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Portland police precinct set on fire during protest

Portland police precinct set on fire during protest
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A police precinct in Portland, Ore., was set on fire by protesters after police declared a riot Sunday night, police said. 

The event was declared a riot shortly after 11 p.m. and demonstrators were directed to leave the area with warnings that failure to disperse may subject them to arrest or crowd control agents, police said in a release.

As officers were preparing to move the crowd, someone lit a canopy against the building on fire and the fire began to burn the side of the building, police said. 

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As officers on the roof tried to put out the fire, “multiple people pelted the officers with rocks,” and a second awning was also lit on fire close to a tree that caused damage before it was extinguished, police said. 

Around 11:30 p.m. Portland police said they deployed CS gas “due to the extreme threat to life and safety” and arrests were made. 

“Officers pulled back but within minutes the crowd began to return,” police said, and officers made another effort to move the protesters away at 12:30 a.m. with more arrests made. Officers made a third effort to move the crowd at 1:17 a.m., police said.

Police did not say Monday morning how many arrests had been made. 

Protests have been occurring nightly in Portland for months, sparked by the Memorial Day police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Protesters on Sunday night chanted several things including “Jacob Blake,” The Associated Press reported.

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