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Portland Marks Deadliest Month In 30 Years As Riots Continue

Portland, OR – A woman was shot and officers were attacked with bottles and high-powered lasers as the violent rioting continued in Portland over the weekend.

A total of 15 people were killed in the city in July, making it the deadliest month in the Portland in 30 years, KOMO reported.

Someone fired over 150 rounds outside a Portland apartment complex in the 600-block of Northeast 87th Avenue at approximately 11:08 p.m. on Friday, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) said in a press release.

At least eight occupied apartments and seven vehicles were hit by the barrage of bullets, according to police.

A woman was struck in the arm by one of the rounds.

“Responding officers applied a tourniquet and she was transported to the hospital by ambulance with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries,” the PPB said.

It is unclear whether the barrage of gunfire was directly connected to the nightly riots that have been taking place in the city every night for over two months, but at least one resident blamed the attack on those pushing for police defunding, FOX News reported.

“They had a gang violence task force that are no longer funded, which is unfortunate because as soon as that defunding happened all of this really peaked up,” resident Kemoh Sulimani told the news outlet.

Sulimani said he was sitting at his computer inside his apartment when a bullet blasted through his window on Friday night, KOMO reported.

“This is a war zone with bullets flying all over,” he said. “A bullet just came flying through directly over my head and lodged in the wall.”

Police said on Sunday that no one has been arrested in connection with the shooting so far, KOMO reported.

Hundreds of people gathered in the streets near the Multnomah Justice Center on Friday night, blocking traffic as they listed to speeches for approximately 90 minutes, the PPB said in a press release.

The mob moved to the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse at approximately 10:30 p.m.

“Some lit fires, climbed the fence outside the federal courthouse, threw objects and chanted,” the PPB said.

By 1:30 a.m., rioters had dragged “plywood and other flammable material” over to the middle of Southwest 3rd Avenue in front of the courthouse, where they lit a bonfire, according to police.

The crowd returned on Saturday night, blocking traffic outside the federal courthouse as they listened to speeches “for several hours,” the PPB said in another release.

A majority of the crowd marched through the downtown area, while a group of approximately 200 people branched off and headed to the Penumbra Kelly Building on Burnside Street, blocking traffic along the way.

They shined lasers at the officers standing guard outside the building, “and eventually began throwing glass bottles at them,” police said.

One officer was struck in the head by a paint-filled glass bottle thrown by one of the rioters, according to PPB.

PPB ultimately declared an unlawful assembly and ordered the mob to disperse.

Police began directing the rioters west, as the mob “continued to throw glass and plastic bottles” at them, according to the release.

Some of the attackers appeared to be trying to impersonate members of the media, and had the word “press” written on their clothing, a PPB statement said.

A motorist attempted to interfere with officers by moving slowly in front of them as they tried to steer the mob out of the roadway.

“To remove the hazard the car presented, Portland Police deflated its tires and passed it by,” the PPB statement said.

Officers arrested two rioters before they “disengaged” the mob at the intersection of Southeast Pine Street and Southeast 41st Avenue, according to the release.

The group ended up circling back towards the Penumbra Kelly Building and were driven back by police for a second time.

“Again people with ‘press’ written on their outer garments were among those throwing objects at police,” the PPB said.

The crowd attempted to head into residential neighborhoods, but were intercepted by police and steered away, according to the Daily Wire.

Portland resident Max Van Briesen, 31, was arrested on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer, and assaulting a public safety officer.

Portland resident Freedom Moreno, 34, was arrested on charges of harassment, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, and interfering with a police officer.

Despite the clashes, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Saturday night that the level of violence exhibited by the rioters has decreased from weeks prior, the Daily Wire reported.

“After weeks of rioting and nightly attacks on federal officers and property, activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse continues in an overall trend of diminishing violence as a result of the increased cooperation between state and federal law enforcement,” DHS said in a statement on Sunday, according to the Daily Wire.

“In stark contrast to the intense weekend violence in Portland over the past two months, protests around federal property remained generally peaceful with only minor incidents of malicious activity,” DHS added.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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