PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The results of the 2020 presidential election did little to calm unrest in Portland.
A small group of people marched from Laurelhurst Park in Southeast Portland to the Multnomah County Democrats headquarters in the 3500 block of NE Sandy. The building was tagged with graffiti and broke “several of the building’s windows,” Portland police said in a release.
They then fled the scene toward Laurelhurst Park, but police “made targeted arrests” of some of the group.
Three people were charged with criminal mischief: James Walker Prettyman, 24; Maximillian Jennings, 22; and Thomas Mollrocek, 33, who also is charged with escape.
‘People working against us with propaganda’
Multnomah County Democrats Vice Chair Rachelle Dixon inspected the dozen broken windows, spray-painted graffiti of the anarchy symbol and “No good presidents.”
While the now-deleted social media posts originally promoting this event claimed to have been “anonymously organized” and “in solidarity with BLM,” Dixon said that’s a red flag.
“This sort of thing does not help us, so we know it’s people working against us with propaganda,” Dixon told KOIN 6 News. “And I want people to know that Black Lives Matter doesn’t work that way.”
Dixon, who has been an active leader of the BLM movement in Portland since 2016, said destruction is not a method toward racial or political justice.
“We’re working on legislation and police brutality. This gets us nowhere.”
As the election week comes to a close, she said everyone needs to be mindful of their actions.
“I think it will take some time to heal and I think it’s also helpful if we’re not sore losers — and if we’re also not sore winners,” she said.
In recent days, President-elect Biden talked about unity. But Dixons said it’s not that simple.
“I think that we have to pull together, as hard as that sounds. So I think the word ‘Unity’ comes too soon because it smacks of ‘Don’t tell me your pain, let’s get on the same page,'” she told KOIN 6 News.
Instead, this damage makes her realize there’s more work to be done.
“We’re all stressed out and we need to find outlets to do the work to make it feel like we’re improving the quality of life for everyone,” Dixon said. “Even the folks that didn’t vote for Biden.”