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Riot Declared After Violent, Destructive Crowd Gathers Downtown

Story by Oregon Herald Staff
Published on November 20, 2021 7:38 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon - A riot was declared after a violent, destructive group began to breach the gate into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC).

On Friday, November 19, 2021 at about 7:00p.m., Portland Police learned that a group had gathered at Southwest Main Street near Southwest 2nd Avenue blocking traffic. A passing driver called and said someone in the group broke his vehicle's window.

A short time later the group focused its attention on a metal gate securing a ramp leading to the MCDC. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) personnel responded and declared a riot. For more on this, see the MCSO press release

To assist our law enforcement partners, a Portland Police vehicle equipped with a loudspeaker was used to warn the crowd and give the rioters direction to leave. The messages were also disseminated on the Bureau's demonstration messaging Twitter page, @ppbalerts.

Vandals broke the windows of the city print shop on Southwest Madison Street between Southwest 2nd Avenue and Southwest 1st Avenue (photos). A patrol sergeant vehicle's rear hatch window was shattered (photos) at Southwest 1st Avenue and Southwest Madison Street. Additional vandalism was done to the Justice Center building (photos).

One arrest was made for a warrant. Another person was criminally cited. Officers also stopped vehicles associated with the group. Five citations and 17 warnings were issued.

Investigations into other crimes committed are underway. If anyone has any information, please e-mail and reference case number 21-324259.