[Ed. – This is context for the reports of “protesters” being detained by federal officers at the nearby federal courthouse building. The feds are also empowered to use smoke grenades and tear gas for crowd control, whereas the Portland police are under a mayor’s order not to.]
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets surrounding a Portland, Ore., police precinct on Thursday night, blocking traffic and chanting about burning it down, according to social media and a local report.
Local FOX affiliate KPTV reported the group made its way to the front of Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct in central Portland early Thursday night, where they crowded the street as they chanted and played music. …
Several dozen people also gathered near the federal courthouse, news outlets reported and the crowd grew as the night progressed, according to The Oregonian.