A stunning video posted by the Multnomah County Sheriff shows a Portland vandal smashing a security camera with a bat until it has been disabled.
The Multnomah County Sheriff writes “Help us identify the individual who climbed the Justice Center last month and repeatedly smashed a security camera with a bat. Criminal activity does not solve the issues facing our community.”
Help us identify the individual who climbed the Justice Center last month and repeatedly smashed a security camera with a bat. Criminal activity does not solve the issues facing our community. pic.twitter.com/5nRzqL3ef5
— Multnomah Co Sheriff (@MultCoSO) July 8, 2020
From the Multomah County Sheriff’s Office (Portland, Oregon)
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is aware of an event tonight calling for a “night of rage” at the Justice Center in Downtown Portland. We strongly support the right to demonstrate and for people to use their individual and collective voices to express grief, outrage and call for action. But criminal activity under the guise of peaceful protests will not be tolerated.
The assault on the Justice Center continues nightly. Individuals have thrown and launched projectiles at police, including improvised explosives, bricks, rocks, commercial fireworks and metal ball bearings. This is a life safety issue for our first responders and protesters themselves. Multiple deputies and officers have been injured. We have witnessed an increase in fires being set at the Justice Center and at nearby businesses. People have blocked or barricaded entrances, putting hundreds of lives in grave danger. The Justice Center is a place of critical services, housing for adults in custody and the many staff that supports them.
Our Investigations Unit, along with our agency partners, continue to review video and other evidence to identify suspects engaged in criminal activity, and we will hold those accountable for such actions.
Over the last several weeks, Sheriff Reese has participated in marches against oppression and racism, and continues to meet with community members and leaders to have an open and honest dialogue about the change that is needed in our community. We are listening to concerns and ideas on how together, we can build a safe, equitable and accountable public safety system.
“Nightly rioting, arson, and violence must come to an end. It does not solve the issues our community faces,” Sheriff Reese said. “The criminal activity around the Justice Center detracts from the calls for systemic changes the community deserves.”
Attached are a few photos captured over the past few nights of damage, vandalism and seized items.