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Protest Turns Violent As BLM And Police Clash At Portland City Hall [VIDEO]

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Protest Turns Violent As BLM And Police Clash At Portland City Hall [VIDEO]

Protest erupted on Wednesday at Portland City Hall after a meeting between the City of Portland and the Portland Police Association (PPA) to approve the contract for the police union.

(FOX) Police used pepper spray and arrested 10 people as demonstrators stormed City Hall in Portland, Oregon, Wednesday trying to stop the City Council from voting on a new police contract that includes more pay for officers and raised questions about the future use of body cameras.

Police said Wednesday evening they had arrested nine people but later revised that number to 10.

The demonstration forced Mayor Charlie Hales to stop the meeting, but city commissioners soon reconvened in a secure, third-floor room to vote while protesters from Black Lives Matter and Don’t Shoot Portland were kept below.

Amid chants and shouts from below, the commissioners voted 3-1 in favor of the new contract, setting off another round of protests that briefly blocked public transit in the downtown core.

Protesters threw object at officers both inside and outside City Hall, the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement.

Protesters dispersed as darkness fell, but organizers said a demonstration was planned for Friday.

Security officers attempted to evacuate the building and ordered people to leave. When the protesters refused to move, police were called in and formed a wall to push people out of the building.

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