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Portland Cops Arrest 26 Anti-Trump Protesters for Rioting


anti-trump-protester-via-associated-pressProtests turned violent in Portland, Oregon, with cops arresting 26 people.

Demonstrators were coming out against President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday night, but authorities say things started to get ugly.

Police tweets said people were obstructing roadways, carrying baseball bats, and using “illegal fire devices.” Then this happened:

Cops said people threw “projectiles” at them, and were armed with rocks.

At about 1 a.m. early Friday morning, they estimated that 1,500 people made up the crowd. Pepper spray, rubber baton rounds, and rubber ball distraction devices were used. 26 arrests were announced at 5:19 a.m.

This article will be updated with the forthcoming information on arrests and charges.

In Oregon, rioting is a Class C felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, and up to a $125,000 fine.

The President-elect has responded to recent protests with a pair of tweets.

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