Unrest continues in Portland, OR as police declare a riot on the 87th consecutive night of protests.
Portland police were seeking video Sunday of a fatal shooting on the embattled Oregon city’s streets after Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with Trump supporters in a caravan hundreds of vehicles long.
President Donald Trump responded with a Twitter barrage aimed at social justice protesters, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and top Democrats in Congress.
It was not immediately clear whether the shooting was related to the confrontations. Homicide detectives said they were aware of videos circulating on social media that showed the shooting Saturday night.
“If anyone can provide information about this case, I ask them to please reach out to our detectives, Police Chief Chuck Lovell said. “This violence is completely unacceptable and we are working diligently to find and apprehend the individual or individuals responsible.”
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Officers responded to fights, disturbances and collisions throughout downtown and made some arrests Saturday night, police said. By about 8:30 p.m. local time, the caravan of vehicles, part of a Trump rally held at Clackamas earlier in the day, had left downtown. The shooting took place about 15 minutes later.
Photos from the scene showed the victim wearing a Patriot Prayer hat. The right-wing group has involved in several demonstrations in the city. Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson told The Oregonian he had seen the photo but did not say whether he knew the person.
“I have to figure out what the hell is going on,” Gibson told the newspaper.
Trump urged local leaders to call in the National Guard. Residents of Portland and other cities led by Democrats are disgusted with their leadership and with top Democrats in Washington, Trump said.
“Wheeler is incompetent, much like Sleepy Joe Biden,” Trump tweeted. “This is not what our great Country wants. They want Safety & Security, and do NOT want to Defund our Police!”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, condemned all violent protests in an appearance on on ABC News’ “This Week.”
“I don’t care who’s engaging in it, you condemn it,” she said. “And, of course, Joe Biden has clearly condemned it. But … this isn’t just happening in one place. It’s happening all over the country. It is happening under Donald Trump’s watch.”
Portland has been the scene of sometimes violent protests on an almost nightly basis since Memorial Day, when the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in police custody prompted protests nationwide.
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Early Saturday, fires set outside a police union building that is a frequent site for protests prompted police to declare a riot. At least one dumpster had also been set on fire in a nearby street.
The event in Clackamas hours later drew about 1,000 cheering, flag-waving Trump supporters.
“This rally is not a protest,” Alex Kyzik, an organizer, told the crowd, according to The Oregonian. “This rally is a celebration of a great president.”
Trump has repeatedly railed against Portland’s leadership in recent weeks. Speaking at the Republican National Convention last week, the president held up Portland as an example of a far-left city drowning in violence – and in need of his law-and-order, get-tough policies.
Klobuchar, however, cited an increase in hate crimes and growing dissatisfaction with social injustice during Trump’s tenure in the White House.
“What is going on? We have innocent people like George Floyd shot by police,” Klobuchar said. “We are not safe in Donald Trump’s America.”
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