Molotov Attack on Police in Renewed Uprising in Portland

Published September 25, 2020

Molotov Attack on Police in Renewed Uprising in Portland

Following the decision not to charge police for the murder of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, militants attacked police with Molotov cocktails and attacked a precinct with rocks and fire in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday night.

Flames burned the edge of an awning of the precinct. Soon after, someone threw a Molotov cocktail toward pigs.

The uprising started hours after Kentucky’s top attorney announced earlier in the day that Louisville officers would not face charges in the killing of Taylor. Police fatally shot the 26-year-old Black emergency room technician in March after entering her home on a no-knock warrant.

Militants outside their Central Precinct threw rocks at the building, shattering glass, and used slingshots to launch items through broken windows.

Dozens of pigs advanced on the crowd of demonstrators, using smoke and other devices to force people to move. At least one militant responded by throwing a firework toward officers. Glass bottles were also thrown toward the pigs.

Militants threw rocks that smashed windows. Green lasers were shined at officers and full soup cans were thrown in their direction.

Someone threw a Molotov cocktail toward the pigs. The device successfully hit an officer in the foot.

Two other Molotov cocktails were later thrown toward pigs.

The uprising for black liberation and the abolition of police began in late May after the killing of George Floyd, who was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck and ignored pleas for air. Demonstrations have taken place nearly every night in Portland, except for a recent stretch when wildfire smoke filled the city.