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Riot declared in Portland, vandals torch police building: 'Every precinct, every town, burn the precincts to the ground'

Added 07-19-20 02:17:02pm EST - “Videos show violent clashes between rioters and federal officers who attempted to defend the federal courthouse in Portland. President Trump reacts.” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “Riot declared in Portland, vandals torch police building: 'Every precinct, every town, burn the precincts to the ground'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Videos show violent clashes between rioters and federal officers who attempted to defend the federal courthouse in Portland. President Trump reacts.

Saturday marked the 52nd consecutive night of protests in Portland following George Floyd's death. Demonstrations elevated to violent levels as the night progressed, and by 11 p.m., the Portland Police Department declared a riot.

Rioters broke into the Portland Police Association building on Saturday night and set it on fire. Agitators also started dumpster fires in Oregon's largest city.

Rioters vandalized the federal courthouse in downtown Portland after removing the protective fencing that was once on the perimeter. One person was seen shooting airsoft paintball bullets at cameras on the exterior of the Multnomah County Justice Center. A man yelled into the courthouse to inform authorities: "We want the fight!"

Federal and local law enforcement deployed tear gas and flash bangs near the federal courthouse to attempt to disperse the crowd. One video shows a federal officer pepper-spraying and striking a protester with a baton several times, but the man seems unfazed.

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