Forty-eight people were arrested Saturday night as police clashed with demonstrators who ignored Mayor Ted Wheeler's 8 pm curfew order and took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis killed earlier this week by a white police officer. The night's protest were less explosive than the previous evening's, when a solemn, peaceful vigil that began on the east side of the Willamette turned violent downtown, leaving looted stores and multiple arrests in its wake.
The protests mirrored similar demonstrations around the country, which have escalated in intensity, as have police and National Guard countermeasures.
Police fired tear gas into a crowd that had gathered outside of the Justice Center, the site of yesterday's protest, several minutes before the 8 pm was in effect. After marching en masse to the waterfront, the protesters proceeded through downtown. Police intervened with tear gas, strategically splitting groups of protesters from each other, which eventually went across the river into the Lloyd District before breaking up.
Portland Monthly digital editor Gabriel Granillo was on the ground to document the night.