A Democratic Party building in Portland, Oregon, was vandalized by protesters who sprayed the words “F**k Biden” on the building.
In a press release, the Portland Police Bureau said the incident occurred after a group of people gathered in Laurelhurst Park on Sunday night.
The group left the park and marched north before stopping in front of the Multnomah County Democrats building in the 3500 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard, police said.
“Several members of the group began graffitiing the Multnomah County Democrats building and broke several windows in the building,” police said.
Multnomah County Democrats were contacted for comment.
Videos and pictures showed “F**k Biden” and “No presidents” and “BLM” – short for Black Lives Matter – were among the phrases smeared on the building.
Police said the affected group “quickly left” the area and headed back towards Laurelhurst Park, but police officers arrived on the scene and made “targeted arrests” of people involved in the vandalism. According to the police, the rest of the group spread out in the neighborhood.
James Walter Prettyman, 24, Thomas Mollrocek, 33, and 22-year-old Maximillan Jennings were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, police said. All three are charged with criminal mischief.
Andy Ngo tweeted that “Antifa” – an umbrella term for leftist groups whose members are against fascism and white supremacy – was behind the protest that led to the vandalism.
However, a spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau told Washington Newsday that it was not known whether the suspects belonged to any group.
“We do not classify suspects by political affiliation or group membership unless it has some relevance to the criminal charges filed,” the spokesman added. “In this case this was not the case.”
President Donald Trump has often blamed the antifa, short for antifascist, for the riots that occurred in several cities during the year, including Portland.
He has vowed to declare it a terrorist organization, while President-elect Joe Biden, citing FBI Director Chris Wray, in the first presidential debate called the antifascist “an idea, not an organization.
The vandalism in the Multnomah County Democrats building came after Biden was elected the next president of the United States on Saturday and Trump refused a second term.
Over the weekend, people gathered on the streets of the United States to celebrate Biden’s victory, including in Portland, while some demonstrations were held by Trump supporters who repeated the president’s false claims that the election had been stolen.
There were celebrations in Portland, a city that has seen months of protests against police brutality and racial injustice since the assassination of George Floyd by a white police officer in May.
It is time to close a stormy chapter in our history and move forward as a united city. I look forward to working with the Biden government and leading our city and country into a more honest, hopeful and resilient future.
– Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) November 7, 2020
The Trump administration used federal agents to suppress protests in the city during the summer, leading to nightly clashes in which agents fired tear gas and less lethal ammunition at protesters on numerous occasions.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who narrowly won his re-election bid and faced the wrath of the protesters himself, welcomed Biden’s victory in the social media.
“We voted for Joe Biden and rejected the corrupt, hateful and harmful policies of the Trump administration, which for four years sparked disunity in our country,” he twittered on the weekend.