Portland police declare riot after windows smashed

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Portland, Oregon, declared a riot Saturday night after authorities said protesters smashed windows in businesses and threw projectiles at police.

Demonstrators caused damage in the city’s Lloyd District, a commercial neighborhood where Portland’s convention center is located.

The unrest began about 8 p.m. Police say the area was cleared about 45 minutes later.

Police say businesses vandalized included two phone stores, a coffee shop, a computer store, a bank, a hotel, a restaurant, a financial office and two realty offices.

Oregon’s largest city has seen frequent, often violent protests since George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis in late May.

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