The arrests got here after some individuals within the crowd threw “a number of fireplace bombs” at officers, one among which set a group member on fireplace, police stated. Officers situated the injured individual, who was handled by Portland Hearth and Rescue after which taken to a hospital in a personal automobile, police stated.
The night time’s occasions started as crowds gathered at Ventura Park and marched at about 9 p.m. native time towards East Portland Neighborhood Policing Heart, in keeping with a press release launched by Portland Police. Police stated that many individuals within the crowd wore black clothes, carried giant shields and wearing protecting gear, together with helmets, fuel masks and physique armor.
“It was clear that the intent of the gang was not peaceable protest,” police stated in a press release.
Saturday night time’s demonstrations didn’t embrace any gun violence. Nonetheless, police stated using fireplace bombs offered an “excessive hazard to life security,” they usually declared a riot and ordered individuals to depart the realm.
Portland Police stated people within the crowd started throwing fireworks and mortars at officers, whereas others have been seen throwing rocks. One individual had a “wrist-rocket” sort of slingshot launching objects, police stated.
A sergeant was instantly struck by a commercial-grade firework, which burned via his glove and injured his hand, police stated. A number of officers and troopers have been struck by rocks within the head, arms, shoulders, and ft, police stated. Officers used tear fuel and different crowd management munitions, whereas additionally making focused arrests, police stated.
Some individuals within the crowd have been seen lighting dumpsters, rubbish cans, and wood pallets on fireplace within the streets.
In all, over 50 individuals have been arrested, police stated. A minimum of two of these arrested have been sporting physique armor, one individual had a dagger and one other individual had a knife, police stated.