Police in Portland, Oregon, announced Saturday that a Friday night demonstration that began as a march in the city’s Northwest District had turned into a riot after participants started blocking roads, destroying windows, spraying graffiti and breaking into a restaurant.
According to a Portland Police news release, the event advertised on social media as an “autonomous demonstration” started around 9:00 p.m. local time in Couch Park with 75 participants.
Most of them wore all-black attire to make it difficult for cops to identify wrongdoers in the crowd, the release stated.
Coffee shop window graffiti: pic.twitter.com/x2RQYlozFJ
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) April 24, 2021
According to the release, 15 minutes into the demonstration, at around 9:15 p.m., police received reports of windows getting broken and of graffiti.
Some of the participants barged into a restaurant