Politiet erklærede et tumult i centrum af Portland, Oregon, efter at en gruppe, der protesterede mod Kyle Rittenhouses frifindelse, havde beskadiget ejendom og kastet sten mod politiet fredag aften.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office declared the riot just after 1 p.m. 21 local time after 200 protesters began breaking windows and doors of city buildings and “throwing objects” at police. said officials.
The group also talked about burning down the city’s Justice Center, which houses the Portland Police Bureau’s headquarters, a county jail and some courtrooms, KOIN TV reported.
Police Chief Chuck Lovell said earlier in the night that it was “reasonable to expect that there will be some kind of reaction to the verdict.”
Video from the stage posted by local independent journalist Grace Morgan showed armed police officers retreating as protesters marched towards them. Other things videos displayed windows smashed at the Multnomah County Office building.
Portland Tribune reporter Zane Sparling shared photos on Twitter, showing buildings destroyed by protesters with posters that read “Kyle Rittenhouse is guilty” and graffiti that read “No, just a verdict” and “F – k Kyle.”
Police warned residents that lower-priority answering calls could be delayed:
“Significant resources have been redirected to address this riot, and it is affecting response times,” the department said in a tweet.
Authorities told the riots through the loudspeaker to spread or risk being exposed to pepper spray, assault weapons, citation or arrest.
The audience was largely dispersed by 11pm local time, according to KOIN TV.
It was not clear if anyone had been arrested late Friday.
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