Protests continue downtown following BLM demonstration in SE Portland

2020 Protests

Protests block SW 3rd in downtown Portland outside of the Justice Center on July 9, 2020. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Protests against racial injustice around Portland continued for the 43rd night on Thursday.

In downtown Portland, about 100 demonstrators gathered outside of the Multnomah County Justice Center. KOIN 6 News witnessed some fireworks being lit nearby, and some demonstrators blocked SW Third outside of the Justice Center with opened umbrellas bearing the names of Black people killed in police-involved shootings. Some were also seen clearing broken glass and trash from the street.

Earlier on Thursday, about a dozen protesters gathered in a Southeast Portland park after police announced they were investigating a potential bias crime.

The protest at Lents Park started at about 5:30 p.m. A group of about 50 people, young and old, started marching shortly after 6. They marched down Southeast 92nd Avenue before circling back to Lents Park.

Portland police are still investigating after a Black man told officers two white men attacked him with a baseball bat on July 3.

There have been nightly protests against racial injustice in Portland since May 28 in response to the killing of George Floyd.

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