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3 arrested in Seattle protest; fire set at Portland police union building

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Three people are charged after protesters gathered for a Daunte Wright vigil outside the Seattle Police Department’s western district, police said. Two people were arrested for graffiti and another for disability, police said.

In Portland, police rioted for the second straight year on Tuesday after a crowd of about 100 people set out to march from Kenton Park to the Portland Police Association office, where fires were lit. Portland police said the group walked through Kenton and blocked traffic in North Lombard and Denver, where the PPA building is located. At 10 p.m. someone in the group lit a fire in a garbage can next to the building,reported the police. Others reportedly fired fireworks at the building, reported KOIN.

One person used an unknown accelerator on the wooden frame of a door to the building and started a fire, police said. One person was arrested and charged with second degree arson. Police started a riot about 10 minutes after the group arrived at the office building, citing criminal activity and the danger the fires pose to the surrounding neighborhood.

After the arrests, police said many people in the crowd returned to Kenton Park and appeared to get into cars and walk. In total, the incident lasted less than 30 minutes.

According to a flyer promoting the event,Protesters protested the murder of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man who was shot and killed by a police officer, Kim Potter, in Minnesota on Sunday. Potter was president of the police union for the Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis. Police said Potter “accidentally” shot Wright and tried to use a taser instead.

Seattle Times staff and intelligence

Seattle Times staff and intelligence

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