Portland Rioters Torch Pig Head, American and Trump Flags; Speakers Call for Abolishing Police, Prisons

A pigs head burns during a protest against racial injustice and police brutality in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 30, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Federal officers began a phased withdrawal from the city Thursday, following weeks of violent clashes with protesters. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty …
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Portland police declared a riot again Wednesday night as rioters burned a severed pig’s head, an American flag and a Trump flag, and threatened and injured officers with a wide range of weapons – including rocks, bottles, fireworks and cans of paint.

Local television station KGW reported that a riot was called shortly before midnight:

Protesters gathered Wednesday night at Chapman Square near the Justice Center as demonstrations continued in Portland for an 11th straight week since the killing of George Floyd. A post on social media said the group is calling for the total abolition of the prison system and the police.

According to independent journalist Garrison Davis, the crowd size in downtown was about 400 people at about 10:20 p.m. People were mostly standing around and listening to speeches.

Around 10:40 p.m., 150-200 members of the crowd walked up to the federal courthouse which still has a fence surrounding the building, independent journalist Cory Elia tweeted. Police said members of the crowd launched fireworks towards the fence and started a fire outside the building.


As Breitbart News reported, earlier this week Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said he would not prosecute many of those arrested during the riots.

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