In the recently designated “anarchist jurisdiction” of Portland, a rioter threw a Molotov cocktail at police officers on Wednesday night, striking an officer, as riots broke out across the United States following the latest development in the Breonna Taylor case.
The Portland Police Bureau reported that approximately 75 people gathered on the Central Precinct of the Justice Center and “began throwing softball sized rocks towards the Central Precinct which shattered the glass windows above the entry doors,” the department stated.
“The group continued to throw rocks through the windows which continued to shatter glass in the entryway of Central Precinct making it difficult for officers to safely exit the precinct due to the glass falling and the glass that covered the entryway floor. Once the window was broken, group members used slingshots to launch projectiles at a high velocity through the broken glass windows of Central Precinct. Some members of the group attempted to break into the front doors of the Central Precinct lobby.”
The department stated that the group’s “criminal behaviour” continued after a riot had been declared and protesters were ordered to leave the area. https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/1309054313541632003
“Officers began to disperse the crowd outside of Central Precinct again and a Molotov cocktail was thrown towards officers striking one in the foot,” the statement continued. “A Portland Fire Medic was nearby and able to extinguish the flames. Had this incendiary not been stopped immediately, it could have caused serious physical injury to the officer. A second Molotov cocktail was thrown towards officers near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Main Street, and a third Molotov cocktail was thrown at officers near Southwest Broadway and Southwest Main Street. As the crowd was dispersed they aggressively threw rocks at officers and other projectiles.”
Portland police stated that the rioters threw large rocks and cans of soup, and shined laser-pointers towards law enforcement officers’ eyes.
Earlier this week, the U.S Department of Justice announced that Portland has been designated as one of three “anarchist jurisdictions” in the United States, in light of how certain states have handled civil unrest.
The designation was granted as the Trump Administration is reportedly reviewing plans to strip those designated from federal taxpayer money due to the mishandling of riots.
The DOJ released a set of criteria that is being followed to make the determination of which cities will be designated as “anarchist jurisdictions”.
- Whether a jurisdiction has withdrawn law enforcement protection from a geographical area or structure that law enforcement officers are lawfully entitled to access but have been officially prevented from accessing or permitted to access only in exceptional circumstances, except when law enforcement officers are briefly withheld as a tactical decision intended to resolve safely and expeditiously a specific and ongoing unlawful incident posing an imminent threat to the safety of individuals or law enforcement officers.
- Whether a jurisdiction disempowers or defunds police departments.
- Whether a jurisdiction unreasonably refuses to accept offers of law enforcement assistance from the Federal Government.
- Any other related factors the Attorney General deems appropriate.
The DOJ released the following details on Portland:
- This month, Portland marked 100 consecutive nights of protests marred by vandalism, chaos, and even killing.
- Those bent on violence regularly started fires, threw projectiles at law enforcement officers, and destroyed property. Numerous law enforcement officers, among others, suffered injury.
- Shootings increased by more than 140% in June and July 2020 compared to the same period last year.
- In the midst of this violence, the Portland City Council cut $15 million from the police bureau, eliminating 84 positions. Crucially, the cuts included the Gun Violence Reduction Team, which investigates shootings, and several positions from the police team that responds to emergency incidents.
- In August, Portland Mayor Wheeler sent a letter to President Trump expressly rejecting the Administration’s offer of federal law enforcement to stop the violent protests.