Authorities declared an unlawful assembly and made two arrests — including for felony assault of an officer — throughout a downtown protest on Tuesday evening, April 20.
The protest came after the announcement of a guilty on all charges decision in the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of murdering George Floyd, a Black man whose death last year encouraged an uprising in Portland that lasted for over 100 days without respite.
After flyers for the night's event were shared on social media, including by the Portland Police Bureau, demonstrators and more than a few national journalists assembled near the Multnomah County Justice Center.
Early in the night the crew, covered in black and numbering perhaps 100, approached members of the press with umbrellas extended, saying media endangered having their cameras destroyed if they persisted, and later spray-painted lines on the sidewalk on Southwest Main Street delineating a "press jail" for those covering the event.
Though no open confrontations broke out among the two sides after the crowd started to march away from the county jail around 9 p.m.
The windows of at least two Starbucks coffee shops were crushed, and fresh graffiti was applied in many places. The crowd was closely followed by police on bicycles who declared the assembly unlawful.
Violence broke out near a TriMet bus stop at Southwest Sixth Avenue and Jefferson Street, with one demonstrator landing a punch that connected with the face of a bike officer, thought to be Sgt. John Oliphant, sending him sprawling onto the ground. Officers then tackled the 36-year-old demonstrator and struck him many times, later announcing he was charged with assaulting a public safety officer and other offenses.
Another demonstrator taken into custody near the bus stop around 10:05 p.m. was blamed for smashing windows, and was supposedly arrested "with (a) glass punch tool and cans of spray paint" on his person, according to a PPB press release.
"One thing to note, the area affected by the criminal activity was contained within a few blocks of downtown Portland," police announced. "This is not to minimize the impact to those who were victimized by the property damage, as we take any damage seriously."
There were no noticeable crowds celebrating downtown immediately after the judgment was published earlier in the day.
In an interview in Pioneer Courthouse Square, Beaverton resident Lisa Dayson, 50, explained she'd been watching the Chauvin trial live since the beginning.
"I was glad to see the (jurors) being sane, actually weighing the real evidence and found him guilty," Dayson said. "As a white woman, I don't know how to feel for everybody in society, but I'm glad it came out the right way."