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Police declare riot in Portland after union headquarters briefly set on fire

Above All That Drama
Above All That Drama
20 Jul 2020

A protest in North Portland was declared a riot after police say protesters broke into the bureau's union headquarters building and set it on fire. The fire was put out minutes later, police said.

The fire at the Portland Police Association building, on North Lombard Street, happened around 10:50 p.m. Police said demonstrators also moved dumpsters onto the street and lit them on fire. Social media reports show police rushed protesters to clear out the crowd.

The demonstration was one of two gatherings Saturday night involving hundreds of people calling for police reform and an end to systemic racism. The other was outside the Multnomah County Justice Center in downtown Portland. The area has been the site of many clashes between protesters and law enforcement over the past seven weeks.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Oregon on Saturday tweeted a photo showing new fencing around the Justice Center. The agency said the purpose of the fence was to de-escalate tension between protesters and federal law enforcement officers who currently occupy the city.

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