Rioters attacked the Portland, Oregon Police Department’s East Precinct on Wednesday night and further attempted to run over police with a truck, Fox News reported.
A group of protesters estimating to be a few hundred people blocked traffic, shined green lasers at police officers, attempted to tear down protective boarding on the building, and worked to disable surveillance cameras, while others spray painted the cameras.
— Drew Marine (@DrewCMarine) August 6, 2020
“Several people in the group began to ram a large 2 by 4 piece of wood into the front glass doors in an effort to shatter them,” the Portland Police Department said in a statement according to a police report obtained by the Daily Wire. “Other members of the group slammed different heavy large objects into the glass doors as well. The objects included large rocks.”
“By 9:50 p.m., those who had been destructing the East Precinct glass doors successfully cracked them, causing significant damage,” the department continued in the stattement. “Since serious ongoing criminal behavior continued, a riot was declared at 9:56 p.m. At 10 p.m., the front doors of East Precinct were barricaded and a fire was started using plywood and an accelerant.”
When officers moved to disperse the rioters, they “were hit with projectiles and commercial-grade fireworks,” the department said. “Because of life safety issues created by members in the group, CS gas and crowd control munitions were used. While dispersing efforts continued, a truck associated with the group attempted to run over several officers.”
Journalist Andy Ngo, tweeted out videos of the attacks on the police station.
“For the first time since the riots began in Portland, antifa attacked the east precinct, located far on the east side of the city,” Ngo wrote. “Rioters immediately began disabling security cameras around the building.”
For the first time since the riots began in Portland, antifa attacked the east precinct, located far on the east side of the city. Rioters immediately began disabling security cameras around the building. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/s6hoPPwAs1
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 6, 2020
Ngo also included video of the group starting a fire on the front door of the East Precinct. “They tore off the barricade and placed tinder around the fire,” Ngo tweeted. “They’re trying to burn down the building.”
#Antifa have started a fire on the front door of the Portland Police east precinct. They tore off the barricade and placed tinder around the fire. They’re trying to burn down the building. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/2UN7o21dZy
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 6, 2020
The police declared a riot and made at least eight arrests from the incidents.
A riot has been declared outside East Precinct. You are ordered to disperse to the north immediately.
Failure to comply with this order may subject you to citation or arrest, and may subject you to the use of crowd control agents and/or impact weapons.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) August 6, 2020
Portland City Council passed a budget in late June cutting at least $15 million from the police bureau, according to local news outlets, following weeks of protesters’ cries to “defund the police.” The budget for the upcoming fiscal year also includes $4.8 million in funding for Portland Street Response, a program proposed as an alternative to policing.
However, that seems a little hard to justify as protesters are harassing and attacking the elderly in suburbs.
Acting DHS chief Chad Wolf stated during a hearing by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, that a “full, augmented federal force” remains in Portland, on standby, amid protests.
Police Chief Chuck Lovell, who is Black, stated he was concerned that the national attention paid to the ongoing protests and the resources needed to police them were hurting the “beautiful, vibrant city” of Portland. He added, “this is not forwarding the goals of things that are going to lead to better outcomes for people of color,” said Lovell, who wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times this week that expressed the same sentiments. “This movement is very powerful and I feel like the violence has taken away from it in a really kind of concerning way.”
Residents have protested in Portland for at least 70 consecutive days since George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis. Demonstrations have increasingly got more and more violent with focus put on Courthouses and police stations.