Several items including a sledgehammer, pipe and a chain with a lock were found Thursday while clearing the town in Portland, Ore., Nearby parks where protests have been going on for weeks, police officials said Thursday.
The maintenance of Chapman and Lownsdale squares – which sit next to each other – was carried out after a night of confrontation between authorities and protesters at the nearby US Court of Justice Mark O. Hatfield, the Portland Police Bureau said.
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Officers were given to people within 10 minutes to clear the area and no arrest was initially made at that time. In addition to weapons, other items found in the parks included body armor, helmets, a shield and leaf bubbles.
“There was a staggering amount of rubbish in the parks as well,” a police statement said.
Security guards arrested two people. Kristina Naranja Rivera, 34, faces disorderly conduct and charges of criminal conduct and 25-year-old Camillo Massagli faces charges of criminal misconduct, misconduct and interference with a peace officer.
On Wednesday evening, several hundred people gathered outside the court. A group that stayed up late at night wearing gas masks and were seen holding signs, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, umbrellas, leaf bubbles and fireworks, police said.
At one point, the building was targeted with bottles, gas cylinders and other objects. In addition to the protest Wednesday night, the city experienced numerous shootings and reports of people being attacked nearby by a group with a pellet gun.
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Two juveniles were taken into custody on suspicion of assault.