Portland Protester Says Federal Agents Used Pepper Balls, Tear Gas on Innocent

23-year-old protester Rio describes the scene in Portland when federal agents used tear gas and other non-lethal munitions during protests Sunday night.

“They opened the door and started shooting pepper balls,” he said.

Authorities declared a riot early Sunday in Portland, Oregon, where protesters breached a fence surrounding the city’s federal courthouse building where U.S. agents have been stationed.

Police described via Twitter the “violent conduct of people downtown” as creating a “grave risk of public alarm.” Police demanded people leave the area surrounding the courthouse, around 1:20 a.m. Sunday, and said those who fail to adhere may be arrested or subject to tear gas and impact weapons.

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