Night 95: Fire set in apartment building, 19 arrests

2020 Protests

Sunday night resulted in 29 arrests outside of the Penumbra Kelly Building

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Police said a fire was lit inside a residential apartment building and 19 people were arrested during another riot in Northwest Portland on Monday night.

Monday marked the 95th consecutive night of protests in the city. Upwards of 200 people gathered outside the presumed home of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in Northwest Portland’s Pearl District.

Organizers asked protesters to gather in the North Park Blocks Monday evening starting at 8 p.m. They later marched a few blocks to a condominium complex in the Pearl District where they believe Mayor Ted Wheeler resides. By 11 p.m., the group was burning picnic tables and debris in the street as some set off fireworks. Police said people were seen vandalizing and even burglarizing a business, taking out furniture and throwing it in the fires on the street — yet officers stayed back “in an attempt to deescalate.”

Some individuals in the crowd were holding balloons and wearing party hats in a sardonic nod to Wheeler’s birthday. Many had signs calling for the mayor’s resignation.

Traffic was blocked near NW 10th and Glisan. Portland police went into the area shortly after 11 p.m. and issued warnings before declaring an unlawful assembly. Just a few minutes later, officers witnessed an individual throw burning material through a broken window of a large, occupied apartment building.

Police then declared a riot and ordered the group to immediately leave the area or face possible arrest, tear gas and impact weapons.

The crowd refused to budge despite the riot declaration. As police moved the crowd and made arrests, some officers were hit with paintballs and rocks while a dumpster fire was lit nearby. Officers continued to work on dispersing any returning crowd over the next few hours while making several more targeted arrests.

By 2 a.m., the majority of the crowd had dwindled. Portland police said although they used some crowd control munitions throughout the night, no tear gas was deployed.

On Tuesday, PPB Chief Chuck Lovell said an apartment building was broken into and a fire was lit inside of it overnight.

“Over the past several weeks, we have seen arson at occupied police precincts as well as the PPA office which is tucked into a residential neighborhood,” Lovell said in a statement. “Last night marked yet another escalation of the senseless violence. The families that live inside have done absolutely nothing to provoke a threat to their lives.

“As I’ve stated repeatedly, the nightly violence is coming at increased cost. It is not only that occupied buildings are being targeted. Gun violence is skyrocketing. Emergency calls for service are not being answered. This is impacting the safety of our entire City and urgent action is needed. Our elected officials need to do their part to draw a line in the sand and to hold people accountable. The violent behavior must end.”

A total of 19 arrests were made. Those arrested and their subsequent charges were listed as follows:

Arrests made overnight

  • Giacomozzi, Kyle, 37, of Happy Valley, Oregon — Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Johnson, Alexandra, 28, of Portland – Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Shearer, Cody, 28, of Beaverton, Oregon – Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Varty, Victoria, 30, of Portland – Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Myles, Rachel, 34, of Portland – Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Babb, Christopher (booked under the name Doe, John), 45, unknown residence – Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer, Riot, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Long, Scott, 48, of Portland – Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Grundmeyer, Tina, 53, of Portland — Riot, Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Burns, Isabel, 24, of Portland – Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • White, Deven, 29, of Portland – Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Sutterfield, Trapper, 24, of Portland – Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Stanford, Garret, 29, of Portland – Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Rowe, Isaac, 25, of Portland – Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest
  • Bennington, Ellen, 20, of Vancouver, Washington – Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Campbell, Arianna, 19, of Portland – Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Police Officer
  • Hess, Damian, 21, of Portland — Criminal Mischief in the First Degree
  • Cited in lieu of custody:
    Ferreira, Dustin, 36, of Portland – Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Juvenile, 17, of Portland – Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Police Officer, Escape in the Third Degree
  • One person has not yet been booked and therefore is not identified here

Sunday night resulted in 29 arrests outside of the Penumbra Kelly Building, a police facility in Southeast Portland. Most were charged with disorderly conduct or interfering with a peace officer, and sometimes both; however, one protester was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

Tensions have risen in the city since the shooting death of a 39-year-old man on Saturday night near a pro-Trump caravan rally and counterprotests. The man, identified as Aaron J. Danielson, was a supporter of Patriot Prayer, according to the right-wing group’s leader Joey Gibson. Police have not released information on a suspect.

The violence on Saturday has since put Portland back in the national spotlight, as Trump and Biden began to use the nationwide protests, some of which have been violent since the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as a litmus test for their candidacy.

Meanwhile, Gov. Brown’s plan to address the unrest, but to not deter First Amendment rights, has been met with opposition by the sheriffs of Clackamas and Washington counties, both of whom said on Monday afternoon they were not consulted before Brown’s office published the plan Sunday evening. A spokesperson for Brown said the governor’s “plan to protect free speech and bring the violence and arson to an end in Portland is meant to allow for local flexibility in supporting each other as we all collectively deal with the difficult situation in Portland.”

Also on Monday, Daryl Turner, Portland’s police union president, called for Portland City Council to adopt a “zero tolerance” policy regarding the protests when they grow violent.

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