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25 arrested in downtown May Day riot, police say

Portland police released the mug shots of most of the people they arrested Monday after a peaceful May Day protest devolved into a riot. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office via the Portland Police Bureau)

Portland police said they arrested 25 people Monday after a peaceful May Day protest downtown turned violent.

Of the 25 arrested, three of them were minors. Police said they arrested those minors for rioting.

Police accused those they arrested of numerous crimes, including disorderly conduct, riot, arson, vandalism, theft and assault.

PHOTOS: Portland's May Day events take a violent turn

The day's family-friendly activities started peacefully at Shemanski Park, with a handful of anarchists hanging out at the fringes. Police confiscated many of their homemade shields and other stick-like objects.

The organizers of the rally had a permit with the city for a march throughout downtown starting at 3 p.m. It began peacefully, but after only about 15 minutes of the march, an anarchist group appeared to take over, tossing cans of Pepsi at police and medics. No one was injured.

About an hour later, the march permit was canceled by police. Anarchists allegedly threw Molotov cocktails, rocks, lead balls and more Pepsi cans at law enforcement.

Police declared the event a riot by 5 p.m.

Police said they made most of their arrests in the area of Southwest 5th Avenue from Jefferson to Madison streets.

They said at one point there were attempts to set a business on fire.

A large fire was set at SW Morrison and 4th Avenue by anarchists, and it was quickly cleared by police officers in riot gear. A Portland Police car was vandalized and broken into, and a station full of Biketown bikes had their tires slashed.

During the riot, people damaged a Portland police vehicle as well as several businesses and at least one government building.

The violence was a disappointing outcome for those who witnessed it.

"It's frightening, and I think, moreover, it's just disgusting and depraved behavior," said Keely Bottcher, who witnesses some of what happened. "I just wonder what happened to the idea of democracy and being American. And (it) seems like everything is turning very political. You can't like democracy only if it goes your way."

After the violence subsided, workers boarded up broken windows at the downtown Target. And Goldmark Jewelers at Southwest 10th and Taylor also took a hit during the riot. One of the protesters threw a rock through the window, leaving behind a spider web of shattered glass.

Cal Brockman, the owner, was angry and frustrated to learn his business fell victim to the random attack.

"Still, it's difficult to clean up and to fix things and get them put back, because there's a fair amount of things that are smaller-scale damage -- things that got bent, things that got scratched. And so to put it back to where it was, it's going to take time," he said.

List of those arrested provided by the Portland Police Bureau:

  • 17-year-old -- Arrested for Riot
  • 14-year-old -- Arrested for Riot
  • 17-year-old -- Arrested for Riot
  • 21-year-old Ayden Michael Foster-Wysocki -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 18-year-old Madhab Pulle -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 37-year-old Tyler Hans Larsen -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 44-year-old Luis Marquez -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 20-year-old Grahme Meneses -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 22-year-old Jace Anthony Willis -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 42-year-old Corey Daniel Joe -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Assaulting a Police Officer
  • 19-year-old Brianna Borgen -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 34-year-old Rachel Visco -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 33-year-old Phoebe Loomis -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 19-year-old Michell Korin Myers -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 22-year-old Rylie Wolff -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 35-year-old Lucy Elizabeth Smith -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 38-year-old Glenn Allen Silbersdorff -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 28-year-old Christopher Fellini -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 24-year-old Frank Martinez -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Resist Arrest
  • 28-year-old Ian Lawrence Henderson -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 20-year-old Javier Ivan Reyes -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 34-year-old Dan Edward Wright -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
  • 29-year-old Jeff Richard Singer -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • 24-year-old Taylor James Evans -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • 26-year-old John Barton Elliott -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

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