Portland, Oregon (Associated Press)-Portland law enforcement announced a riot on Friday night. About 200 demonstrators protested the acquittal of a teenager who killed two people and injured another in Wisconsin. .
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said protesters broke windows, threw objects at police, and talked about burning down a local government building in downtown Portland. By about 11 o’clock in the evening, the crowd had dispersed. KOIN TV report.
The Portland Police Department stated that several people were summoned but only one was arrested for another incident.
Protesters gathered after the acquittal of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse killed two people and injured one in a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin last year.
On Saturday, several other U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, staged protests against the verdict.
On Saturday afternoon, about 1,000 people marched in downtown Chicago, organized by the Chicago Black Life Issues Organization and other local militant groups.according to Chicago Tribune, The protesters held up signs that read “Stop white supremacy” and “We are taking to the streets to protest against this racist unjust system.” On them were photos of Rittenhouse carrying weapons.
According to the Tribune, Tanya Watkins, executive director of Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, spoke at a rally in Federation Square before the parade.
“Although I am not surprised by yesterday’s judgment, I am tired. I am disappointed. I am angry. … I have lost all confidence in this judicial system,” said Black Watkins.
In North Carolina, dozens of people gathered near the state capitol on Saturday to protest the verdict. Raleigh News and Observer ReportThe speaker led a crowd of about 75 people chanting “No justice, no peace!” and “Abolish the police!” Police officers on motorcycles accompanied the protesters and blocked traffic for them as they marched through bars and restaurants along the street. .
After George Floyd was murdered by police in Minneapolis last year, there were continuous and often violent protests in Portland. Some activists complained that the police response was too harsh. Shortly after Rittenhouse’s verdict, Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said that officers were making plans for Friday nights and weekends.
By around 8:50 in the evening, about 200 protesters gathered in downtown Portland and blocked the streets. By 9 pm, the windows were broken and the doors of city facilities were damaged.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office designated the incident as a riot and said at a press conference on Saturday that some demonstrators threw urine, water bottles and batteries at the delegates.