July 02, 2020 13:25
From the evening of July 1 to 2, 2020, demonstrators gathered once again near the Justice Center. Many of them blocked the streets surrounding the Justice Center and some fires were lit on and near the iconic elk statue on Southwest Main Street between 3 and 4 Avenues. Additionally, substantial damage was done to the bathrooms at Lownsdale Square and Chapman Park (PHOTOS).
The fire damaged the stone surrounding the basin around and beneath the elk statue. The Regional Arts Council has determined the damage to the base is so severe, the statue has to be removed for public safety reasons. There is concern the elk statue could topple over and injure someone.
PPB is investigating the crimes committed. If anyone has information about those responsible for the criminal activity, contact CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov
"Engaging in criminal activity including vandalism and property damage is not peaceful demonstration," said Chief Chuck Lovell. "We ask for the public's help in identifying and sharing information about those responsible so they can be held accountable."
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