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‘Totally unacceptable’: Portland police chief, residents angry after unruly crowd targets officers with fireworks
Police said a crowd of about 300 people gathered near Kennedy Park, and someone was seen firing a gun nearby later that night.
An unruly crowd allegedly targeted Portland police officers with fireworks Monday evening near Kennedy Park in East Bayside, and later Monday, officers saw someone fire several gunshots near the park.
No one was injured in either incident, police said.
Officers responded around 9 p.m. to reports of illegal fireworks being set off by about 300 people gathered near Oxford and Anderson streets, Portland police said in a statement.
When the officers tried to disperse the crowd, some people shot fireworks at them, according to the release.
One 17-year-old boy was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal use of explosives, police said.
Around 12:04 a.m. Tuesday, police received a call about a man armed with a gun in the area of Greenleaf Street, also near Kennedy Park. Around 12:13 a.m., officers observed, from a distance, about 10 gunshots fired in the area of Smith and East Lancaster streets.
Police investigated, but found no one who had been shot. One person was detained for questioning, but was released. The crowd “remained extremely confrontational and hostile towards officers, with continued fireworks thrown at them,” police said.
The incidents drew a harsh rebuke from Portland Police Chief Frank Clark.
“Such unruly and dangerous aggression and use of force against our officers and community cannot and will not be tolerated,” Clark said in statement. “I would urge anyone with information or video footage that could help solve this case to call or provide it to us, even anonymously, so this dangerous behavior can be quickly quelled.”