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Trump to 'Stop the Riots' in Portland as it Goes Life Threatning

 

Trump angered over the riots in Portland and commanded to stop the riots by tweeting in Twitter.

Portlanders have demonstrated across the city for more than 80 straight days, demanding an end to racial injustice and police brutality following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Protesters gathered outside the Portland Police Bureau's (PPB) North Precinct Friday night before police declared the crowd a riot early Saturday morning.

FBI Portland Is Seeking Information on Individuals Inciting Violence During First Amendment-Protected Peaceful Demonstrations.

''The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. Our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution is dual and simultaneous, not contradictory,'' the statement read.

"Accordingly, we are committed to apprehending and charging violent instigators who are exploiting legitimate, peaceful protests and engaging in violations of federal law. The continued violence, potential threat to life, and destruction of property across the United States interferes with the rights and safety of First Amendment-protected peaceful demonstrators, as well as all other citizens."  

''To help us identify actors who are actively instigating violence in the city of Portland, the FBI is accepting tips and digital media depicting violent encounters surrounding the civil unrest that is happening throughout the country. If you witness or have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant to the case.''

FBI of Portland also stated that, The FBI is aware of recent reporting regarding threats made against federal buildings in Portland. We are investigating to determine the credibility of the threat, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to share information.If we develop information indicating a credible threat, we will notify the public. 

On Friday night, despite the rain, a crowd marched to the police North Precinct, at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Emerson Street. The group, estimated by reporters on scene as about 200 people, first met at Irving Park and marched about a mile, through neighborhoods, to the precinct. Protesters are calling for the total abolition of police and prisons. 

They arrived at the precinct around 10:15 p.m. About 15 minutes later, Portland police said people were throwing projectiles and pointing lasers at officers. They threatened anyone involved in criminal activity would be subject to arrest.

Around 11:30 p.m., the crowd remained outside the precinct and police continued to give warnings. Officers saw protesters breaking police car windows and a window of a Boys & Girls Club van, PPB tweeted. At that time, there hadn't been clashes with police that reached the levels of previous nights.

Just after 1 a.m. on Saturday, the Portland Police Department declared that the gathered in the area as part of a riot. The crowd was ordered to disperse by traveling south.

Anyone who did not follow the order could be "subject you to citation or arrest, and may subject you to the use of tear gas, crowd control agents, and or impact munitions," the police said.

Smoke was deployed and officers physically forced protesters away from the area. Videos posted online showed several people being detained after the riot declaration, but it wasn't immediately clear how many arrests may have been made.

As the precinct was being cleared, officers were caught on video pushing people who weren't walking fast enough. By 3 a.m., the protesters moved a block south of the North Precinct near the Blazers Boys & Girls Club. 

On Thursday night, protesters focused their energy out front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in South Portland. Federal Protective Service (FPS) officers and some of the protesters, which were estimated to be less than 100, began to clash. Portland police said protesters threw rocks, bottles and fireworks at FPS officers. The protest was later declared an unlawful assembly. Three people were arrested.

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