‘Terribly upsetting’: Portland takes in riot damage


Broken glass, graffiti and ash surrounded the Justice Center the day after Fourth of July protests turned into a riot

A Portland woman looks at the vandalized statue depicting a pioneer family in Chapman Square, July 5, 2020 (Hannah Ray Lambert(

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Early Sunday afternoon, people milled about downtown Portland, pausing to take photos of broken glass, graffiti, and ashes around the Justice Center and neighboring parks. One woman even broke down in tears while looking at the burned and damaged pioneer family statue in Chapman Square.

“We have a sinful history that we need to fix,” Chris said. But the nightly vandalism has been “terribly upsetting” for those who live near downtown Portland.

Portland Police declared a riot Saturday night after protesters threw bricks, mortars, M-80s, and fireworks, lit fires, smashed windows, and clashed with police and federal officers who used tear gas and other crowd-control tactics to disperse the group by 4:30 a.m. Sunday. A total of 13 people were arrested.

Chris said she is “in complete agreement” with the protests, but is saddened by the tactics.

“My heartbreaking moment is the way that anyone that would take pause with that would choose to burn it down, rather than we need to work these things out, we need to talk to each other,” she said.

July 5, 2020 riot damage (Warning. Explicit content)

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