Portland Mayor Decries Violent Protesters as Pres. Trump's Props

Portland Mayor Decries Violent Protesters as Pres. Trump's Props

A fire inside a police union building led authorities in Portland, Oregon, to declare a riot and force protesters away from the offices as violent demonstrations continue in the city that had hoped for calm after federal agents withdrew more than a week ago.

Two elderly people who tried to stop vandalism at the station were hit with paint, police said in their statement, and media images showed another person trying to prevent the protesters from starting a fire at the station. I can not and I will not tolerate that. "This is not advocacy to advance reforms".

"Last night's violence by rioters at our east precinct was incomprehensible".

On Thursday, protesters targeted a Portland Police Bureau precinct, which is where the confrontations between the elderly women and protesters took place, police said. Oregon State Police worked with Portland officers to clear the protesters.

Rioters are coordinating and planning the attacks ahead of time, according to officials.

According to President Trump, the violent riots in Portland are part of the left's nationwide agenda in action. As people marched, leaders shouted, "Whose lives matter?" The building is connected to townhomes, putting others at risk if it goes up in flames. Next, they reportedly placed the garbage can against the front of the police precinct with personnel inside, Law Officer reported.

Lt. Damon Simmons with Portland Fire & Rescue said rioters were "using fire as a weapon", which could prove deadly. Another person was arrested for shining a laser at PPB's air unit around midnight. "It was really unnerving", he said.

Thursday night's protest was in a residential neighbourhood 6 miles (over 9 kilometres) away from the federal courthouse.

The woman with a walker was attempting to extinguish a small fire that was lit inside a garbage can which was later pushed against the front of the building.

A group of demonstrators broke into the building, set the fire and were adding to it when officers made the riot declaration just after 11:30 p.m., police said.

Police attempted to disperse the crowd, and were attacked with glass bottles and lasers. Rioters on the other side of the barricade were hurling objects at officers.

Several police cars ran over large rebar ties that were thrown into the street to pop their tires. They were then harassed by the angry mob.

Mayor Ted Wheeler is expected to address the situation this week, though it's unclear how.

Wheeler has opposed Trump, especially when the president sent federal officers to Portland to protect the federal courthouse in the city.

Police arrested 24 people during demonstrations overnight Friday after they said people defied orders to disperse and threw rocks, frozen or hard-boiled eggs and commercial-grade fireworks at officers.

Portland police had declared an unlawful assembly Friday night at the Penumbra Kelly public safety building, ordering everyone in the area to leave.

The city will work with prosecutors and the courts to try to make sure people committing crimes are convicted, Wheeler said.

"Never have I seen it before where the federal government has imposed its will on the state and says, "We're going to do this mission whether you want us here or not, '" Rosenzweig told CBS News" David Martin.

"We're not leaving until they've secured their city", Trump tweeted last week.

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