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Police arrest 2 as Portland protests again turn violent

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Portland police on Tuesday declared an unlawful assembly and arrested multiple people amid a protest held after jurors convicted Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, a Black man who died after the former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes.
Portland police on Tuesday declared an unlawful assembly and arrested multiple people amid a protest held after jurors convicted Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, a Black man who died after the former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes. Photo Gallery

PORTLAND — Police arrested two people Tuesday night in downtown Portland, Oregon, after a large group of people marched through the streets and smashed windows of businesses, including different Starbucks locations.

The city has seen repeated protests and vandalism since George Floyd’s death last May. Earlier Tuesday Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a state of emergency for the verdict at the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin. A Minneapolis jury found Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter for pinning Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck.

KOIN reports people began gathering around 7 p.m. Tuesday to “celebrate George’s life” outside the Justice Center in downtown Portland.

At its peak, police estimated there were about 150 people who blocked roads in the area of the Hatfield Courthouse. One man was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief. Police said a second man scuffled with officers and arrested on charges that included assaulting apublic safety officer and assault.

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