PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A small group of people gathered in Northeast Portland has damaged and spray painted properties in the area, prompting the Portland Police Bureau to begin issuing directives over loudspeaker.
The group gathered at the North Precinct, near MLK Jr. Boulevard and Emerson, around 9 p.m. PPB closed NE Emerson to all traffic — cars and people — between NE 6th and MLK.
The targets of the spray painting so far have been the Boys and Girls Club and Multnomah County Services Building, PPB said.
Previous “direct action” events have often turned violent and destructive throughout the last year in Portland.
On Thursday night, a group called for an “autonomous demonstration” to begin at Fields Park in the Pearl District as a celebration since “RRT resigned.” Only between 20 to 30 people marched through the Pearl District streets starting around 10:30 p.m.
KOIN 6 News witnessed a confrontation between business owners, residents and demonstrators outside The Fields Bar & Grill. But no violence or destruction was reported.
Earlier Friday, the Proud Boys and antifa clashed at Clackamette Park in Oregon City in what quickly escalated into a riot. Minor injuries were reported but no one was arrested.