Vandals start fire near Justice Center in downtown Portland

  • Source: KOIN-TV NBC 6 Portland
  • Published: 04/22/2021 12:00 AM

VIDEO: A few dozen people once again took to the streets of downtown Portland to damage property on Wednesday night. The same organizers behind Tuesday’s mayhem in a small portion of downtown called for more of the same with a “direct action” event starting at Chapman Square Park. About 20 people gathered near the Justice Center and a fire was lit in the intersection of SW 3rd and Main around 8:30 p.m. Firefighters monitored the fire from a distance but it didn’t grow. A burn ban is in effect for Multnomah County due to dry weather. Around 40 people dressed in black were in the area about an hour later, blocking traffic at SW 2nd and Main. Some people in the group spray-painted the walls of the Justice Center and pointed red lasers at the security cameras on the building, police said. The group marched through downtown Portland at 10 p.m., damaging a crosswalk signal at SW 2nd and Madison.


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