PORTLAND, Ore — On Tuesday night, protesters gathered at Caruthers Park in the south waterfront to make signs supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. They marched to a school nearby to put the signs up.
According to a social media post, the group of protesters made the new signs after learning that BLM artwork had been “destroyed” on a fence outside the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science.
The school is right across the street from Portland’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement building.
Federal agents rushed the crowd of protesters at nearly 10:30 p.m. and made multiple arrests. One journalist on scene said at least five people were arrested.
Just after 10 p.m. independent journalist, Garrison Davis captured a video showing someone performing between the protesters and federal agents. This after they seemingly clashed and two arrests were made.
At around 10 p.m. federal agents came to stand outside the ICE building and began clashing with protesters.
According to independent journalists at the scene, federal officials warned demonstrators to stay off federal property.
Justin Yau tweeted from the area that some protesters graffitied "545" on the wooden panels surrounding the ICE building in reference to reports that the parents of 545 children separated from their families at the border have not been found.
Protests have been happening regularly in Portland since the killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day. Demonstrators have rallied around issues that include police brutality, racial inequity and the defunding of police.
On Monday, protesters marched to the Portland Police Association building where police said someone set fire to a billboard next to the building. Officers did not engage with the group and no arrests were made.