The anniversary of George Floyd’s murder has been marked with another riot in Portland, Oregon, where militant protesters were destroying local businesses and trying to burn down the city’s Justice Center, Portland police says as quoted by New York Post.
According to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), over 200 rioters trashed the city soon after the peaceful march ended late Tuesday with some of them trying to burn down the Multnomah County Justice Center pushing flaming dumpsters against the building. At least two people also tried to open the doors and get inside.
The PPB says people chanted to burn the building down, threw frozen water bottles, glass bottles, eggs and metal spikes at officers and fired mortar-style fireworks at officers, using umbrellas to hide their illegal activities.
PPB said the mob also formed rows and left metal spikes in the street to stop firefighters from getting in to tackle the blazes, before moving to City Hall, where windows were smashed.
The protests was formally declared a riot late that night because of the violent and tumultuous conduct of the crowd, who smashed up several local businesses, including a jewelry store, a Starbucks, a credit union and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, PPB said, adding that at least five people were arrested on charges including criminal mischief and riot.