Protests turn violent, one person shot on bridge

Organizers said this was not to be a march through the streets

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland police made “several arrests” during a 4th night of protests in the streets following the election of Donald Trump as president, and one person was shot during an altercation on the Morrison Bridge.

What began as a peaceful protest quickly turned confrontational when “agitators rallied enough people to get into the street” and move throughout the city, PPB Sgt. Pete Simpson told KOIN 6 News.

Simpson said the police used stingball grenades which are “used to motivate the crowd to move.” While that worked on Thursday night, he said the Friday “crowd was much more aggressive and confrontational with police.”

Lit flares and rocks were among the items thrown at police, Simpson said, who responded by using pepper spray, tear gas, flash bangs and smoke.

Police are investigating a shooting that happened after midnight on the Morrison Bridge.

According to police, there was an altercation between a protester and someone in a car on the bridge. The suspect got out of the car and fired multiple shots, causing non life-threatening injuries to the man.