Two of them remained peaceful, but others suffered “property damage and arrests,” he said. CNN is trying to find out who organized the demonstrations.
Ellen said a group of about 150 people gathered at the ICE building in the South Waterfront neighborhood around 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Some protesters were carrying mirchi ball guns, fireworks, shields, rocks and “electronic control weapons similar to the tasser.”
In an updated statement on Thursday morning, police said that many people in the crowd wore gas masks and helmets, and within minutes, people began tagging the ICE building with graffiti.
CNN affiliate Coin reported that the graffiti included messages such as “now re-writing families again” – a possible reference to separating migrant children from their parents. There were other messages with an anti-law sense, calling for the abolition of the ICE with a symbol of another anarchy. A message read, “Kill the police !!!”
After protesters threw stones and ransacked the building, federal authorities declared it an illegal assembly, Alan said
Federal law enforcement officers deployed “mob control control,” Allen said, though he did not reveal what kind of behavior federal officers have. Portland police did not deploy CS gas (commonly referred to as tear gas), Allen said.
CNN aide Coin reported to reporters at the scene that law enforcement’s use of stan grenades and pepper shells appeared as tear gas. According to Koine, several people were detained.
Allen said Portland police were in the surrounding neighborhood and “some arrests were made.”
The city and ICE buildings have been the site of repeated skirmishes between protesters and federal officials in recent months. Police did not attribute the makeup of the groups involved in Wednesday’s protests.
8 arrests after vandalism at Democratic Party headquarters
The protest at the ICE building took place another day earlier, when a crowd of about 150 gathered at Revolution Hall before marching to the Oregon State Democratic Party headquarters.
Portland police said in a statement that officers on bicycles encountered protesters at a parking lot in Revolution Hall, where “(D) dozens of people pressured and then took a bicycle of officers.” More officers arrived for help and managed to retrieve the bicycle. The crowd blocked the officers’ way as they tried to leave.
The group then left the Revolution Hall and moved to the Democratic Party headquarters, where some protesters “smashed windows and smashed the building,” Allen said.
At one point the mob “showed aggression by throwing officers into the herd and throwing objects,” Allen said.
Images from CNN ally KATU spray painted a symbol of anarchy next to the building’s front door, with a darker reference to the newly inaugurated President Joe Biden on one side. Another showed the crowd making their way down the street, many of them all wrapped in black, with a sign that read, “We are invincible.” The station reported that the demonstration was billed as a protest against Biden and law enforcement, supporting the rights of indigenous people.
Ellen said at least 8 people were arrested in various offenses, including felony criminal mischief, possession of a destructive device and rioting.
The Democratic Party of Oregon said in a statement that none of its employees were in the building at the time, but they were “disappointed and disappointed.”
The statement said, “This is not the first time our building has been vandalized during the past year – none of the events in the past have elected Democrats from our important work, and it will be no different.” ” said.
Confederate courtyard in Seattle also damaged
Police in Seattle reported vandalism in several buildings in their city Wednesday night, including a federal courtyard.
The Seattle Police Department, sharing the photo on Twitter, said “several windows” shattered at the William Kenzo Nakamura Courthouse, primarily used by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
CNN affiliate KOMO reported that the group lit the American flag in flames and threw objects on the roads to block motorists’ passage. Several vehicles were damaged by the participants before police ordered them to be repulsed.
Other photos shared by the police show one Amazon Go Store
With chaotic symbols and anti-Biden and anti-police graffiti. Many windows were shattered. Other photographs show broken glass in front of a Starbucks store.
Police said several arrests were made for property damage and assault. Another man was arrested in connection with a theft investigation at Starbucks.
CNN’s Dave Alsup, Andy Rose and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.