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Portland Rioters Attack ICE Building With Incendiary Device

Portland, OR – Rioters wearing body armor and gas masks attacked the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building with an incendiary device on Tuesday night, according to police.

The mob initially congregated at Elizabeth Caruthers Park on South Moody Avenue, then marched to the ICE building located in the 4300-block of Macadam Avenue, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) said in a press release on Oct. 7.

The crowd blocked traffic on South Bancroft Street “within minutes” of their arrival outside the federal building, the PPB noted.

They proceeded to form an “umbrella wall” and moved in on the federal officers who were standing behind the garage doors, FOX News reported.

“As Federal Protection Officers stood outside of the ICE building, people were seen flashing lights at their eyes,” the department said in the press release. “Rocks were also thrown towards Federal Protection Officers.”

Someone threw “a lit incendiary device” onto the roof of the federal building at approximately 10:50 p.m., prompting Federal Protection Service (FPS) officers to head outside to clear the mob, according to the press release.

The federal officers fired flashbangs and less-lethal munitions at a wall of rioters hiding behind shields, Fox News reported.

The group returned about a half hour later and blocked the streets once again, according to PPB.

The incident commander then designated the gathering as an unlawful assembly “due to the seriousness of the crowd’s criminal behavior,” PPB said.

Police used a loudspeaker to warn the rioters that they could be subjected to crowd control munitions and arrest if they didn’t leave the area, but they refused to disperse.

“Since the crowd did not leave, PPB officers moved in and began to disperse the crowd,” the department said. “As PPB officers dispersed the crowd to the north, they were struck with rocks thrown at them by the group.”

PPB officers disengaged after arresting several rioters, and did not deploy any tear gas or crowd control munitions during the night.

A smaller group returned to the ICE building for a third time, but had mostly dispersed by about 1 a.m. on Wednesday.

The PPB made four arrests and issued one citation during the overnight mayhem, according to the press release.

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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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