Police Declare Portland Protests A Riot But This Definition Could Be Rooted In Racism. Protesters scramble to get away from approaching police firing tear gas and impact munitions to disperse protesters in downtown Portland during 4th of July demonstrations against systemic racism and police violence.
PORTLAND , Ore. — After a summer and fall consisting of nightly protests , demonstrations in Portland have died down in recent weeks. Though they haven’t disappeared completely, the reduction in intensity and size is natural, according to sociologist Randy Blazak.
Portland, Oregon, U.S. On November 10, 2016, three days of protests in Portland, Oregon, turned into a riot, when a group of anarchists broke off from a larger group of peaceful protesters who were opposed to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.
Starting in May 2020, demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd have been held in the city of Portland , Oregon , concurrent with protests in other cities in the United States and around the world.
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Activists listen to a speaker during a protest calling for the abolition of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on Oct. 3, 2020, in Portland , Oregon. Portlanders have been leading protests against racism and police brutality for more than five months after the death of George Floyd.
The protests spanned issues – immigrant rights, homelessness, racism, police accountability, free speech. They drew students, parents, anarchists and Trump supporters.”
100 consecutive nights
A timeline of demonstrations held by Black Lives Matter supporters over the last 100 days across Portland . Many were peaceful. There were also hundreds of fires, at least 675 arrests, immeasurable amounts of tear gas and countless injuries.
— Over the course of more than 80 days , police say they have declared a Portland event a riot 13 times, according to a newly-released timeline. Protesters have been calling for racial justice and police reform in the wake George Floyd’s death in the hands of Minneapolis Police officers on May 25.
As Portland’s protests against police violence and systemic racism approach 80 consecutive nights, the location of the main action has shifted from downtown to residential neighborhoods on the east side of the Willamette River, bringing crowds of demonstrators and a heavy police force onto usually quiet nighttime