Windows smashed at NE Portland Nike store

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Windows smashed at NE Portland Nike store

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 8, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 8 at 12:41 PM

PORTLAND -- Someone smashed four large windows with a baseball bat at the Northeast Portland Nike Factory Store early Wednesday moring, police said.

Police were called at about 4 a.m. to the report of vandalism at the store, located at 2650 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, said Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson.

"Officers arrived and located four large plate glass windows smashed and an aluminum baseball bat left at the scene," Simpson said. "A witness told police that the suspect was a white male in all black clothing and that he ran off after the vandalism."

"I saw the perp running away, but I was too far away to get a good look or to be able to identify the individual," the 911 caller later told KGW.

KGW received the following statement in an anonymous email just before 6 a.m.:

In the spirit of May Day 2012 in Seattle, the Nike store alongside MLK in NE Portland had about half of its front windows smashed out with a baseball bat late last night.

One of the large panes had text that spoke of community building. As the Portland 'LGBTQ' Pride NW festival and parade approaches, we queers cringe in disgust while corporate branding dominates the whole of the festivities.

Nike increasingly invests in their so-called community (i.e. people who will buy their products) through events such as Pride, yet if Nike were involved in such a thing as a community they wouldn't ignore key members such as the modern slaves working in their sweatshops.

This action taken in memory of three trans women of color who were murdered last month, Kelly Young, Ashley Sinclair, and Cemia "Ce Ce" Dove. Your beauty lives on through our rage!

Also taken in solidarity with those resisting the PNW grand jury, especially those who have been displaced by the state, and to show that action is still possible under the watchful eye of the FBI.

Anyone with information about this vandalism is asked to submit tips here.

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