Rioters smashed up several businesses during another night of destruction in Portland, Oregon – with locals screaming at them to “go home.”
The protest began at The Fields Park, near the north end of the neighborhood, and continued through the Pearl District. Photos show an estimated 150 people gathered at the park about 9 p.m. Fliers for the protest called for “No borders! No nations! Abolish deportation.” According to local police, “Windows were broken at a grocery store, restaurant, bank, shipping business, and multiple coffee shops” during the two-hour rampage. Social media images show anti-ICE graffiti scrawled across numerous buildings, including the ICE building [Oregonian].
A security car was completely destroyed, according to one video on social media — while another clip showed the mob shining lights at diners as they banged against the windows. It was the worst violence in weeks in the city which saw almost constant destruction last year. Police said their response to the demonstration was constrained by multiple shootings happening across the city, limiting the officers available to address the protest. Videos taken by independent journalist Brendan Gutenschwager showed groups of armored police in vans as well as officers on bicycles on scene.
Many locals appeared to have had enough, with KOIN News reporter Jennifer Dowling catching one local ticking off a protester shouting “police go home” by yelling, “You go home!” Some businesses caught wind of the planned action and boarded up windows before the protest, while others were filmed doing so once the vandalism started [NY Post].
A 17-year-old juvenile was among two people arrested, police said — while suggesting there would have been more but “police response was constrained by multiple shooting incidents happening across the city.” The teen was released to his parents after being charged with interfering with a peace officer and third-degree escape, police said, with elaborating. Darell Kimberlin, 31, was also charged with first-degree criminal mischief, police said. It was at least the third time he has been arrested during the ongoing Portland protests, but he was issued a criminal citation and released due to current COVID-19 booking restrictions at the Multnomah County Detention Center [KOIN News].
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: OREGON LIVE