Overnight protests in Seattle, Portland, Austin turn violent

Seattle Police ride on a vehicle behind bicycle police during a Black Lives Matter protest march, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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Seattle police declared Black Lives Matter protests a riot after demonstrations turned violent. On Saturday night, 45 people were reportedly arrested and 21 officers were injured.

This came just one day after a federal judge granted a temporary block, which allowed police to use non-lethal crowd control equipment.

Thousands gathered at the city’s Capitol Hill, where CHOP was previously located, earlier that day. What initially started as a peaceful demonstration to show solidarity with Portland protesters eventually devolved into violence.

“Over 20 officers have been injured, and one went to the hospital for further treatment. Once again, I implore people to come to the city in peace. We support everyone’s First Amendment right to free speech and to assemble in such a way.” – Chief Carmen Best, Seattle Police Department

Crowds reportedly threw rocks and fireworks at police. One officer is currently recovering in the hospital.

The words “I can’t breathe” are flashed on a wall during a Black Lives Matter protest Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Police also declared a riot in Portland, Oregon after protesters tore down a fence surrounding federal property. Thousands gathered for the 59th night in a row Saturday to march on federal courthouse.

The building has been the sight of clashes between protesters and DHS agents for weeks now. Activists have called for the removal of federal agents.

According to police, rioters threw bottles and fireworks at officers, which resulted in several arrests.

“If you want to support Portland, stop the violence, work for peace. Portland police officers and facilities have been threatened. Now, more than ever, Portland police need your support. We want to be with you in the community, working on real relationships that will create change.” – Chief Chuck Lovell, Portland Police Department

Construction buildings burn near the King County Juvenile Detention Center, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Seattle, shortly after a group of protesters left the area.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The unrest in Portland reportedly sparked even more demonstrations across the country this weekend.

One person is dead and another is in custody following a shooting at a Black Lives Matter protest in Texas. The gunfire happened in downtown Austin on Saturday night.

A car reportedly pulled up and open fired on a group of protesters. The unidentified male victim was reportedly just feet away from the shooter’s car at the time of the incident.

Authorities believe the victim was armed with a rifle.

“Austin police were on scene in the 300 block of Congress Avenue monitoring protesters when shots were fired. One adult male victim was located with a gunshot wound. That victim was transported to Dell Seton, but was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter.” – Senior Officer Katrina Ratcliff, Austin Police Department

The suspected shooter has been arrested and is reportedly cooperating with police.

A demonstrator flashes a light at a federal office as tear gas fills the air during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

As protests across the country continue to evolve into riots, authorities have urged demonstrators to end the violence to better work towards peace.

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