Portland Rioters Chant ‘Jacob Blake’ While Setting Fire to Police Union Association on the 89th Night of Demonstrations
Ross Ibbetson and Associated Press, Daily Mail, August 25, 2020
Portland rioters last night chanted ‘Jacob Blake’ while setting fire to the police union building on the 89th night of demonstrations in the Oregon city.
Police declared yet another riot as some 200 joined in the demonstrations which have not abated since the death of George Floyd in May.
Last night they shouted Blake’s name – an unarmed black man shot seven times in the back by a white office in Wisconsin on Sunday – as two fires were set against the wall’s of the Portland Police Association building.
Someone climbed onto the association’s roof to unfurl a banner and the walls were spray-painted with obscenities, such as ‘F**k the police’ and ‘ACAB (All Cops Are B******s’.
Officers arrested several demonstrators and were able to disperse the crowds, setting up a chain-link fence around the police building.
Police said it was not immediately clear how much damage was done to the association building.
President Donald Trump’s administration in July deployed federal forces to Portland to crack down on the protests.
On Friday, he denounced the demonstrations as ‘crazy’ and said cities run by Democrats had descended into chaos. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is a Democrat.
Portland police said last week that they had declared riots 17 times between May 29 and August 19.