Police made two dozen arrests late Monday night into early Tuesday morning following another violent demonstration in Portland, where protesters sprayed five officers with a chemical irritant and assaulted a Portland police sergeant.
Authorities responded to an unpermitted march on Monday night, observing activists equipped with shields, body armor, and helmets.
“The posture of the gathering suggested that it would become violent, as many such gatherings have been over the past 120-plus days,” the Portland Police Bureau reported.
Officers “moved into the park and seized numerous shields,” leading to some arrests. Authorities warned protesters to refrain from blocking traffic and informed them that the sidewalk in front of the Portland Police Bureau remained closed, to no avail. Protesters still attempted to block streets, prompting officer action, which was met with “violent resistance.”