Sunday, 1 November 2020

Police declare a riot in Portland after BLM protesters smash windows of businesses along MLK Blvd ahead of Election Day

 Protesters were back on the streets in northeast Portland on Saturday night as they marched in a demonstration against capitalism and police violence that was quickly declared a riot before 8pm.

Several businesses became vandalized and had their windows smashed.

The police eventually rescinded the declaration just before 8:30pm after much of the crowds had dispersed.

Armed counter-protesters stand outside a bail bonds agency as a protester holds a shirt with a picture of Black man Kevin E. Peterson Jr. who was shot dead by police in Vancouver near Portland

Armed counter-protesters stand outside a bail bonds agency as a protester holds a shirt with a picture of Black man Kevin E. Peterson Jr. who was shot dead by police in Vancouver near Portland

A protester holds up her hands as police detain other protesters and clear a park after a vigil and march marking the shooting death by police of black man Kevin E. Peterson Jr.

A protester holds up her hands as police detain other protesters and clear a park after a vigil and march marking the shooting death by police of black man Kevin E. Peterson Jr. 

Portland Police declared a riot in Northeast Portland after people smashed windows to businesses

Portland Police declared a riot in Northeast Portland after people smashed windows to businesses

Several businesses became vandalized and had their windows smashed.

Several businesses became vandalized and had their windows smashed.

Group were said to be marching against capitalism and police violence

Group were said to be marching against capitalism and police violence

Posters advertised the Halloween night march with a tagline of 'Capitalism is Scary.'

Posters advertised the Halloween night march with a tagline of 'Capitalism is Scary.'

Posters advertised the Halloween night march with a tagline of 'Capitalism is Scary.' 

About 80 protestors were marching along NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd when individuals starting to break the windows of businesses.

The windows from a bank, a real estate agency, a phone store, a hotel and a Starbucks were all shattered.

As soon as word spread on Twitter, Portland police declared the area to be a riot zone and told those present to immediately leave. 

Law enforcement officers clear a street after an unlawful assembly declared of a march marking the shooting death by police of black man Kevin E. Peterson Jr. in Vancouver, Washington

Law enforcement officers clear a street after an unlawful assembly declared of a march marking the shooting death by police of black man Kevin E. Peterson Jr. in Vancouver, Washington

Graffiti was scrawled across some of the windows along MLK Blvd in Portland

Graffiti was scrawled across some of the windows along MLK Blvd in Portland

Windows of shop fronts of many windows were smashed in as protesters made their way down MLK Blvd

Windows of shop fronts of many windows were smashed in as protesters made their way down MLK Blvd

Shattered glass could be seen lining the sidewalk after wanton vandalism on Saturday night

Shattered glass could be seen lining the sidewalk after wanton vandalism on Saturday night 

The damage occurred along NE MLK Jr. Blvd in Northeast Portland

The damage occurred along NE MLK Jr. Blvd in Northeast Portland

It turned the Halloween evening into a needlessly scary situation

It turned the Halloween evening into a needlessly scary situation 

'No cops! No prisons! Total abolition,' the crowd chanted, according to Oregon Live. 

Demonstrators in Portland want city leaders to cut at least $50 million from the budget of Portland police.

The police say that some people threw projectiles at officers and 'pepper sprayed community members.'

Around 100 people had joined the protest at its peak, but it didn't take long before things appeared under control with the riot declaration rescinded by 8:27pm.

Many people sprinted away from officers staged on Seventh Avenue. 

'The rioters in the Lloyd District have been dispersed by officers.' Law enforcement will still monitor the area 'for any further illegal activity.'

Tensions have been stoked after a black man shot and killed by law enforcement in a small city near Portland, Oregon, in southwestern Washington state.

Kevin E. Peterson Jr, a 21-year-old father, was fatally gunned down in a US Bank parking lot in Vancouver, Washington on Thursday.  

Hundreds of people gathered for a vigil Friday evening which also turned into a protest, with some holding signs reading, 'Honk for Black lives. White silence is violence' and 'Scream his name.'

Nearby, tensions flared between left- and right-wing protesters. Video recorded by journalists in a parking lot showed two groups of people shouting at each other. Also, some armed demonstrators gathered near a building they told reporters they were protecting.

The crowds ultimately fizzled out near the vigil but a group of hundreds of protesters later marched through downtown Vancouver. 

Law enforcement officers ride on an armored vehicle during a march by protesters on Saturday

Law enforcement officers ride on an armored vehicle during a march by protesters on Saturday

Police detain protesters after a vigil and march marking the shooting death

Police detain protesters after a vigil and march marking the shooting death

Clark County Sheriffs deputies disperse a crowd of protesters. There were city-wide dueling protests between Black Lives Matter activists and supporters of President Donald Trump

Clark County Sheriffs deputies disperse a crowd of protesters. There were city-wide dueling protests between Black Lives Matter activists and supporters of President Donald Trump

Law enforcement officers exit an armored vehicle during a march by protesters

Law enforcement officers exit an armored vehicle during a march by protesters

:Clark County Sheriffs deputies quickly dispersed a crowd of protesters

:Clark County Sheriffs deputies quickly dispersed a crowd of protesters

Protester knocked over garbage bins in an effort to create barriers and slow police response

Protester knocked over garbage bins in an effort to create barriers and slow police response


People gather during a counter protest against Black Lives Matter in Vancouver, Washington a suburb of Portland

People gather during a counter protest against Black Lives Matter in Vancouver, Washington a suburb of Portland

Protesters faced off with law enforcement officers after a police shooting earlier in the week

Protesters faced off with law enforcement officers after a police shooting earlier in the week

Protesters faced off with law enforcement officers which was caught on video and in pictures

Protesters faced off with law enforcement officers which was caught on video and in pictures

Windows were shattered, flags were burned and federal agents clothed in riot gear surrounded a building - warning people that trespassing on federal property would be subject to arrest.

Multiple videos showed two vehicles facing each other just after midnight on a downtown street. Two shots were heard but reporters at the scene said it didn't appear anyone was hit.

Authorities declared an unlawful assembly and ordered protesters to disperse. At least one person appeared to have been detained, according to video posted online by a journalist.

Family and friends had described Peterson as a former high school football player and the proud father of an infant daughter.

People gather during a counter protest against Black Lives Matter

People gather during a counter protest against Black Lives Matter 

Mourners pause to remember Kevin Peterson Jr., a 21-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by law enforcement Thursday, as he is honored with a candlelight vigil at the Hazel Dell branch of U.S. Bank in Vancouver, Washington state

Mourners pause to remember Kevin Peterson Jr., a 21-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by law enforcement Thursday, as he is honored with a candlelight vigil at the Hazel Dell branch of U.S. Bank in Vancouver, Washington state

In a statement, Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins said a joint city-county narcotics task force was conducting an investigation just before 6 p.m. Thursday and chased a man into the parking lot of a bank, where he fired a gun at them. A firearm was recovered at the scene, Atkins said.

Investigators said Friday evening that the narcotics task force had contacted a man suspected of selling illegal drugs in a motel parking lot and that he fled on foot with officers following. The man produced a handgun and the officers backed off, investigators said. A short time later, the man encountered three Clark County deputies, all of whom fired their pistols at the man, they added. They did not say the man fired a handgun found at the scene, making it unclear what happened just before the shooting.

The community is a short drive north across the Columbia River from Portland, where racial justice protests have played out nearly every night since George Floyd´s killing by police in May. Southwest Washington is also home to the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, which has held rallies for President Donald Trump in Portland in recent months that ended in violence.

People gather during a counter protest against Black Lives Matter

People gather during a counter protest against Black Lives Matter

This August 2018 photo provided by Jake Thompson shows Kevin Peterson Jr., a 21-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by law enforcement in Clark County, Washington on Thursday

This August 2018 photo provided by Jake Thompson shows Kevin Peterson Jr., a 21-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by law enforcement in Clark County, Washington on Thursday

Earlier Friday, several people paid their respects to Peterson at the site of the shooting.

Mac Smiff, an organizer of Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, said he knows Peterson´s sister and spent more than five hours at the scene.

'There was a ton of grief, a ton of grief. He´s 21 and has a baby, an infant,' Smiff said. 'They´re not sure what happened, why the encounter took place. Everyone was extremely disheveled and confused.'

Jake Thompson, a high school acquaintance of Peterson, said he took photos at the wedding of Peterson´s parents in Portland in 2018. On Friday, he posted a black-and-white photo of Peterson in a suit and bow tie as he flashed a big grin.

'I didn´t sleep much last night,' he said Friday.

Peterson played football at Union High School in Vancouver, Washington, loved sports of any kind and was a big personality who was known and liked by everyone at school, Thompson said.

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