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.
BATTLE for SEATTLE: President Trump Tells Local Officials ‘Take Back Your City, OR I WILL’
President Trump vowed to restore law and order in Seattle Thursday after protesters stormed city hall, demanded the mayor’s resignation, and created a six-block ‘Autonomous Zone’ in the heart of the city.
“Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stooped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!” posted Trump on Twitter.
From Fox News:
“We’ve heard, anecdotally, reports of citizens and businesses being asked to pay a fee to operate within this area. This is the crime of extortion. If anyone has been subjected to this, we need them to call 911,” Assistant Chief of Police Deanna Nollette said on Wednesday.
Protesters calling to defund the police and make sweeping reforms to law enforcement tactics have declared a six-block region — spanning 13th Avenue past 11th Avenue, near Cal Anderson Park, and from East Olive Street to East Pike Street — the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ).
The region encompasses the SPD’s East Precinct, which was abandoned by cops on Monday following days of violent clashes between law enforcement and protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death, as well as parts of Capitol Hill.
Read the full report here.
CHAOS IN SEATTLE: Governor Says Zone ‘Peaceful,’ Police Chief Reports ‘Rapes, Robberies, Violent Acts’
Washington Governor Jay Inslee doubled-down on his support for the ‘Capital Hill Autonomous Zone’ -better known as CHAZ- Thursday night; saying the area is “peaceful” and “fundamentally American.”
“I spoke with @MayorJenny and her team about the situation on Capitol Hill. Although unpermitted, and we should remember we are still in a pandemic, the area is largely peaceful. Peaceful protests are fundamentally American, and I am hopeful there will be a peaceful resolution,” posted Inslee on social media.
“This is a challenging time. Many in our state are expressing heartfelt outrage at the very real racial injustices in our society. We have work to do now and in the future to both advance equity and protect the gains we’ve made,” he added.
I spoke with @MayorJenny and her team about the situation on Capitol Hill. Although unpermitted, and we should remember we are still in a pandemic, the area is largely peaceful. Peaceful protests are fundamentally American, and I am hopeful there will be a peaceful resolution.
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) June 11, 2020
Seattle Police Chief says that “rapes, robberies and all sorts of violent acts have been occurring” in the autonomous zone.pic.twitter.com/fKiCgWqj30
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 12, 2020
“Rapes, robberies, and all sorts of violent acts have been occurring in the area, and we’re not able to get to it. It is not a right for us not to be able to deploy our officers here,” said the Seattle Police Chief.