Several people were arrested after a demonstration turned violent in downtown Portland and resulted in damage to two government buildings, authorities said Friday.
Protests have occurred regularly in the city since the May killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Police said in a statement that protesters broke into the Justice Center and broke glass doors to the federal courthouse nearby. They threw cans of food, large rocks and commercial-grade fireworks at federal officers who responded to the scene. Protesters also set a fire on the street.
“Because of the violent nature of the demonstrators while officers cleared the area, crowd control munitions were used and several arrests were made,” the statement said. Demonstrators also threw mortars, the statement said, without specifying what type they were.
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In This Story: George Floyd
George Floyd was an African-American man who died on 25th May 2020 in Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, following police arrest. Video recording by a witness, showing Floyd repeating “Please”, “I can’t breathe”, and “Don’t kill me”, was widely circulated on social media platforms and broadcast by media. The incident led to widespread protests across the United States.