Portland, Oregon mayor declares state of emergency, imposes curfew as riots spread

City hit with violent protests across America

Published: May 30, 2020 3:34pm

Updated: May 30, 2020 4:18pm

Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler on Saturday declared a local state of emergency in his city and imposed a strict curfew, efforts meant to counteract the violent protests taking place there as part of a nationwide series of riots over the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd. 

Floyd died after police officers in Minneapolis on Monday arrested him and pinned him to the ground, with one officer kneeling on Floyd's neck while he screamed "I can't breathe!" Cities from Los Angeles to New York have seen rioting in response to that death. Minnesota's Minneapolis and St. Paul have both been ablaze for several days.

Protests in Portland turned violent overnight Saturday as rioters smashed businesses and set fires while clashing with police officers. Wheeler on Saturday said he "cannot condone last night's violence," nor "stand by and watch our city be destroyed, buildings set aflame." 

The mayor's curfew forbids outdoor travel between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Those who violate the order can face arrest and up to $500 in fines. 

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