A federal officer in Portland, Oregon, was hit on the head and shoulder with a hammer during protests outside a courthouse on Friday evening that resulted in several arrests, authorities said.
Dozens of protesters gathered on the street outside the Justice Center when the protest turned violent, Portland police said in a press release.
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An individual was trying to break into the door of the US courthouse Mark O. Hatfield with a hammer when federal officers inside the building responded, police said.
The hammer suspect made a hole in the door before “deliberately” hitting a federal officer in the head and shoulder with the tool, police said. The agent’s condition was not immediately available.
Federal officers used pepper spray and CS gas during the incident, police said. An arrest was made.
Police recovered the nearly 16-inch-long hammer and released aerial images of the scene near the Justice Center, which showed at least one fire lit and demonstrators blocking a street.
During the night, a second individual was arrested for ransacking government property, while two others were arrested for illegally pointing lasers in the eyes of federal officers, the department said.
Federal officers called for help around 2 a.m. as people resisted the arrest and protesters in the crowd were throwing bottles at them, police said. The crowd finally dispersed just before 3:30 a.m.
Protests against police brutality and racism in Portland continued on Saturday for the 45th day in a row, according to the Oregonian.
Downtown Portland businesses have suffered $ 23 million in damage and lost business amid weeks of chaotic and violent nightly protests, Portland Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis said last week from a virtual press point.
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More than 100 people – including city employees and the public – were also injured, he said.
Louis Casiano of Fox News contributed to this report.