Portland rioters attempt to set fire to Police Association building

Black Lives Matter protester Jorge Mendoza holds a sign while rallying at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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UPDATED 12:45 PM PT — Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Chaos continues to sweep through Portland, this time at the Police Association building. On Tuesday night, rioters gathered outside the police union hall, where they called for the defunding of police.

According to reports, rioters set fire to cardboard and threw the flaming debris at the building.

Local news video showed a driver plowing through an Antifa barricade after rioters slashed the tires of the truck. You can see sparks flying from a motorbike being dragged under.

Police warned those involved in destructive acts against the police department could be “cited, arrested or subject to force.”

An Oregon State Police officer, right, stands watch as fellow officers extinguish a fire lit by protesters behind the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Sun, Aug. 2, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Amid these riots, the federal government has launched hundreds of investigations into anti-government organizations.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reiterated the U.S. government has the responsibility to protect federal property. During a recent Senate hearing, he said the nightly attacks on Portland’s federal courthouse were only stopped by the presence of federal agents.

He noted the courthouse would have been burned to the ground if not for the intervention of federal law enforcement.

“Being upset with what happened with Mr. Floyd is absolutely all American,” stated Sen. Graham. “Trying to occupy a part of a city and turn it into a socialist enclave is not.”

He added the Senate expects states to prosecute rioters who hurt officers to the fullest extent of the law. Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli recently confirmed more than 100 federal agents have reported multiple injuries while defending the courthouse.

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