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VIDEOS: Rioters throw explosives, Molotovs at police and courthouses in Portland, Seattle and Oakland and more

Protests at Portland, Oregon's Federal Courthouse were met with tear gas and "less-lethal" munitions and many arrests, July 16, 2020, on 50th night of demonstrations in the city. (John Rudoff/Sipa USA/TNS)
July 27, 2020

Protesters and riots continued over the weekend in a number of U.S. cities, following two months of demonstrations since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody.

Demonstrations continued in Portland, Ore., and picked up in other cities like Seattle, Wash.; Louisville, Ky.; Austin, Texas; Aurora, Colo. and elsewhere around the country over the weekend. Dozens of law enforcement officers were also injured by rioters throwing explosives and rocks.

In Seattle, rioters set fire to an under-construction youth detention center.

“I have shifted up to Seattle today to follow a large demonstration that’s in solidarity with Portland. I’d estimate a crowd of 2,000 already,” tweeted New York Times reporter Mike Baker. “They just torched construction buildings at the site of a new youth detention center. Meanwhile, feds are here.”

Demonstrations in Seattle continued around the former site of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) demonstrations which disbanded in June.

“We are back at the site of the zone formerly known as CHOP, formerly known as CHAZ,” Baker tweeted. “The police department has said that due to restrictions on their use of tear gas, the officers would have to use batons more to control crowds. They’ve got them ready.”

The Seattle Police Department reported 59 officers were injured by explosives, rocks, and bottles during demonstrations over the weekend. Seattle police arrested 47 people connected with the rioting over the weekend.

“Earlier today, at least 1 person breached a fence line @ the East Precinct. Moments later, a device exploded leaving an ~8” hole in the side of the precinct. This was one of several dangerous incidents that led SPD to declare today’s incident a riot. Arson/Bomb dets investigating,” SPD tweeted with photos of damage caused by an explosive device.

In Portland, Oregon, where rioting has continued for weeks outside a U.S. federal courthouse, rioters threw incendiary Molotov cocktails.

“BREAKING: rioters throw what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail at federal agents dispersing crowds,” a Twitter user said, sharing footage of the incendiary attacks.

“BREAKING: rioters throw what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail at federal agents dispersing crowds

Acting Department of Homeland Security secretary Chad Wolf tweeted images of other fireworks used near the Federal courthouse in Portland.

“Day 56. Last night six DHS law enforcement officers were injured in Portland. To be clear, criminals assaulted FEDERAL officers on FEDERAL property…and the city of Portland did nothing,” Wolf tweeted.

Protesters also continued to demonstrate in Oakland, California for the 58th day in a row.

“Day 58 of Oakland #GeorgeFloyd and #BlackLivesMatters protest: the solidarity with Portland event, organized by youth, is on the move,” a Twitter user posted, with footage of demonstrators marching in the streets with homemade riot shields.

Demonstrations turned to riots later on Saturday as people set fire to the Alameda County Courthouse.

“Fireworks and dangerous projectiles are some of the items agitators used to assault officers,” the Oakland Police Department tweeted Sunday. “We ask the organizers of tonight’s demonstration to work with us, calling for peace and help us provide safe spaces and safe places for demonstrators.”

Garret Foster, a U.S. Air Force veteran carrying a rifle at a protest event in Austin on Saturday, approached a vehicle trying to get through a crowd of demonstrators packing an intersection. Foster and other demonstrators approached the car when the driver reportedly fired shots, striking Foster before driving away. Some witnesses say Foster first fired shots at the driver who returned fire in self-defense, while others say someone else in the crowd fired shots at the driver, who then fired back and struck Foster.

Foster was killed in the shooting incident. Investigators said they detained the suspect in the shooting incident and that cooperated with police before being released.

Another demonstrator was struck by gunfire in Aurora after a Jeep sped through crowds of people blocking I-225. In a video, the Jeep can be seen driving through traffic on flat tires as several shots rang out from the crowd. One demonstrator firing shots at the Jeep reportedly struck another demonstrator.

In Louisville, Kentucky, three members of a Black militia group the Not Fucking Around Coalition (NFAC) were injured after an accidental discharge while the group was gathering for an armed demonstration.

Members of the group were seen being loaded into ambulances following the incident.