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A Department of Homeland Security officer 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. Following an agreement between Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and the Trump administration to reduce federal officers in the city, nightly protests remained largely peaceful without major confrontations between protesters and officers. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

 

The common sequence of events with Portland riots has been to let “protesters” have their way during the late evening hours, wait for the Antifa/BLM agitators to move to the front later in the evening, watch for them to commit acts of violence or set fires, declare an unlawful assembly, and then clear the streets and make arrests for anyone who refuses to comply.

Often times the “Third Act” doesn’t start until midnight or later, and by the time the crowd is gone and the paperwork is done, it’s deep into the early morning hours.

Mayor Ted Wheeler must have received the overtime bill for August today because it seems like Portland Police decided to get an earlier start on the Third Act tonight.  There was very little of the warm up festivities, with Portland Police going quickly “unlawful assembly” and then mass arrests.

Here are some videos rolling in on Twitter.

This was before 10:45 local time.

After all the arrests, the crowd was much smaller….. genius.  This is as of 11:00 pm.  They should try this more often.

Done early, home at a reasonable hour.

That is smart riot control.