American News Apr 14, 2021 6:46 AM EST

Rioters set Portland police union headquarters on fire during second night of unrest

The rioters blocked traffic, vandalized the building and shot fireworks at police before lighting the building on fire Tuesday night.

Rioters set Portland police union headquarters on fire during second night of unrest
Ari Hoffman Seattle, WA
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A group of about 100 rioters marched to the Portland police union headquarters in North Portland Tuesday night, in response to the officer involved shooting death of Daunte Wright.

The rioters blocked traffic, vandalized the building and shot fireworks at police before lighting the building on fire Tuesday night. According to Portland Police, rioters appeared to be using accelerants on a door to ignite the fire.

For the second night in a row, police declared a riot. The fire department responded and extinguished the blaze. According to KATU, the police reported arresting one person.

According to police, the rioters marched from a "direct action" event, which was publicized on BLM and Antifa social media channels, at nearby Kenton Park earlier in the evening. Following the riot activists returned to Kenton Park. Many were seen entering vehicles and leaving the area.

Police called Monday night’s riot a "planned, coordinated attack." According to KATU rioters lit fires, shattered windows, threw rocks and shot ball bearings at officers with slingshots near the Penumbra Kelly Building.

The unrest was reminiscent of the violence in the city last spring and summer, following the death of George Floyd. Antifa and BLM rioted for over 120 consecutive nights in the city.

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