Current scene at 3rd and Alder. pic.twitter.com/0KGF1slZRE
— Garrison Davis (Teargas Proof) (@hungrybowtie) August 30, 2020
Protest turned violent since early afternoon in Portland with Trump supporters and BLM protestors clashing. The Portland Police department has been trying to crack down on the riots to avoid any more casualties.
Police have not released details about the victim, who they said was shot in the chest around 8:46 p.m. Saturday near Southeast Third Avenue and Southwest Alder Street.
Authorities also have not provided any suspect information and are asking anyone who witnessed the incident or has first-hand video of the shooting to contact investigators.
“I am not sad that a f—ing fascist died tonight,” says a woman at the antifa gathering in downtown Portland. The crowd laughs and cheers. The ID of the deceased is not confirmed but he is believed to be a Trump & blue lives supporter. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/XV6471FSuF
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 30, 2020
For more than 90 consecutive nights, protesters in Portland have denounced police brutality and racial injustice. The protests were spurred by the killing of George Floyd in May and gained steam after last weekend’s shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.
The man who was killed in Portland on Saturday night was wearing a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group based in Portland that has clashed with protesters in the past, said New York Times reporter Mike Baker.
Earlier Saturday night, police tweeted that there had been “some instances of violence between demonstrators and counterdemonstrators” when a political rally caravanned through downtown Portland.The tweet said officers made some arrests and asked people to avoid downtown due to traffic from the political rally.The traffic coincided with a planned “Trump 2020 Cruise Rally in Portland” that was advertised on Facebook. According to the posted event, participants planned to gather at the Clackamas Town Center in Clackamas, Oregon, about 17 miles southeast of Portland. They planned to line up the cars, motorcycles and trucks for the rally and travel the “Trump 2020 cruise rally route.”