Portland Police rioted again on Friday night after protesters smashed windows of downtown businesses and started fires during a protest.
Chaos marked the third night in five days when police declared a riot in the city following police shootings across the country, including those that claimed the lives of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago and Daunte Wright, 20, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The protests began after Wright’s death on Sunday during a traffic stop.
Police also shot dead a man in Lents Park in southeast Portland on Friday morning. The victim, an unidentified white male in his thirties, died at the scene.
Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis told reporters officers used a firearm and weapons that fired “non-lethal projectiles.”
Davis was unsure if the man pointed a gun at police officers, but a witness told The Oregonian / OregonLive that the man took off his shirt and was blocking an intersection during a possible mental health crisis.
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An investigation into the shooting was hampered by protesters chanting and shouting at police. A crowd of more than 150 people gathered hours after the incident.
Police closed their investigation at 3 p.m., but the protest continued, moving to a nearby intersection to block traffic.
Police used pepper spray in an attempt to disperse the crowd, then fired smoke cartridges and rubber bullets, police said.
Earlier in the week, protesters set off fireworks outside the Portland Police Association building and started a fire behind the building. Police said “door accelerators” helped start the fire.
Mayor Ted Wheeler backed police calls for accountability even as he denounced a “segment of violent agitators.”
Wheeler issued a statement urging residents to “proceed with empathy and peace” as the investigation unfolds.
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“These shootings are always traumatic for everyone involved and for our community, regardless of the circumstances,” Wheeler said. “I want to extend my sympathy to the person involved and their family. My thoughts are also with the officers involved.
The area where the shooting took place is within the operational limits of a new city pilot project called Portland Street Response, in which a team without police officers responds to reports of homelessness or people in mental health crisis.
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The pilot project team was not called on Friday and did not respond to a call involving reports of someone with a gun, Davis said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.