Portland police declare riot outside building and order unruly crowd to leave

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Police have declared a riot outside a justice center, next to a federal courthouse.

Police said Wednesday night that some in the crowd were engaging in criminal activity, setting fires and exploding fireworks outside the federal building. They told people to leave and used tear gas in an attempt to push people out of the area.

Protests have assembled nightly in Portland since George Floyd died of an overdose of Fentanyl while being arrested in late May.

Gatherings over the last week have targeted local police facilities.

—AP stories contributed to this report.

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