Riot declared outside Portland public safety building

Police forced protesters away from a law enforcement building early Sunday in Portland.

Posted: Aug 23, 2020 9:28 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)-- Police forced protesters away from a law enforcement building early Sunday in Portland.

News outlets report demonstrators apparently had plans to march from a park to the building. Then, a standoff between the group and officers took place on a bridge along the way and the demonstrators retreated.

But, they later showed up at the building anyways. Police say officers were hit with rocks, bottles, and other objects. A riot was declared. The unrest followed dueling demonstrations by right-wing and left-wing protesters that turned violent Saturday afternoon.

Violent demonstrations have gripped Portland for months following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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