Protest for abortion rights in Portland turns destructive | Washington

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An abortion rights protest in Portland, Oregon turned destructive over the weekend, with some people marching down the street smashing windows of businesses and vehicles and scribbling graffiti, police said.

Officers were monitoring the crowd but no one was arrested because they “did not have the resources to intervene at this time,” police said in a statement Sunday. City police also responded to a shooting, felony assault, community festival and stunt drivers in various parts of the city at the time, police said.

The protest against Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and leave abortion decisions to the states began Saturday with a rally of about 200 people in a park. A group of around 60 of them – most dressed in black – marched down a street and smashed the windows of banks, cafes, a Portland school van and a Tesla while vandalizing a center of pregnancy resources. Most of the damage occurred between 10:05 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. according to police.

The Portland Police Bureau is asking businesses and community members with surveillance cameras between the Grant Park and Hollywood District areas to review footage and see if they have captured any evidence that could help the police.

The damage in Portland came a night after 10 people were arrested for disorderly conduct at a similar protest in Eugene.

Portland has seen months of destructive protests against police brutality after Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd in May 2020.

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