Police fought back as protests at City Hall in Portland, Oregon, turned violent following the approval of a new police contract (video below).
According to Fox News, protestors from Black Lives Matter and Don’t Shoot Portland arrived at City Hall for a demonstration while the City Council voted on a new police contract, which gave officers more pay and questioned the future use of body cameras.
Mayor Charlie Hales stopped the meeting due to the demonstration, causing city commissioners to move it to a secure room on another floor.
The city commissioners voted 3-1 in favor of the new police contract, causing another round of protests.
Protestors reportedly began throwing objects at officers inside and outside of city hall as the demonstration became more heated.
Officers used pepper spray on protesters and later reported that 10 people had been arrested during the incident.
Video of the incident shows police pushing back as protestors chant, yell, and try to push their way into City Hall.
Officers eventually forced the demonstrators out of the building and onto the steps of City Hall using pepper spray and force to remove them.
Once the protestors were removed from the building, officers shut the doors, shoving demonstrators out of the way as they tried to regain entry.
A number of officers eventually arrived in riot gear, preventing any protestors from gaining access to City Hall. The crowd appeared to dissipate at the end of the video, which was shared by The Oregonian.
According to Fox News, protestors were angered because Mayor Hales chose to bring the matter to a vote rather than letting his successor, Ted Wheeler, handle the issue just three months later, which would have allowed more time for public input.
Readers shared their thoughts on the story on the Mad World News Facebook page.
“Oh my gosh!” One reader commented. “do this people not have anything better to do , when do they work? They have so much time to create chaos man, they should be ashamed of themselves, they need to go away to another country since they are so unhappy”
“Just a bunch of trashy, disrespectful ,rabble rousers whose agenda is to cause as much chaos as possible,” another user wrote. “Rights come with responsibility & respect is earned according to the way you live your life & conduct yourself. They show NO respect, they deserve none!”
Watch video of the incident below:
Sources: Fox News, Mad World News/Facebook / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Tony Hernandez, Mike Zacchino via Oregon Live