Violent rioters attack police precinct in Seattle, clash with cops overnight; chief calls them ‘terrorists’

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Oregon cities saw another night of protests as tensions flared and rioters clashed with police amid tear gas and fires.

A violent mob attacked a police precinct in Seattle on Friday where they were chased off after smashing a window at the entrance to the city’s West Precinct and in Portland, protesters clashed with police after they tried setting up an “autonomous zone” around Portland Police’s North Precinct.

Officers in riot gear responded to the mob in Seattle after they smashed the precinct’s windows with a rock, but there were no reported injuries of police officers, according to local station KOMO-TV.

Demonstrators converged near the Multnomah County Justice Center on Friday night, KOIN-TV reported.

Police reported that someone fired a gun near the front of the Justice Center where protests have been held every night for several weeks. A Portland Police press release noted that “a male suspect associated with the Justice Center demonstration discharged a firearm into the ground.”

The suspect fled from the area but other demonstrators reportedly stopped and held him until police arrived to arrest the 21-year-old.

And near the Terry Schrunk Plaza, an Abolish ICE protest brought out hundreds of demonstrators.

Local black leaders and Portland’s police chief denounced the violence after mobs attacked businesses and the city’s North Precinct in the overnight hours, looting, setting fires and assaulting police officers.

Portland Police reported that “several hundred demonstrators” gathered outside of the North Precinct near Northeast Emerson Street and Northeast Martin Luther King Boulevard in the early hours of Friday. They put up barricades, blocked traffic and reportedly “began throwing projectiles at police including glass bottles,” according to the Portland Police Bureau.

“The dynamics of the demonstrators during this incident were more aggressive and violent than those seen in past weeks,” the police press release read, noting that four arrests were made including arrests for assaults or attempted assaults the police. Many of the officers reportedly sustained minor injuries and one was taken to the hospital for a more serious injury.

“By 11:00 p.m., demonstrators began moving dumpsters and other large barriers around North Precinct. Some demonstrators began ramming the dumpsters into large garage doors located on the west side of the North Precinct in an attempt to breach the building. Demonstrators were not successful at breaching the doors so they turned their attention to barricading exit doors so officers inside the building, as well as people in custody, could not get out,” the police reported.

With some in the crowd “wearing masks and yielding shields,” police reported that someone began yelling that they were “going to burn the building down” and eventually fireworks were thrown towards the officers.

After the rioters refused to leave when warned, police moved in and did their jobs.

“While performing this lawful action, demonstrators fought with officers. Furthermore, demonstrators shot officers with paintball rounds, causing officers not to be able to see out of their face shields. Around 1:40 a.m., a mortar was launched on to the roof of North Precinct. During this time, crowd control munitions were deployed,” the police report stated.

But the leftists managed to set the north side of the North Precinct on fire, prompting police to use tear gas to break up the crowd and disperse them. Portland Police reported that several demonstrators hurled the canisters back at the officers.

“By 3:30 a.m., a majority of the crowd had dispersed,” the police reported, but not until after the rioters looted and set fire to businesses in the area.

“How dare you come down here…for your cause..and say this is your message?” community activist Sam Sachs exclaimed, eviscerating the leftist vandals during a Friday afternoon press conference.


(Source: The Oregonian)

“This completely distracts from the importance of the movement,” Mayor Ted Wheeler told the crowd as it was noted that many of the damaged businesses were operated by black community members.

Police Chief Chuck Lovell denounced the actions as “not only reprehensible, but they’re evil”

“It needs to stop, and it needs to stop today,‘’ Lovell said as other black leaders slammed the criminal activity as the work of “terrorists,‘’ “delinquents,‘’ and the “act of a coward.‘’

“You attacked our community,” Nike Greene, director of the city’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention, said. “We will never stand for that.”

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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