Demonstrators, Federal Officers Clash During Another Night of Rioting in Portland

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber is a senior reporter for The Epoch Times based in Maryland. He covers U.S. and world news.
July 25, 2020Updated: July 26, 2020

Federal officers emerged from a U.S. courthouse in Portland overnight and fired tear gas, after demonstrators used an electric saw and other power tools to try to take down fencing erected around the building.

The crowd—estimated by some at 3,000 or more—also tried toppling the fence with brute force as others launched fireworks at the courthouse, ignoring repeated warnings to disperse before the federal response.

Rioting started in Oregon’s largest city in late May and has continued virtually nonstop each night since then.

Unlike previous nights, many in the crowd refused to disperse when tear gas and other crowd control munitions were used. Federal officers initially stayed inside the fenced-in area outside the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse as the crowd hurled projectiles at them.

In a new wrinkle, officers came equipped with leaf blowers, using them to blow back tear gas that rioters blew towards them with their own machines.

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Federal police guard the the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse in Portland, Ore., late July 24, 2020. (Kathryn Elsesser/AFP via Getty Images)

Around 2 a.m., a siren warning said that an officer “has been hurt.” A stabbing also occurred in the area.

Early Saturday, the Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly and ordered demonstrators to disperse immediately or face arrest or riot control agents like tear gas and impact weapons.

Most of the crowd dispersed by 3 a.m. as Portland police officers helped control the streets outside the courthouse.

The bureau was ordered this week not to cooperate with federal officers. Bureau officers had not engaged the rioters for most of the week.

Bowen Xiao contributed to this report.