Portland elk statue removed after fire set during protest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A statue of an elk has been removed from downtown Portland after protesters lit a fire underneath it.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the statue, which sits atop the David P. Thompson Fountain, has been the target of graffiti and fires during the weeks of protests against systemic racism, police brutality and the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

The elk and fountain were donated to the city by one-time mayor David P. Thompson in 1900 to honor elk that once roamed the Willamette Valley.

They sit between Chapman and Lownsdale squares, across from the Justice Center, the focal point of nightly protests.

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