A federal officer in Portland, Oregon, was hit on the head and shoulder with a hammer during protests in front of a court on Friday night that resulted in several arrests, authorities said.
Several dozen protesters gathered on the street in front of the Justice Center when the demonstration turned violent, Portland police said in a press release.
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An individual was trying to break down the door of the United States Palace of Justice Mark O. Hatfield with a hammer when federal officials inside the building responded, police said.
The suspect with a hammer punched a hole in the door before “deliberately” hitting a federal officer in the head and shoulder with the tool, police said. The officer’s status was not immediately available.
Federal officials 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 footage of the scene near the Justice Center, which showed at least one fire burning and protesters blocking a street.
Over the course of the night, a second individual was arrested for vandalizing government property, while two others were detained for illegally targeting lasers in the eyes of federal officials, the department said.
Federal officials called for help around 2 a.m. because people were resisting arrest and protesters in the crowd threw bottles at them, police said. The crowd finally dispersed just before 3:30 am
According to Oregonian, protests against police brutality and racism in Portland continued for the 45th consecutive day on Saturday.
Businesses in downtown Portland suffered $ 23 million in damage and lost business amid weeks of chaotic and violent nightly protests, Portland Deputy Police Director Chris Davis said last week during a virtual news conference.
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More than 100 people, made up of city employees and the public, have also suffered injuries, he said.
Louis Casiano of Fox News contributed to this report.