Police in Portland, Oregon, declared an uprising at around 11:00 p.m. local time on Saturday when Independence Day marked the 38th consecutive day of unrest in the city.
Later, around 1 a.m. on Sunday, local time, a large crowd was seen marching near the Multnomah County Justice Center, the federal court where rioters and protesters often gather.
Uprising in port declares COPS orders protesters to leave or face arrest
Other videos showed graffiti on downtown buildings and a burning fire as a crowd gathered.
Journalist Andy Ngo, who wrote on Twitter, claimed the rioters were burning American flags “while shouting BLM and Antifa slogans.”
According to OregonLive.com, rioters were ordered to leave downtown after the police pulled in against the crowd.
At around 10:30 p.m. local time, the police ordered the crowd to stop fireworks at the justice center.
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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler released a series of tweets calling for calm on Friday – but his requests seemed to go unheeded.
On Saturday evening, the police tried to disperse the crowd with some kind of smoking device, the newspaper reported. They ordered people to leave the courthouse and warned that they could be arrested.
The riots in Portland and other cities have continued in Minneapolis police custody since George Floyd’s death on May 25. Death triggered demands for greater police accountability, including the demand for “Defund the Police” that cities should cut police budgets – or even cut police forces.