Portland police declared the latest clashes a “riot” but protesters say it’s been largely peaceful.
Nationwide protests against racial injustice continued over the weekend, with police departments from two major cities declaring an “unlawful assembly” and a “riot.”
In Richmond, Virginia, police declared an “unlawful assembly” where protesters marched to the police department headquarters. State police dispersed the group with what appeared to be tear gas after protesters ripped down police tape and had firecrackers and lasers, police said on Twitter.
In Portland, Oregon, city police declared a portion of the protests “a riot” after pepper-spraying protesters at the federal courthouse Saturday.
Here’s a look at what took place this weekend:
Richmond state police declared an “unlawful assembly” Saturday night and used what appeared to be tear gas to disperse a group of protesters. Six protesters were arrested on various charges, including unlawful assembly, rioting with a firearm and assault on a law enforcement officer.
The demonstration, which protesters named “Richmond Stands with Portland,” had been planned for days in solidarity with the protests in Portland, Oregon, where protesters and U.S. agents have had confrontations for more than a week.
The president of Virginia Commonwealth University said Sunday there has been more than $100,000 worth of damage done to the Monroe Park campus from Saturday’s protests. About 80 windows were shattered and several buildings were tagged with graffiti, VCU President Michael Rao told faculty, students and staff in a message.
Following a protest that was declared “a riot,” Seattle police arrested 45 protesters for failure to disperse, obstruction and assault on officers in the East Precinct. Officials said 21 officers were injured Saturday.
The protest began peacefully near downtown in solidarity with the demonstrations in Portland, Oregon. Demonstrators later damaged a King County youth detention facility and court facility, police said. Officers used flash bangs and pepper spray to disperse protesters who threw rocks, bottles and fireworks at them.
At least one person was killed in a shooting in downtown Austin, Texas, at night during a protest, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.
Garrett Foster, 28, was shot to death Saturday on Congress Avenue. According to multiple witnesses, the incident began around 9:50 p.m. when a driver on Fourth Street honked at the protesters, turned right and sped down Congress Avenue, driving through the crowd. He appeared to hit an orange barrier in the road and came to a stop, witnesses said.
Several protesters – including Foster, who was holding a rifle — approached the car, and Foster had his rifle pointed at the ground, witnesses said. The driver pointed his gun outside the window, fired several shots, then sped away, witnesses said. Other protesters with rifles also fired shots after the driver did, said witness Julian Salazar.
Austin police said they detained the person who fired the fatal shots. Police gave a brief statement at the scene and said the victim, who may have been carrying a rifle, approached the vehicle before the driver fired shots. Investigators confirmed they detained the suspect and said he is cooperating with officers. Police also said a person in the crowd may have opened fire on the car as it drove away.
– Katie Hall and Danny Davis, Austin-American Statesman
Federal agents pepper-sprayed hundreds of protesters during a raucous demonstration Saturday night outside the federal courthouse in Portland, which has seen 58 straight days of protests sparked by the Black Lives Matter social justice movement and the Memorial Day death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
After federal agents briefly retreated Saturday night into the courthouse, some protesters began rattling a fence encircling the federal building. Shortly after 1 a.m., protesters tore down a section but didn’t cross onto courthouse property. Federal agents eventually reemerged and pushed protesters several blocks away from the courthouse, firing tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd after Portland police declared the gathering a riot.
“The violent conduct of people downtown is creating grave risk of public alarm,” the Portland police department posted on its official Twitter account. “Portland Police have declared a riot on SW 3rd Ave. Leave the area to the west.”
Confrontations between activists and federal officers have escalated for more than a week in Portland, with some protesters throwing fireworks, bottles of water and other objects at the officers. Other protesters said that the gatherings were largely peaceful and that the federal officers were instigating the violence.
– Trevor Hughes
Eleven protesters were arrested Saturday, six of which were from the first part of the day and five from the night, said Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Lamont Washington.
Of the six arrested during the day, four were from Louisville and two were from Ohio and North Carolina, respectively. Their charges include First Degree evading, First Degree wanton endangerment, obstructing a roadway and interfering with a governmental operation.
Washington said protesters marched to Lynn Family Stadium from Jefferson Square Park and “some of the protesters forced entry into one of the stadium gates.” From there, Washington said, they went to the Big Four Bridge and blocked the road with cars, drove in the wrong direction and “began to throw bottles at police.”
– Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal
A fire was ignited inside the Alameda County Superior Courthouse late Saturday as hundreds in Oakland gathered to protest racial injustice.
Oakland Police tweeted that agitators at the demonstration broke down barricades, vandalized the police station and assaulted officers with “fireworks and dangerous projectiles.”
Several people were arrested, according to police.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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