Following Kyle Rittenhouse’s not-guilty verdict, riots erupted in downtown Portland.


After Kyle Rittenhouse’s not-guilty verdict, a riot was declared in downtown Portland.

The not-guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial prompted a call for gun law reforms in Oregon on Friday, as well as demands for a federal investigation into what happened in Kenosha and pleas for people to stay calm.

“It’s possible that some people will be hurt by today’s decision.

In this difficult time, please look out for each other,” Gov.

Kate Brown sent out a tweet.

“As a country, we have much work to do to create a more just and equitable future.”

“I, like many other Portlanders and Oregonians, am deeply disappointed by the Rittenhouse trial verdict,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said.

“We must continue our efforts to reform and improve the criminal justice system.”

“We have an injustice system in America,” said Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty on Twitter.

The verdict was “disappointing and not surprising,” according to the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Caucus.

The caucus issued a statement saying, “We know that failures in our justice system are deeply entrenched.”

“The US Department of Justice must look into the circumstances surrounding this deeply troubling situation in Kenosha and its nationwide implications.”

Several organizations in Oregon, including those in Portland and Salem, have called for people to gather on Friday evening to mourn those killed by Rittenhouse.

To protest the verdict, about 100 people gathered in downtown Portland near the Multnomah County Justice Center.

Police reported that people were breaking windows and damaging doors of city buildings several hours later.

Due to damage to the downtown jail’s gate, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office declared a riot.

Police said they arrested one person and issued five citations for an outstanding warrant.

A camera crew from KATU, a Portland television station, was confronted by masked people dressed in black who demanded they stop filming, according to video shared by KATU.

According to the station, no one was hurt, but a camera was damaged.

On Saturday, Hardesty released a statement that said, in part:

“People have the right to be upset and protest.”

Protesters have the right to film the police and anything else that happens in public, and the press has the right to film what happens in public as well.

I’m still getting the full picture of what happened last night, but I’d like to…

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