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October 28 2020
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Portland Demonstrators Block Traffic, Light Fires
by Lloyd Gufferson - The Oregon Herald
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PORTLAND, Oregon - Last night outside the Justice Center in Downtown Portland, a group of demonstrators of about 100 people began standing in the street on Southwest 2nd Avenue between Southwest Madison and Southwest Main Street.

Some demonstrators sprayed paint onto the Central Precinct as well as dumping garbage near the entryways and exits to the sally port garage doors. Someone then set a fire in the intersection located at Southwest Main Street and Southwest 3rd Avenue.

Police gave warnings over loudspeaker advising the demonstrators that all streets are open to vehicular traffic. "You must immediately vacate the roadway and proceed to the sidewalk. If you remain in the roadway, you may be subject to arrest for Disorderly Conduct, Interfering with a Police Officer, and other State and City offenses. If you remain in the roadway and show the intent to engage in physical resistance to removal, or if emergency circumstances require, you may be subject to the use of force, including crowd control agents, tear gas, and impact weapons. Move to the sidewalk."

The crowd continued to block vehicular traffic on Southwest 2nd Avenue as well as Southwest 3rd Avenue at Southwest Main Street.

A passenger vehicle that may have belonged to the group stopped near the sally port doors and a passenger exited the vehicle and added accelerant to the fires. The vehicle was later stopped and the passenger was cited for reckless burning and arson 1.

Portland Police along with Portland Fire moved in to the area of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Main Street and Firefighters controlled the fire. After the fire was out, officers and firefighters left the area.

The following person was cited on listed charges: 18-year-old Rachel Lee Talbot was sited for Reckless Burning, Arson 1

The following people were arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on listed charges:

Reinhardt, Zachary, 29-year-old of Portland, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II Bowen, Justin, 25-year-old of Portland, Oregon, Reckless Burning