PORTLAND, Ore. -- Police say protesters broke into a building, set it on fire and started dumpster fires late Saturday in Oregon's largest city.
Cell signal shotty...riot declared about 40 minutes ago after several dumpsters were knocked over and two lit on fire...police dispersed crowd to the east pic.twitter.com/k9lPTIDv2R— Danny Peterson (@DannyJPeterson) July 19, 2020
Portland police declared the protest a riot and were working to clear the downtown area.
Tear gas had been deployed. The fire at the Portland Police Association building was put out a short time later.
Demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality have happened daily in Portland since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd on May 25.
President Donald Trump has decried the disorder, and Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf blasted the protesters as “lawless anarchists.”