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Portland police stand down while alt-right groups and anti-police protesters brawl with weapons as cops 'did not have the manpower to deal with large crowds willingly engaging in violence' (26 Pics)

Portland police decided not to intervene as violent clashes erupted between alt-right and anti-police protesters Saturday afternoon in the 86th day of demonstrations in the city. 
Demonstrators hurled rocks and other items at each other and got into fights as images showed what appeared to be hundreds of people involved, many of them wearing helmets and carrying makeshift shields. 
The protesters at Saturday's demonstration included the Proud Boys right-wing group and left-wing protest groups Democratic Socialists of America and Popular Mobilization, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. 
In one shocking video shared on social media, a member of the Proud Boys appears to punch a woman viciously to the ground. Some demonstrators also appeared to use pepper spray during clashes, and at least one person appeared to pull a gun. 
Despite the mayhem, police said they did not have the capacity to intervene and declare a riot. The department claimed they decided it was safer to allow the groups 'willingly engaging' in short bursts of violence to continue. 
Right wing groups, left, and Portland anti-police protesters, pictured right, fire pepper spray and throw objects at each other as the two sides clashed in front of the Multnomah County Justice Center on Saturday afternoon
Right wing groups, left, and Portland anti-police protesters, pictured right, fire pepper spray and throw objects at each other as the two sides clashed in front of the Multnomah County Justice Center on Saturday afternoon
A member of the Proud Boys fires a paint ball gun into a crowd of anti-police protesters in Portland on Saturday
A member of the Proud Boys fires a paint ball gun into a crowd of anti-police protesters in Portland on Saturday
An anti-police protester is attended to after getting pepper sprayed by members of the alt-right crowd in Portland Saturday
An anti-police protester is attended to after getting pepper sprayed by members of the alt-right crowd in Portland Saturday
Anti-police protesters burn an American flag while facing off with right wing groups in Portland
Anti-police protesters burn an American flag while facing off with right wing groups in Portland
A right wing protester pulls a handgun from his truck after being chased into a parking garage by opposing protesters in Portand on Saturday. Police said they are also investigating an incident of a man pulling a gun on a crowd earlier in the day
A right wing protester pulls a handgun from his truck after being chased into a parking garage by opposing protesters in Portand on Saturday. Police said they are also investigating an incident of a man pulling a gun on a crowd earlier in the day


Elsewhere, demonstrators faced off with police officers during a protest near the Charlotte Convention Center, the site of the Republican National Convention, in North Carolina on Saturday night. 
And in New York, a 'Take Back Our Cities' rally called for the removal of Mayor Bill de Blasio. 
The Portland demonstration began at about noon near the Multnomah County Justice Center in Oregon's biggest city, local media outlets reported. 
Right-wing groups had announced a rally near the Justice Center named the 'Mother of All Back The Blue Rallies' that quickly drew counter demonstrators. 
The building houses a police precinct, police headquarters, a county jail and courtrooms and is next door to a federal courthouse that was targeted for weeks last month by left-wing protesters who clashed with federal agents dispatched to Portland to protect it. 
Another protest with the stated goal of 'saying no to Marxism' was also kicking off at noon at the Terry Schrunk Plaza. 
This was the second Saturday in a row that right wing groups gathered in downtown Portland, sparking counter protests and violence. 
Portland police issued a warning about two hours after the demonstrations began, warning that officers were prepared to start using crowd control weapons if the violence did not end.
Police said they located a bucket containing condoms filled with an unknown liquid substance and a water bottle with what appeared to be urine
Several shields placed near the park which police confiscated
Police said they located a bucket containing condoms filled with an unknown liquid substance and a water bottle with what appeared to be urine along with several shields placed near the park. The items were all confiscated
Right wing groups, left, and anti-police protesters, right, face off in Portland. Images showed what appeared to be hundreds of people involved, many of them wearing helmets and carrying makeshift shields. No arrests were reported
Right wing groups, left, and anti-police protesters, right, face off in Portland. Images showed what appeared to be hundreds of people involved, many of them wearing helmets and carrying makeshift shields. No arrests were reported
A Black Lives Matter protester lies on the ground refusing to move as Department of Homeland Security police officers clear Terry Shrunk Plaza on Saturday afternoon. The demonstration had been declared an illegal assembly
A Black Lives Matter protester lies on the ground refusing to move as Department of Homeland Security police officers clear Terry Shrunk Plaza on Saturday afternoon. The demonstration had been declared an illegal assembly
Department of Homeland Security police officers clear Black Lives Matter protesters from Terry Shrunk Plaza in Portland after an illegal assembly is declared. Police said they did not have the manpower to declare the incident a riot
Department of Homeland Security police officers clear Black Lives Matter protesters from Terry Shrunk Plaza in Portland after an illegal assembly is declared. Police said they did not have the manpower to declare the incident a riot
A Trump supporters throws back a smoke bomb as Black Lives Matter protesters push far-right demonstrators away from the Justice Center in Portland on Saturday. Fireworks and rocks were also thrown by many groups involved
A Trump supporters throws back a smoke bomb as Black Lives Matter protesters push far-right demonstrators away from the Justice Center in Portland on Saturday. Fireworks and rocks were also thrown by many groups involved
According to a press release released Saturday afternoon, the demonstrations remained mainly peaceful for the first two hours although some individuals yelled at each other. There were brief physical altercations but they were quickly resolved, police said.  
However, members of the groups began to throw projectiles and use pepper and bear spray on each other. Fireworks and smoke canisters were also thrown. 
Police said they located a bucket containing condoms filled with an unknown liquid substance and a water bottle with what appeared to be urine along with several shields placed near the park. The items were all confiscated. 
Oregon Live reports that about an hour into the tense standoff, there were no police on the scene.  
Just before 3pm local time, Portland Police announced on Twitter that the demonstrations were now considered an unlawful assembly as they tried to put a quick end to the violence. 
'Federal officials have declared an unlawful assembly in Terri Schrunk Plaza. The crowd is being ordered to disperse to the North or be subject to force, arrest, or crowd control munitions,' they wrote. 
Less than an hour later, they stated that the crowd had reduced by half and the remaining group had relocated to the area south of the Justice Center. 
No arrests were reported as of Saturday evening. 
Police were later questioned about why a riot was not declared as it had been on several previous occasions at demonstrations in the city.  
In one shocking video, a member of the Proud Boys appears to punch a woman viciously to the ground, pictured
The woman can be seen on the ground to the right
In one shocking video, a member of the Proud Boys appears to punch a woman viciously to the ground, pictured
A member of the Proud Boys walks through a crowd of right wing protesters during a rally in Portland Saturday. Several protesters were firing paint guns and the groups used pepper and bear spray on each other
A member of the Proud Boys walks through a crowd of right wing protesters during a rally in Portland Saturday. Several protesters were firing paint guns and the groups used pepper and bear spray on each other
A right wing protester wields a baseball bat while calling out the location of an opposing protester after being chased into a parking garage during a demonstration Saturday in Portland in which violent clashes took over
A right wing protester wields a baseball bat while calling out the location of an opposing protester after being chased into a parking garage during a demonstration Saturday in Portland in which violent clashes took over 
Opposing rallies battle with mace, paint balls and rocks near Justice Center in downtown Portland Saturday
Opposing rallies battle with mace, paint balls and rocks near Justice Center in downtown Portland Saturday
In a statement, the police said that the incident met the definition of a riot but they did not have the resources available to address the crowd. It noted that many officers had worked the previous night when a riot was declared at 1am. 
'PPB had roughly 30 officers available for crowd management and there were several hundred individuals associated with the events downtown,' it said. 
'Incident commanders have to weigh out the entire situation to determine if police action is likely to make things safer or not. 
'In this case there were hundreds of individuals and many weapons within the groups and an extremely limited amount of police resources actually available to address such a crowd. 
'Additionally, PPB members have been the focus of over 80 days of violent actions directed at the police, which is a major consideration for determining if police resources are necessary to interject between two groups with individuals who appear to be willingly engaging in physical confrontations for short durations.' 
'Crowd management events are complex, especially when they involve groups with differing ideologies with members who wish to engage in physical confrontations,' added Chief Chuck Lovell. 
'PPB had to be judicious with our limited resources today especially since many of our members worked during the riot this morning and had very little sleep. Our resources are finite and we also have emergency calls for service to manage across the City.' 
The statement added that there was also an investigation underway after a video posted to social media appeared to show a man pointing a firearm at the crowd at some point during the day. 
'PPB has identified the involved male suspect in this incident and is looking for further information from the public,' they said. 
'We are investigating criminal acts when we are aware of them and ask for any victims to come forward so we can build the best case we can for enhanced outcomes for prosecution.' 
Black Lives Matter protesters confront a Proud Boy as they push Trump supporters away from the Justice Center in Portland
Black Lives Matter protesters confront a Proud Boy as they push Trump supporters away from the Justice Center in Portland
Dueling demonstrations in Portland by right-wing and left-wing protesters turned violent Saturday
Dueling demonstrations in Portland by right-wing and left-wing protesters turned violent Saturday
An anti-police protester takes cover while firing a paint ball gun into a crowd of right wing activists
An anti-police protester takes cover while firing a paint ball gun into a crowd of right wing activists
The Justice Center in recent weeks has been the target of left-wing protesters mostly operating at night, when they frequently get into clashes with police.  
The area includes county and federal buildings and has been the site of numerous recent protests.
Department of Homeland Security officers moved through the plaza across from an 18-story federal building. A federal courthouse is also near that area. 
Violent demonstrations have gripped Portland for months, following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.
Yet on Saturday night, the city experienced a peaceful night after the violent scenes earlier in the day.  
The Saturday afternoon clashes followed predawn clashes between police and about 200 left-wing protesters outside a different police precinct. President Donald Trump on Saturday morning tweeted: 'Another bad night of Rioting in Portland, Oregon.'
Anti-police protesters hold back a member of the Proud Boys during a clash between the two groups
Anti-police protesters hold back a member of the Proud Boys during a clash between the two groups
A right wing protester takes cover behind a wooden shield while anti-police counter-protesters throw paint into the crowd
A right wing protester takes cover behind a wooden shield while anti-police counter-protesters throw paint into the crowd
The demonstration began more peacefully but quickly spiraled with a minimal police presence on the scene
The demonstration began more peacefully but quickly spiraled with a minimal police presence on the scene
Demonstrators hurled bottles and rocks at officers and pointed lasers at them, damaging police cars and causing minor injuries for several officers, Portland police said in a statement.
One protester was given medical treatment at the scene after he threw rocks at officers and was shot with what police described as a 'sponge-tipped less-lethal round,' the statement said.
He was among nine people arrested. Three were charged with assault on a police officer.
Many of the protesters wore helmets, eye protection, gas masks and body armor and some carried homemade wooden shields, police said.
A demonstration Friday that went into Saturday morning came a day after protesters in Portland clashed with federal agents outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building.
People in a group of about 100 late Thursday and before dawn Friday sprayed the building with graffiti, hurled rocks and bottles at agents and shined laser lights at them, Portland police said.
The agents set off smoke or tear gas and used crowd control munitions to try to disperse the crowd. Three people were arrested.
Also Friday, a number of federal buildings across the city were closed as the FBI investigated a car bomb threat.
Demonstrators face police officers during a protest near the Charlotte Convention Center, the site of the Republican National Convention, in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday night. The convention will take place mostly virtually next week
Demonstrators face police officers during a protest near the Charlotte Convention Center, the site of the Republican National Convention, in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday night. The convention will take place mostly virtually next week
Police officers are seen next to a Black Lives Matter flag during a protest near the Charlotte Convention Center Saturday
Police officers are seen next to a Black Lives Matter flag during a protest near the Charlotte Convention Center Saturday
Protests were also seen Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina, the site of the Republican National Convention next week and in New York City. 
Police used bicycles to block at least 100 protesters Saturday night from gathering close to the Charlotte Convention Center, the site of the convention. The Secret Service set up a perimeter, news outlets reported.
The demonstrators' chants included, 'No RNC in CLT' and 'Black Lives Matter'.
No arrests were reported as of 11pm.  
On Friday, several people were arrested in Charlotte after some demonstrators skirmished with authorities as delegates arrived for the start of the Republican National Convention. 
The arrests happened after a group of about 60 demonstrators left a park and began a march throughout uptown Charlotte at about 9 p.m., authorities said. 

2 comments:

  1. I'm very thankful that I do not live in Portland or any other Democrat run hell hole.

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