The shooting of Daunte Wright by Minnesota cops sparked violent demonstrations around the country Monday night, with a riot declared in Portland, Oregon, after a crowd of hundreds assaulted cops, according to officials.
During a second night of violence in Brooklyn Center, the city on the outskirts of Minneapolis where Wright was killed Sunday, at least 40 people were arrested, and demonstrators gathered in other cities in a display of solidarity.
“Burn the precincts to the ground, in every city and every town!” a mob marching through Portland was filmed chanting.
Demonstrations were also recorded in Los Angeles, California, and areas of Seattle, Washington, were covered in anti-cop graffiti as black-clad demonstrators repeatedly blocked major roads, according to KIRO 7.
As hundreds gathered at the capital, photos showed demonstrators, also dressed in black, flowing through a Washington, DC subway station. On Monday night, hundreds of marchers in the Big Apple shut down a section of the Manhattan Bridge in a largely peaceful demonstration.
According to the NYPD, only one woman, a 22-year-old woman, was given summonses for obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of a firearm for possessing pepper spray.
However, Antifa militants clashed with police and attempted to storm government buildings in Portland, the troubled city that saw the most tumultuous demonstrations in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death last May.
Homeowners reported that people marching through their neighborhood were stealing rocks and landscaping bricks to use as weapons against police in the city center, according to police.
They then attempted to storm the Penumbra Kelly Building, which houses the offices of many law enforcement agencies, including the Portland Police Department and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
Portland police reported there was a crowd of “approximately 200 people, most acting aggressively toward police.”
“People [threw] glass bottles, frozen water bottles, rocks, ball bearings and other objects, and shot fireworks parallel to the ground in the direction of police and the building,” the department said, initially declaring it an unlawful gathering.
“The conduct of the crowd did not improve, and incident command declared a riot.”
Officers retaliated with munitions and flash-bang grenades, and at one point, according to The Oregonian, bull-rushed protesters, throwing them to the ground and macing them.
At the same time as the riot was going on, a group broke through a chain-link fence to gain entry to a parking lot at the historic building that houses Portland Police Bureau traffic offices, according to the department.
The suspects shattered windows and slashed the tires of several police cars before fleeing before officers arrived.
Last year, police in Seattle, another hotbed of violent demonstrations, issued a warning to residents to stay away from an area where demonstrators were regularly blocking traffic.
Graffiti with the words “BLM” and the anti-police expression “F–k 12” are seen in photos posted by cops.
As hundreds protested Monday night in DC, pictures showed a large group of black-clad demonstrators jumping over turnstiles at a metro station, according to Fox 5.