Tensions rise between protesters, Portland police with more protests expected Tuesday

Hundreds of people filled the streets of Portland Monday night for the largest demonstrations Maine has seen after the death of George Floyd of Minnesota.The large crowd didn’t disperse until after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, more than six hours after the protests began.Police said 24 people were arrested. Twenty-three people were charged with failure to disperse, and a truck driver was charged with reckless conduct for driving into a crowd, according to the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office.All the charges are misdemeanors.All 24 people who were arrested have been released from custody, officials said.During the protests the doors and windows of two downtown Portland businesses were smashed, but it was not clear if anything was stolen. The march protesting police brutality and calling for racial equality was mostly peaceful until 9:45 p.m. when things took a turn. Protesters and police clashed near Franklin and Middle streets.Protesters were seen throwing water bottles at police, who in turn tried to break up the crowd with pepper spray.There is a growing memorial outside of the Portland police department with signs and candles.Demonstrators plan to be back protesting for a fifth day sometime on Tuesday.

Hundreds of people filled the streets of Portland Monday night for the largest demonstrations Maine has seen after the death of George Floyd of Minnesota.

The large crowd didn’t disperse until after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, more than six hours after the protests began.

Advertisement

Police said 24 people were arrested. Twenty-three people were charged with failure to disperse, and a truck driver was charged with reckless conduct for driving into a crowd, according to the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office.

All the charges are misdemeanors.

All 24 people who were arrested have been released from custody, officials said.

During the protests the doors and windows of two downtown Portland businesses were smashed, but it was not clear if anything was stolen.

WMTW-TV

The march protesting police brutality and calling for racial equality was mostly peaceful until 9:45 p.m. when things took a turn. Protesters and police clashed near Franklin and Middle streets.

Protesters were seen throwing water bottles at police, who in turn tried to break up the crowd with pepper spray.

There is a growing memorial outside of the Portland police department with signs and candles.

Demonstrators plan to be back protesting for a fifth day sometime on Tuesday.