Video footage uploaded on Twitter by several users showed a fire burning at the entrance to the building.
Rioters were also viewed shooting off Roman candles at the building. And a little fire was seen in the ICE building’s driveway, footage revealed. The people were then seen putting wood and pallets on top of the small fire. According to one person who shared, “many windows have been smashed.”
Freelance journalist Chris Landis announced that police and protesters stood outside of the ICE building. Federal agents reportedly used pepper balls in order to disperse the rioters, according to freelance journalists on the scene.
Later, he wrote: “The ICE building has been set on fire.”
Left-wing protesters and rioters from the anarcho-communist network Antifa have, for years, targeted the ICE building in Portland including during last year’s summer riots. In 2018, a vigil at Portland’s ICE headquarters transformed into a tent city-like campsite with several hundreds of people nostalgic of the Occupy Wall Street protests about a decade ago.
On Friday, a small number of protesters broke windows of a Portland contracting company, Rapid Response Bio Clean, that has been previously employed to clean up debris left after riots or unlawful encampments.
“No arrests were made, but the investigation is still ongoing,” said Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Kevin Allen, according to the Portland Tribune. “We ask that anyone who has information about who is responsible for the criminal mischief to email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Reports recommended that several windows were shattered at a local Chase Bank location and other buildings.
Last week, firefighters and police responded to a clear arson attack at the Portland Police Union building. No one was arrested that time.
On a different occasion, Multnomah County commissioners sent a letter to the White House asking that federal agents stop using tear gas against rioters.
“Over the past year, tear gas has been deployed by law enforcement agencies on multiple occasions in response to protests across Multnomah County, including in residential neighborhoods and parks. This indiscriminate use of chemical weapons does not just affect protestors, but also harms neighbors who are unwittingly exposed in their own homes,” they wrote.
Activists got angered at the city's outdoor camp removal policy in recent days, with a resumed push to prevent the sweep of 15 tents at Laurelhurst Park just five months since the last eviction defense ultimately petered out.
Activists held a demonstration at the park on March 30, Willamette Week reported.
On April 5, the city's Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Program removed campers from downtown Chapman Square, driving some protesters to gather nearby, KOIN 6 News reported.
Activists also have staged a new "Tarpee"-style homeless camp, called Jacob Barns' Landing, along the Peninsula Crossing Trail in North Portland, KGW reported April 8.