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Portland Police Association office was set on fire, officials say

Officers were taunted and police vehicles vandalized on Saturday night, according to the Portland Police Bureau

Updated: July 20, 2020 - 10:51am

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Amid unrest in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, people broke into the Portland Police Association office and set it ablaze, officials said. 

"At about 10:45 p.m., people broke into the PPA office and within a few moments ignited a fire inside," according to a statement from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). Authorities quenched the flames, but other incidents continued, the bureau reported.

"A large number of people regrouped near North Interstate Avenue and North Lombard Street," the PPB noted. "Portland Police Officers moved the crowd to the south on North Interstate Avenue. As they did, people in the crowd threw rocks, gopher gassers, and launched paint filled balloons at officers. Some officers were injured." 

The PPB said that earlier on Saturday evening, police were taunted, and vehicles were vandalized.

"One group began at Peninsula Park and walked to the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct blocking streets as they went. At around 8:35 p.m., hundreds gathered on the south side of the precinct in a parking lot," the bureau noted. "Some people tampered with gates, broke patrol vehicle windows, and vandalized patrol vehicles. People taunted officers as they arrived to work."

The association whose building was set afire claims that it is "the oldest continuous police union in the United States."