Portland, OR – Rioters attacked the Portland Police Bureau’s (PPB) East Precinct for a second consecutive night on Thursday, to include ripping down thank-you notes police supporters had affixed to the building and using them to fuel a fire outside the precinct’s front doors.
In addition to assaulting police with commercial grade fireworks, large rocks, bottles, and paint, the mob also confronted elderly residents, severely injured a Portland police officer, and attempted to burn down the East Precinct yet again, the PPB said in a press release.
As they had the night prior, the mob blocked both lanes of traffic on Southeast 106th Avenue, then headed over to the PPB East Precinct.
“People in the group were wearing helmets and carrying shields,” a statement from PPB noted.
Several individuals with “press” badges affixed to their clothing shined lasers at the officers’ eyes and taunted them as they hit them with rocks and eggs, the PPB said.
Police immediately began warning the mob “not to break into East Precinct or burn the building” like the rioters had attempted to do on Wednesday night.
The group responded by tearing down the security cameras located at the front doors and spray painting the building. Other members of the group tossed cans of paint at the precinct.
“Two elderly community members attempted to stop the group from vandalizing the building with paint and were subsequently hit with the paint,” according to the PPB.
This unknown woman using a walker was confronted by the group currently outside East Precinct and paint was strewn all over her. pic.twitter.com/k1cCVMbNht
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) August 7, 2020
The rioters ripped down thank-you notes police supporters had affixed to the building and using them to fuel a fire outside the precinct’s front doors.