Crews clean up damage after protest in NE Portland's Hollywood District – OregonLive

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Crews cleaned up broken glass and boarded up shattered windows Saturday in Northeast Portland after demonstrators marched through the area the previous night.

Wooden boards covered broken windows and doors of multiple buildings along Northeast Sandy Boulevard, including a State Farm, Chase Bank, Whole Foods, Wells Fargo and Rite Aid. The Portland Police Bureau on Saturday said 26 businesses or workspaces and one apartment building were damaged with graffiti, broken windows or both in the Hollywood District.

A cleaning crew inside a bank and employees at a grocery store both called 911 when demonstrators began smashing windows of the buildings they were inside of Friday night, police said.

Demonstrators also spray-painted several names and messages on windows and buildings, including the words “Black trans lives matter” and the name of Tete Gulley, a Black trans woman. Friday was Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors and memorializes trans people who were killed or who have died by suicide.

Gulley was found dead in Rocky Butte Park last year. The medical examiner’s office initially ruled her death a suicide, but police later opened an investigation after multiple requests from her family, who don’t believe she committed suicide.

The Hollywood Theatre on Sandy was spray-painted with Gulley’s name. In a statement Saturday on social media accompanied by a photo of the building, the theater said, “Don’t be upset by graffiti; be angered by injustice.” Letters in the theater’s marquee spelled out the words, “Black Lives Matter.”

Shortly before the Northeast Portland protest, another group of demonstrators had gathered in downtown Portland. They marched to the Consulate General of Mexico on Southwest 12th Avenue and Jefferson Street and spray-painted the words “asesinos,” “no mas” and “ni una” on the building’s windows and exterior, translating to “assassins,” “no more” and “not one.” The graffiti was likely referencing #NiUnaMas, a women’s rights movement protesting femicide in Mexico.

The group then marched to and spray-painted the Multnomah County Courthouse on Southwest 1st Avenue. Demonstrators reportedly dispersed when police responded to the scene.

Demonstrators in Northeast Portland also dispersed as police arrived. No arrests were made at either demonstration, police said.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler released a statement Saturday afternoon condemning the vandalism.

“The people who engaged in criminal destruction are an affront to our community. They are working in direct opposition to the needs of the people they say they speak for. They are criminals. They are being played by political forces who are set on preserving the status quo or worse. There is no excuse for the criminal destruction to 24 businesses along NE Sandy Boulevard. The Mexican Consulate and Multnomah County Courthouse were also targeted by violent groups. None of this should sit well with any thinking Portlander. To those participating in violence, I want to be clear: I denounce your actions. Law enforcement will do everything possible to find you and hold you accountable. We all agree racial justice is past due, but I absolutely denounce the violence and criminal destruction.”

— Catalina Gaitán, for The Oregonian/OregonLive