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Rioters target Portland courthouse as mayor seeks additional police funding

Protesters are surrounded by tear gas near the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland as protesters take part in a rally against police brutality in Portland, Oregon late on July 24, 2020. - Police fired teargas and fought running battles with protesters in Portland in the latest night of demonstrations against police brutality and the deployment of federal troops to US cities. (Photo by Kathryn ELSESSER / AFP) (Photo by KATHRYN ELSESSER/AFP via Getty Images)

Protesters are surrounded by tear gas near the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland as protesters take part in a rally against police brutality in Portland, Oregon late on July 24, 2020. - Police fired teargas and fought running battles with protesters in Portland in the latest night of demonstrations against police brutality and the deployment of federal troops to US cities. (Photo by Kathryn ELSESSER / AFP) (Photo by KATHRYN ELSESSER/AFP via Getty Images)

Protesters were surrounded by tear gas near the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland as protesters took part in a rally against police brutality in Portland, Oregon late on July 24, 2020. (Photo by KATHRYN ELSESSER/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 2:40 PM PT – Friday, March 12, 2021

The barriers around the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse had just been taken down this week when rioters in Portland once again targeted the building with violence.

Reports on Thursday said far-left activists damaged the building after trying to force their way inside. Officers were dispatched to the building in the late afternoon after a group of trespassers in the lobby reportedly refused to leave.

The situation escalated when they started damaging items inside the building. Work crews began boarding up the windows and doors in the early evening, prompting a larger group to gather and taunt police.

The group eventually turned violent, smashing windows, burning flags and spraying graffiti on the side of the building. Officers had to use tear gas to push the rioters back, and at least one person was arrested.

This came just after crews removed the fencing around the building put up over the summer during the violent riots in the city. The courthouse itself saw several rounds of violence since demonstrations began last May.

PORTLAND, OREGON - JULY 27: People gather to protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland as the city experiences another night of unrest on July 27, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. For over 57 straight nights, protesters in downtown Portland have faced off in often violent clashes with the Portland Police Bureau and, more recently, federal officers. The demonstrations began to honor the life of George Floyd and other black Americans killed by law enforcement and have intensified as the Trump administration called in the federal officers. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, OREGON – JULY 27: People gathered to protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland as the city experienced another night of unrest on July 27, 2020 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

 

The riot began the same day Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said he was seeking $2 million in police funding to address rising gun violence in the city.

According to reports, there have been 20 homicides in the city this year compared to only one the same time last year.

The move by Wheeler came after Portland leaders last year voted to cut around $16 million from the police budget. The cut included the elimination of a gun violence reduction unit.

This week, reports said budget analysts recommended adding police funding in order to recruit 30 new officers. The current budget cut 84 full time positions from the police bureau, which were mostly vacant but were soon met with a wave of retirements and resignations. So far this fiscal year, 73 officers have retired and 39 have resigned.

The police bureau has not hired any officer in at least eight months and may not hire any by the end of the fiscal year due to the budget cuts.

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