Las Vegas Review-Journal
Fires burned during a protest at a Portland immigration building.
Police use force to break up demonstration at ICE building
PORTLAND, Ore. — Protesters set fires outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Portland on Saturday night before police swept in to disperse the crowds, the Daily Mail and other outlets reported.
At least two fires burned at Portland’s ICE building during the demonstration but officials said the building itself was not set on fire.
Photos and video from independent journalists who were at the protest show a small fire burning on the ground outside the building and a fire that appeared to be burning on plywood set up around the building.
Portland police responded to the building to help after the Federal Protective Service, which provides security at federal buildings, reported that a group outside the building was starting a fire, police spokesperson Sgt. Kevin Allen said. Officers found at least two fires when they arrived, including one that appeared to be against the building, he said.
Clips posted by independent journalist Grace Morgan and other freelance journalists on Twitter do not show exactly how the fire started.
The New York Post reported that rioters ignored loudspeaker warnings against trespassing and ripped down fences at the building’s perimeter, according to Morgan.
The driveway fire grew larger, fed by what appeared to be at least two wooden pallets, Morgan’s photos show.
“Fire outside the Portland ICE facility,” she captioned one shot of the growing flames.
However, Portland Fire & Rescue said the building itself was not set on fire, KPTV-TV reported.
Subsequent videos posted by Morgan show federal agents emerge from the building to push back the rioters with force, the Post reported.
“Federal agents retreat and unload hundreds of pepper bullets on protesters outside the Portland ICE facility,” she captioned one such tweet.
Both Portland police and the Federal Protective Service said no arrests were made. Police provided security for firefighters as they extinguished the fires, Allen said.
In a statement, the Federal Protective Service said the incident was under investigation.
“The DHS Federal Protective Service thanks the Portland Fire and Emergency Services for their support in extinguishing the fire,” it said.