Anti-Trump protest in Portland turns violent, upgraded to ‘riot’

Anti-Trump protest in Portland turns violent, upgraded to ‘riot’
Image: YouTube screen grab via The Oregonian

A third consecutive day of anti-Trump demonstrations turned violent Thursday night, as protesters began with a rush-hour march and chanting but eventually damaged cars at a dealership and rampaged through the Pearl District shattering business windows into Friday morning.

Police declared the demonstration a “riot” more than three hours after its 5 p.m. start, citing “extensive criminal and dangerous behavior.” The bureau said it warned the crowd about the designation, then tweeted that rioting is a class C felony. It later tweeted that 26 were arrested in the demonstration, which lasted into early Friday morning.

Officers in riot gear on numerous occasions deployed less-than-lethal munitions such as rubber bullets, which they fired toward people who ignored repeated orders over loudspeakers to disperse, apparently hitting some of them. Police report officers were “taking projectiles;” protesters were seen throwing objects toward officers, and some fired fireworks in their direction.

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