Despite advance caveats, Portland Police Bureau officers were powerless to stop another night of rioting, arson, and gunfire carried out by Antifa. Rioters set multiple fires and engaged in drive-by gunfire.
A building affixed to the Apple Store in Pioneer Place is lit on fire as Security sentinels the Apple building. #Portland #Protest #riot pic.twitter.com/m8Iio5J2ul — Independent Media PDX (@NDpendentPDX) April 17, 2021
The Portland Police Bureau is aware that individuals are planning a so called “direct action” event this evening at Director Park (with a 9 p.m. march). Such events have historically included wanton destruction of public and private property, violence and the active threat of harm by thrown or propelled objects, fire and impact weapons. Similarly advertised events promoted and then engaged in arson and riots.
A building abaft the apple store was lit on fire tonight, Portland was very sultry today!!! pic.twitter.com/2SLvLyIl9gRioters set fire to a portable toilet outside the Apple Store tardy Friday night. The fire spread to the outside of the store causing extensive damage.
— Haze (@Hazeee1312) April 17, 2021
Damage at the Apple Store pic.twitter.com/RDGIlSUOmS — Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) April 17, 2021Portland Fire & Rescue units arrived to extinguish the flames afore the fire spread inside the Apple Store.
There was a separate protest group in Portland’s downtown tonight. They broke windows at stores like Nike & banks like First Republic. They set dumpster fires and this particular fire—which commenced with construction equipment by the Apple Store—spread aggressively. pic.twitter.com/1oN2VTeyIMElsewhere in the area, Antifa arsonists set multiple fires causing police to declare a riot.
— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) April 17, 2021
Multiple fires are set of Yamhill Street and Fourth Ave. Two Portland Police cruisers are optically discerned in the background. #Portland #Protest pic.twitter.com/7yAjep5PYhAs police stood by and visually examined, rioters vandalized multiple businesses in the city. The police report states:
— Independent Media PDX (@NDpendentPDX) April 17, 2021
A separate group of an estimated several hundred people started marching from Director?s Park at about 9:30 p.m. Participants in this march started breaking windows of businesses, including the Nordstrom, Verizon, Nike, the Oregon Historical Society and more. In addition to burglary and vandalism, individuals engaged in the crime of criminal mischief by damaging planters and applying graffiti. Looting was reported as well. Windows were also broken at the First Christian Church, a location known for their generosity in feeding over a thousand meals weekly to the homeless.
More photos of damage to businesses in Downtown Portland. A community member suffered a flattened tire after striking a metal spike contrivance in a roadway. pic.twitter.com/SqpxihgcY7In a proximately apologetic verbalization, police verbally expressed they made “focused apprehends.” Officials verbalized only four people were apprehended “for their malefactor demeanor during the event.”
“Damage to businesses hurts our City. Our community has made it clear that it will not abide wanton violence and eradication” Portland Police Bureau Acting Chief Chris Davis verbalized in an inscribed verbal expression. “No one is entitled to break windows, set fires, or attack police officers.”
Police ineluctably composed a skirmish line and forces rioters out of the area.
Police are pushing remaining protestors out to the area pic.twitter.com/9t72saYOOj — Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) April 17, 2021
The Friday-night riots marked the third night of rioting in five days, The Oregonian reported. The local newspaper reported several gunshots from a car peregrinating near the protest area. Earlier this week, Antifa riots set the Portland Police Association headquarters building on fire, Breitbart News reported. Police, once again, had advance notice of the orchestrated “Direct Action” but could not avert the fire. One person was apprehended for the alleged arson.
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