing rocks. One individual had a “wrist-rocket” sort of slingshot launching objects, police mentioned.
A sergeant was straight struck by a commercial-grade firework, which burned by his glove and injured his hand, police mentioned. Several officers and troopers had been struck by rocks within the head, arms, shoulders, and toes, police mentioned. Officers used tear fuel and different crowd management munitions, whereas additionally making focused arrests, police mentioned.
Some people within the crowd had been seen lighting dumpsters, rubbish cans, and wood pallets on fireplace within the streets.
In all, over 50 people had been arrested, police mentioned. At least two of these arrested had been sporting physique armor, one individual had a dagger and one other individual had a knife, police mentioned.