PORTLAND, Ore. -- A group of activists marched through the streets of downtown Portland Thursday night, and at times were confrontational and destructive, police said.
The march began as a gathering near Portland State University to remember a teen boy who was shot and killed by police last week. Police said 17-year-old Quanice Hayes was a robbery suspect and had a replica gun.
One person was arrested at Southwest Broadway and Montgomery during the protest, police said shortly after 8 p.m. They said 19-year-old Zachary P. Lange vandalized a car. He was charged with rioting.
Suspect in red jacket was arrested tonight in connection with this vandalism. https://t.co/Go2CrtJjxf— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) February 17, 2017
Portland police tweeted at 7 p.m. that some protesters were confrontational with officers and vandalizing vehicles.
Damage to a vehicle was reported near Southwest Naito and Oak. During a different incident, police said some protesters surrounded a van, broke a window, then ran away near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Clay Street.
Officers also reported protesters threw signs and cones into the street near the intersection of Southwest 2nd Avenue and Oak Street.
The demonstration began at around 5:30 p.m. in the park blocks outside the Smith Memorial Union. An estimated 100-200 people showed up and marched downtown following the initial gathering. The march ended at around 8:30 p.m.
The Portland Student Action Network, which is comprised of a group of high school activists, organized the event. They called for justice for Hayes, who was shot and killed by Portland police officer Andrew Hearst on Thursday, Feb. 9 in Northeast Portland.
BACKGROUND: Teen boy shot, killed by police in NE Portland
During the march, protesters stopped and lit candles in Hayes' memory at the Justice Center.
Raw video: Candlelight vigil to honor Quanice Hayes
1st notable altercation with a motorist: Marchers tried to block van, driver tried to get thru. Side mirror damaged. pic.twitter.com/8n9rGqnero— Jim Ryan (@Jimryan015) February 17, 2017 download.edgesuite.net/video/2513711/2513711_Still.jpg" width="360px" />
In a press release, the group called for Hearst to be removed from the department, followed by "an unbiased investigation" and "fair trial." The leaders of the group also called for a peaceful protest.
Portland's Resistance founder Gregory McKelvey tweeted that he would be in attendance and speak at the demonstration.
Please come to this event tomorrow! I'll be speaking along with the great people at Portland Student Action Network. https://t.co/sBmRgHo7DN— Gregory McKelvey (@GregoryMcKelvey) February 16, 2017
Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson said the police department was aware of the event beforehand and would "respond as necessary if there are reports of criminal activity or traffic violations." Dylan Rivera of the Portland Bureau of Transportation said no permits were issued for the event.
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