Portland Police declare unlawful assembly, Portland, Oregon, protests, riots,

Portland Police Declare ‘Unlawful Assembly’ During Night of Riots

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Portland, OR — The Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly Saturday night when people gathered outside a police precinct in Oregon’s largest city and threw bottles towards officers, police said.

Until that point, federal, state, and local law enforcement had been seemingly absent from the protests Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The demonstrations have often ended with tear gas; fireworks shot towards buildings, federal agents on the street, and injuries to protesters and rioters.

Oregon officials urged people at Saturday night’s protest to re-center the focus on Black Lives Matter, three days after President Trump’s administration agreed to reduce the presence of federal agents. Groups gathered Saturday evening in various areas around downtown Portland to listen to speakers and prepare to march to the Justice Center and Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse; the location federal soldiers had been protecting given the unrest.

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