- After roughly 200 people protested the acquittal of a youngster, police in Portland declared a riot on Friday night.
On Friday night, police in Portland declared a riot after around 200 people protested for the acquittal of a boy accused of killing two people and injuring another in Wisconsin.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said the demonstrators were shattering windows, throwing objects at officers, and discussing burning down a local government facility in downtown Portland.
Still, the crowd had dispersed by 11 p.m., according to KOIN TV. According to the Portland Police Bureau, several people were issued citations, but just one person who had an outstanding warrant from another case was arrested.
Following Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal in Kenosha, Wisconsin, protesters gathered. During a protest against police abuse in Wisconsin last year, Rittenhouse murdered two people and injured another.
In response to the verdict, protests have taken place in several other U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Some 1,000 people marched through downtown Chicago on Saturday afternoon, led by Black Lives Matter Chicago and other local activist groups.
According to the Chicago Tribune, demonstrators held posters reading “STOP WHITE SUPREMACY” and “WE’RE HITTING THE STREETS TO PROTEST THIS RACIST INJUSTICE SYSTEM,” as well as a photo of Rittenhouse with a firearm.
According to the Tribune, Tanya Watkins, executive director of Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, spoke at a rally in Federal Plaza before the march.
“While the outcome of yesterday’s trial did not surprise me, I am exhausted. I am dissatisfied. I’m furious. “I’ve lost all faith in this justice system,” Watkins, who is Black, added.
Hundreds of protesters gathered near the state Capitol building in Raleigh on Saturday to protest the verdict, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “No justice, no peace!” and “Abolish the police!” was chanted by speakers in front of a crowd of about 75 people.
As the demonstrators marched down a street past pubs and restaurants, police officers on motorcycles accompanied them and blocked traffic for them.
Following the police shooting of George Floyd last year in Minneapolis, there have been persistent, frequently violent protests in Portland. Some protesters claimed the police were too harsh in their response.
Officers began working on plans for Friday night and the weekend shortly after the Rittenhouse verdict, talked to Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell.
About 200 protestors had assembled in downtown Portland by 8:50 p.m., blocking traffic. By 9 p.m., city facilities’ windows and doors had been shattered.
“A throng has collected between SE 2nd Avenue and SE Madison Street, and participants have begun shattering windows and damaging doors of city facilities in the area,” according to the police. In addition, objects are being thrown at police personnel in the area.”
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office declared the incident a riot early Saturday morning, saying that some participants threw urine, water bottles, and batteries at deputies.
Source: Global News
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