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During an Indigenous People’s Day protest that turned into a riot, vandals tore down statues of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, Breitbart News reported. Rioters then vandalized multiple buildings and shot at at least one restaurant, the Heroes American Cafe.
“Officers said Bartells and others used chains and straps to topple the statue, according to court documents,” the local NBC affiliate reported. “Bartells is a suspect in bringing down the Lincoln statue as well, but the district attorney’s office said Monday that investigation is ongoing.”
He now faces charges of First Degree Criminal Mischief and Riot.
Police in Portland also arrested 23-year-old Malik Fard Muhamad, a man from Indiana who has reportedly living in Washington. He is accused of using a metal baton to smash windows at the Oregon Historical Society, Portland State University, and other locations.
Muhamad faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm in public, and first-degree criminal mischief and riot.
The damage to the two presidential statues is estimated at a combined $30,000, the report states.
“F— all you colonizers!…Everyone of you that’s against Black Lives Matter can f— the f— off.”
Antifa rioters in the process of toppling the Portland statue of Roosevelt. They were soon successful in pulling it down. Video by rioter Tracy Lynn Molina. pic.twitter.com/D5XgfX3slR
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 12, 2020
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