Protests in Portland, Seattle lead to more than a dozen arrests
More than a dozen people were arrested by cops in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle during another night of unrest that included flags burned and objects thrown at officers, authorities said.
Hundreds of people were gathered in downtown Portland when authorities declared the demonstration an unlawful assembly just before midnight, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities said the group became “hostile” to officers trying to clear the street.
“During multiple attempts to disengage, full cans, rocks and other objects were thrown at officers,” the agency wrote on Twitter.
“Officers have made more than a dozen arrests.”
No further details were provided about the arrests, but authorities warned those demonstrating to “stay in the park and on the sidewalks.”
Photos showed the crowd at a park near the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse, where one protester was seen burning an American flag.
Meanwhile, Seattle police ordered protesters to disperse around 7 p.m. Saturday as they “wound their way through the city causing damage along the way,” news station KCPQ reported.
At least seven people were arrested after dumpsters were set on fire less than a block from the department’s East Precinct, the outlet reported.
Police shared photos from the demonstrations that showed vandalism to City Hall and windows to shopping centers smashed.
In New York City, protesters clashed with NYPD in the West Village, as stunned outdoor diners witnessed the chaotic scene. “Multiple” people were arrested for disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration, a police spokesman said.
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