Portland Riots Read-out: August 5
Release Date: August 5, 2020
The vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse continues on its current trend of receding violence. Tuesday evening marked a third consecutive night with no attacks directed at federal officers or property – a stark contrast from the violent nightly siege of the previous weeks. This drastic, but welcome, change is directly attributable to the long-awaited cooperation from state and local law enforcement, which assisted with clearing the parks where rioters daily staged their nightly siege. Currently, local and state law enforcement address violence on the streets while working alongside the surged federal presence to protect and defend federal property behind the fence.
Rioting continues elsewhere in Portland. While violence around the courthouse has receded, the city's rioters have refocused their attacks on local law enforcement. The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) was forced to declare yet another riot overnight following an assault on the Portland Police Association building.
The past 24 hours:
Crowd size around the federal courthouse peaked at approximately 50 individuals, which remained peaceful through the course of the night.
There were no reported injuries to DHS officers or damage to federal property.
DHS officers conducted zero arrests. Oregon State Police (OSP) partners did not engage the crowd outside the fence.
Just before midnight local time, multiple rioters attempted to break into and burn down the Portland Police Association building – located roughly four miles north of the federal courthouse. Around the same time, local law enforcement officers were attacked with hard projectiles. PPB declared an unlawful assembly.
After 1:00 a.m. local time, rioters breached the doors to the building and started a fire inside, according to PPB reports. PPB then declared a riot as its officers worked to disperse the crowd and conducted several subsequent arrests.
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