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Portland Riots Read-out: August 4

Release Date: 
August 4, 2020

Bottom line:

After weeks of rioting and nightly attacks on federal officers and property, activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse continues in an overall trend of diminishing violence. While violent criminal activity persists elsewhere in Portland, Monday night marked the second straight night during which rioters did not attack federal property or officers. 

This drastic and welcome change from previous weeks is directly attributable to the long-awaited cooperation from state and local law enforcement, which assisted with clearing the parks where rioters daily staged their nightly siege. Currently, local and state law enforcement address violence on the streets while working with the surged federal presence to protect and defend federal property.

The past 24 hours:

No significant activity was directed at federal facilities and personnel overnight. The crowd near the courthouse, which peaked at around 50 people, dissipated by 12:30 a.m. local time, and remained largely peaceful through the evening.

One individual jumped over the courthouse fence and immediately jumped back before he could be apprehended. 

There were no reported DHS arrests, injuries to DHS officers, or damage to federal property.

On the other side of the Willamette River from the courthouse, Local Law Enforcement declared an unlawful assembly at a building used by local law enforcement. According to PPB, approximately 200 individuals marched to the building. Later, rioters assaulted officers with hard projectiles, a tactic previously employed against federal personnel. There was no federal law enforcement involvement in this incident.

Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to an approximately 20-person fight two blocks away from the courthouse on the other side of a nearby city park. Violence was directed at uniformed OSP officers during the incident.

Last Published Date: August 4, 2020
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