Police arrest 14 after clashes in Portland

Portland police said they arrested 14 people overnight following violent clashes between rival groups of demonstrators that roiled the city’s downtown area earlier in the day.

Police said they declared a riot just before midnight on Saturday after a group of about 250 people tried to march on a government building that has often been the scene of violence during nearly three months of nightly protests.

Earlier on Saturday there were scuffles in downtown Portland between anti-racism protesters and right-wing demonstrators. Participants clad in body armor and helmets traded punches and blasts of pepper spray as police officers mostly looked on, according to video of the clashes.

Portland police said on Sunday that the 14 people arrested overnight were booked into jail on charges including rioting, assaulting a public safety officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.