A search of downtown Portland, Oregon, on Thursday found several items that included a sledgehammer, a pipe and a chain with a lock, parks where protests had been raging for weeks, police officials said.
Chapman and Lawnsdale Squares – which sit next to each other – were serviced after a night of confrontation between the authorities and protesters in a nearby US court by Mark O. Hatfield, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
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Officers gave people 10 minutes to clear the area, and no arrests were made at first. In addition to weapons, other items seized in the parks included bulletproof vests, helmets, shields and blowers.
“There were also shocking amounts of rubbish in the parks,” police said.
Police officers, who ensure the safety of cleaning, detained two people. Christina Naranya Rivera, 34, has faced misconduct and felony criminal mischief, while Camillo Massagli, 25, has been charged with felony criminal mischief, committing crimes and interfering with a world officer.
On Wednesday night, several hundred people gathered near the courthouse. The group, which stayed up late, wore gas masks and were seen wearing badges, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, umbrellas, blowers and fireworks, police said.
At one point, the building was aimed at bottles, gas canisters and other items. In addition to the protest on Wednesday night, the city suffered multiple shootings and reports of attacks by people nearby by a group with a grenade launcher.
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Two minors were taken into custody on suspicion of assault.