A large crowd gathered outside the federal courthouse in downtown Portland for a protest against police violence.
The demonstration began around 8:30 p.m. outside the courthouse on Southwest Third Avenue and Main Street, shortly after the fence surrounding the courthouse was taken down for the first time since last summer.
When the courthouse doors were being boarded up, tensions between people and federal officers there erupted. This started a chain reaction of civil unrest and destruction Thursday night, leading authorities to deploy tear gas.
Shortly after 9 p.m., independent journalists tweeted images of smashed windows, burning flags, and walls of the courthouse spray-painted with graffiti. One of our followers witnessed federal officers using tear gas and projectiles to control the crowd he took a video that looks like it’s straight from a war-zone.
The attack on the courthouse came one day after authorities removed fencing initially erected over the summer, in response to continued riots following the death of George Floyd, an African American man killed during his arrest by Minneapolis police officers.
Footage showed the rioters attempting to force their way into the courthouse while chanting “f*** the United States!” Later in the evening rioters set a fire outside the courthouse entrance.
Antifa trying to start a fire to the federal courthouse in Portland yesterday. pic.twitter.com/UurPNgt0pV
— Art TakingBack 🇺🇸 (@ArtValley818_) March 12, 2021
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has requested that city officials approve $2 million in funding to bring back police patrols following a large spike in crime rates
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— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 12, 2021
So the Democrats call Jan. 6th insurrection and placed a razor wire around our nation’s capital but have continued to ignore ANTIFA/BLM who are literally BURNING federal buildings and committing REAL violence.
Well, Antifa is just an idea!
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