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Weekend protests in Portland, Austin, other U.S. cities marked by violence, with one person dead

Officers at protest in Portland, Oregon, find bag with rifle magazines, Molotov cocktails

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Rioters and police stand off earlier this month in Portland, Ore.
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Updated: July 27, 2020 - 8:28am

The Facts Inside Our Reporter’s Notebook


Police in Portland this past weekend found a bag containing loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails in a park in which protests have continued for the past 60 days. 

Officers found the bag Sunday during a protest that U.S. agents declared an unlawful assembly. They released tear gas, pepper balls and flash bangs, while protesters climbed the fence surrounding the nearby courthouse and shot fireworks into the open. 

In Austin, police identified an armed protester who was killed by gunfire Saturday night by an individual who had driven into a crowd protesting police violence. Garrett Foster, 28, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital, according to an Associated Press report.

Foster's mother, Sheila Foster, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that her son and his fiancée had been participating in the protests "almost every day for the past 50 days."

In Oakland, California, protesters donning helmets and goggles set a courthouse ablaze and vandalized a police station, while shooting fireworks at police officers. 

Violent demonstrators threw rocks, frozen water bottles, and ceramic paint-filled balls through the windows of the courthouse, federal building and police building. 

A similarly violent protest broke out in California's capital city of Sacramento late on Saturday. 

In Richmond, Virginia, at a protest in support of Portland protestors, a group set a city dump truck on fire and damaged surrounding edifices during a face-off with the police. At close to 11 p.m. on Saturday, city cops declared the assembly "unlawful" and deployed tear gas. 

In Aurora, Colorado, a protestor was shot in the suburbs when a car drove through a crowd of demonstrations walking on Interstate 225. The individual is in stable condition. 

Colorado protestors also smashed windows to the city's courthouse and started a fire in a local office, on Saturday. 

The United States is now entering its second straight month of daily protests around the nation, following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died on May 25 in Minneapolis while in police custody. 

The protests, which are far ranging in size and geographic location, have been touted by the media and some mayors as "mostly peaceful." Though, in major cities, demonstrations have consistently turned violent and destructive. For the past several weeks, the Trump administration has been working with local governments to dispatch federal forces to quell the wave of violence sweeping the nation's streets.