By Associated Press • 

Sixth night of protest in Portland attracts thousands

Thousands of protesters who gathered for the sixth consecutive night of protests in Portland, Oregon remained peaceful.

The Portland Police Bureau said Thursday that a crowd estimated at 10,000 or more dispersed by 2 a.m. and there were no major issues.

Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday also ordered all flags to be flown at half-mast to honor George Floyd, the handcuffed black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck during an arrest.

In Portland, a small number of what police described as “select agitators” stayed downtown into the early morning hours, setting small fires and vandalizing businesses. Officers had cleared the streets by about 4 a.m., authorities said in a statement.

Police Chief Jami Resch thanked the peaceful protesters and said her officers will continue to identify and arrest those who are causing damage.

“Tonight was a great example of a safe and responsible demonstration. This speaks to the testament of the thousands of participants and sends a powerful message. I greatly appreciate the community for expressing themselves while respecting others,” she said.

“We have witnessed a pattern of behavior in the past several days where select agitators remain and target the police, engage in crimes, and cause disorder. We will continue our efforts to identify, arrest, and hold responsible those who engage in crimes in our city.”

Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday ordered all flags to be flown at half-mast to honor George Floyd, the handcuffed black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck during an arrest.

 

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