Rittenhouse protest in Portland, Oregon declared riot – .

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Rittenhouse protest in Portland, Oregon declared riot – .


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland Police rioted as a downtown protest Friday night against the acquittal of a teenager who killed two people and injured another during a protest in the Wisconsin.

The protest of about 200 people was declared riot after protesters started smashing windows, throwing objects at police and talking about setting the Justice Center on fire, KOIN TV reported.

Protesters rallied after the acquittal of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Portland Police Bureau chief Chuck Lovell said shortly after the verdict officers were working on plans for Friday night and the weekend, KOIN reported.

At around 8:50 p.m., around 200 protesters had gathered in downtown Portland and were blocking the streets.

At 9 p.m., windows were smashed and doors to city facilities were damaged. Police tweeted that objects were being thrown at officers in the area, KOIN reported.

Police tweeted, “A crowd gathered near SE 2nd Avenue and SE Madison Street and attendees began smashing windows and damaging doors at area city facilities. People throw objects at the police in the area.

Portland has seen ongoing protests, often violent, after the murder of George Floyd last year by police in Minneapolis. Some activists complained that the police were brutal in their response.

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