More riots break out in Portland, on anniversary of George Floyd's death

The scene was declared a riot as 10 p.m. Tuesday night and at least five arrests were made.
 Portland police stand guard as tensions rise with a small group of protesters on April 20, 2021.

May 26, 2021 11:03am

Updated: May 26, 2021 4:01pm

Over 200 people joined late-night riots in Portland on Tuesday, the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death.

Police said the rioters vandalized businesses and launched fireworks and large objects at police officers. Police said at least five people were arrested on charges including criminal mischief.

In Minneapolis, where Floyd died May 25, 2020, while in police custody, shots were fired where Floyd was killed, an intersection renamed George Floyd Square to recognize his death.

Portland has continuously seen violent outbreaks against police officers during the past year and riot-related damage costing millions of dollars.

Tuesday's mob smashed up stores including Starbucks, a credit union and a jewelry store and attempted to burn down the city’s Justice Center, according to news reports.

The demonstrators mostly wore black and had gas masks with them. They formed rows to barrage the police and left metal spikes on the ground to prevent firefighters from quickly getting to the man-made fires demolishing some structures.

“People threw frozen water bottles, glass bottles, eggs and metal spikes at officers and fired mortar-style fireworks at officers,” the police said.

At 10 p.m., the scene was declared a riot by officials because of the “violent and tumultuous conduct of the crowd,” police also said.