While multiple protests during the day remained peaceful, a group of protesters that had remained peaceful until that point marched toward the Portland Police Association (PPA) Office, the police union, at around 9:50 p.m. Support vehicles moved alongside the rioters, illegally blocking all other vehicle traffic, Portland Police reported.
Rioters “erected a fence, pushed dumpsters into the street to block traffic, set a dumpster on fire, vandalized the PPA office with spray paint, and destroyed security cameras.” At around 11:35 p.m., antifa rioters broke a police union window, barged in, and started a fire with what looks like burning cardboard or pieces of paper. Police released footage of the fire. . . .
In what seems the most terrifying part of the incident, the antifa rioters threatened to burn down a man’s house — seemingly for the crime of looking out his window and perhaps asking them to quiet down.
As the man pops his head out, the crowd chants, “Black Lives Matter!”
One of the rioters shouts, “You’ve really internalized capitalism if you’re more worried about getting a good night’s sleep so you can f***ing work. F*ck you!”
“Black Lives Matter!” the crowd chants again.
One voice shouts, “We’re gonna burn your building down!”
“Black Lives Matter!” the crowd chats again.
One woman taunts, “We know where you live!”
Related: Federal officers in Portland suffered 113 eye injuries from lasers, DHS official says. Nothing says “peaceful” like deliberately inflicting permanent bodily harm.
The demonstrators said they tried talking to the neighbors to grant them entry but they refused. Instead, the neighbors erected barricades and displayed firearms making them feel unsafe. The demonstrators said they were innocent and that the neighbors were the “aggressors.”
However, the police chief was thankful to her neighbors for preventing the crowd from trespassing and engaging in illegal behavior despite their numerous attempts to do so.
Additionally, she wrote a letter to the city council asking the elected officials to address the intimidation of public officers by the BLM protesters. Best added that the actions of the protesters went against the country’s democratic principles and that elected officials must stop the practice before it becomes the trend locally and countrywide.