Protesters in Portland, Oregon erected barriers, attacked police offices, and declared a new ‘Autonomous Zone’ after nearly six-straight weeks of non-stop rioting.
“Portland protesters early Wednesday began to set up tents in the park near the federal courthouse and have barricaded streets to create their own autonomous zone, likened to the since disbanded Capitol Hill Occupied Protest in Seattle,” reports Fox News.
“Demonstrators began erecting tents in downtown Portland’s Lownsdale Square, across the street from the federal Pioneer Courthouse, one of the federal properties Homeland Security sought to protect by bringing federal officers into the city two weeks ago,” adds Fox.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 15, 2020
“At 1:05 a.m., in an organized effort, the demonstrators left the barricades they had set up and walked to Central Precinct on Southwest 2nd Avenue in an attempt to disrupt officers as they walked in from the end of their shift,” writes the Portland Police Department.
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SEND SOMEONE: Portland Police Dept Tells Rioters to ‘Remove the Items Now’ on TWITTER at 2:14AM
The Portland Police Department faced a growing backlash Wednesday after they demanded rioters “remove the items now” on social media instead of dispatching officers to handle the dangerous situation.
“Some demonstrators have locked the doors from the outside of the Justice Center and are lighting fires on 2nd Avenue. They are also tampering with the roll up doors of the Justice Center on 2nd Avenue. This is a life safety issue. Remove the items now!” posted the Department at 2:14AM.
Some demonstrators have locked the doors from the outside of the Justice Center and are lighting fires on 2nd Avenue. They are also tampering with the roll up doors of the Justice Center on 2nd Avenue. This is a life safety issue. Remove the items now!
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) June 17, 2020
The Portland Police Department urged residents to flee sections of the city late Monday night; telling people “fires have been lit, a store was looted, leave the area, it is not safe.”
“A group continues to stay downtown in the streets. One officer was injured after being hit in the head with a large rock. Ofc. transported to hospital. Fires have been lit. A store was looted. Arrests are being made. Leave the area, it is not safe,” posted the Department on social media.
The crowd is now in the streets near the Pearl District. Traffic may be impacted in the area.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) June 16, 2020
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) June 13, 2020
“The crowd is now in the streets near the Pearl District. Traffic may be impacted in the area,” adds the Portland Police.
BYE GEORGE: Portland Protesters Topple Statue of Washington, Cover with ‘F*** Cops’ Graffiti
Anti-police protesters in Portland, Oregon toppled a statue of George Washington overnight Thursday just days after removing a memorial to Thomas Jefferson; raising more questions over safety and security across the city.
Statue of George Washington felled in Portland. pic.twitter.com/D05otcwHpX
— Tim Dickinson (@7im) June 19, 2020
Protesters in Portland toppled a memorial honoring Founding Father and author of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson; toppling the monument and smashing the statue with a hammer as onlookers cheered.
“Thomas Jefferson Statue toppled in Portland,” posted the Daily Caller on social media.
Thomas Jefferson Statue toppled over in Portland
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 15, 2020
Seattle’s embattled Police Chief had an “epiphany” over the weekend after attending George Floyd protests; saying “policing will never be the same.”
“I was looking at the 60,000 people that were there, signs saying, you know, defund the police, stop police brutality, you know, no qualified immunity. And there were thousands of people carrying those particular signs,” said Chief Carmen Best.
“And I just realized it was a moment, an epiphany, that this is a pivotal moment in history. We are going to move in a different direction and policing will never be the same as it was before,” she added.
“We need to re-imagine and re-figure out how we’re going to move forward as a country and as an organization to make things better for everybody,” she said during the interview with “Face the Nation.”
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