Portland Rittenhouse riots: Windows shattered, no arrests

Protest a reaction to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict

PORTLAND, Ore (KOIN) – A riot was declared when a group of about 200 protesters in downtown Portland began smashing windows, throwing objects at police and talking about burning down the Justice Center on Friday night.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office declared the riot as the gate to the Justice Center detention area was damaged, though Portland police initially tweeted that there was a riot. The sheriff’s office used PPB’s speaker to make the statement.

Around. At 20.50 there were about 200 protesters in the center of Portland. They blocked SW 2nd and Main and sang anti-police slogans. The police kept an eye on them. Cars could slowly get through.

But around 9 p.m., windows were shattered and doors to the city’s facilities were damaged. Police tweeted that objects were thrown with officers in the area.

Protesters began tearing down fences and building signs to use as street barricades, knocking on doors and shouting anti-police shouts. There were also garbage fires and other garbage set on fire in the streets.

Chris Liedle of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said the riots were declared after protesters began focusing on and “manipulating” a rolling gate at the Justice Center. As many as 20 protesters began moving down that ramp toward the prison entrance, putting large wooden branches in the way to prevent the gate from closing.

Deputies and protesters met each other on the ramp. The “hostile” crowd threw “urine, alcoholic beverages, water bottles and batteries,” Liedle said.

Objects continued to be thrown at the deputies and the protesters prevented the gate from closing. Deputies hurried with the protesters, had the gate closed and then re-entered when the gate was secured.

Liedle said no one was arrested.

By 11 p.m., the amount of 200 had broken up and was largely dispersed.

He said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can contact them by email: IAU@mcso.us

The protesters gathered after the acquittal of a teenager who killed two people and injured another during a protest in Wisconsin after a white officer shot a black man.

Hours after the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict was announced, Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell said officers were working on plans for Friday night and the weekend, adding that it was “reasonable to expect that there will be some kind of reaction” on the verdict. “

Rittenhouse was found not guilty of all charges, including first-degree premeditated murder and four others, in connection with the fatal shooting in August 2020.

Earlier on Friday, Lovell told reporters Portland police could call for help from other law enforcement agencies to respond to protests, including Oregon State Police.

Whether PPB would summon the National Guard “depends on what information we have and what we feel the threat level is,” Lovell added.

Editor’s Note: The story originally reported that the Portland Police Bureau declared a riot; police later clarified that it was the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office as the agency that declared a riot.

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