New Year's Eve Rioters Attack Portland Police, Toss Molotov Cocktails at Federal Courthouse


A group of rioters in Portland hurled Molotov cocktails, lit fires and tried to break into a federal courthouse house on New Year’s Eve, authorities said.

Between 80 and 100 rioters tossed at least two firebombs and launched “aerial-grade fireworks” at both the federal building and a county justice facility, according to a news release from the Portland Police Bureau.

Others in the group attempted to break into the courthouse.

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Police declared the violence a riot, and officers were “pulled from answering emergency calls to respond,” according to the release.

Rioters hurled rocks, bricks, frozen water bottles and balloons possibly loaded with a “caustic substance” at responding law enforcement.

One video appears to show a smashed storefront, and police confirmed that several businesses were damaged in the unrest.

A marked police cruiser was seen in another video fleeing a group of rioters as they yelled and threw projectiles at the vehicle.

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Multiple arrests were made throughout the night, but law enforcement has not yet disclosed any details.

Officers used inert smoke and impact munitions, and the crowd dispersed by 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

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