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Story by Aubra Salt - The Oregon Herald
Published on Monday October 19, 2020 - 1:17 AM
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PORTLAND, Oregon - Federal police and protesters continued the long demonstrations in Portland outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building. For a few hours late Saturday officers eventually used tear gas and detained several people in an attempt to control determined demonstrators.

The crowd assembled near Willamette Park and walked about a mile to the ICE building, arriving at about 9 p.m. Saturday. Department of Homeland Security officers first responded as protesters attempted to tie balloons to a gate outside the building.

Federal police used smoke and other basic munitions to control the crowd. Demonstrators threw playground balls or rocks at the officers in several throughout.

About 100 protesters remained in the area by 10 p.m. The all too familiar confrontation ended after Federal officers detained several demonstrators.

The demonstration was organized to emphasis and support those who have died in ICE custody and came as part of the constant evening protests in Portland calling for criminal justice reform that began after the death of George Floyd in late May.