Protests erupted across the US after a teenager was cleared of all charges for shooting dead two people at an anti-racism rally in Wisconsin.
The controversial verdict has sparked waves of protests with scenes turning violent in some states.
A demonstration of about 200 people in Portland was declared a riot after protestors started breaking windows and throwing objects at police.
Reports claim that some rioters even talked about burning down the Justice Centre.
It come as Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, was acquitted of first-degree murder and four other charges on Friday night after he fatally shot two people and injured another during demonstrations in Kenosha.
“Due to violent, destructive behavior by a significant part of the crowd, the gathering in downtown Portland is a RIOT. All participants are instructed to proceed away to the WEST,” the Portland Police Bureau wrote on Twitter.
Chaotic scenes were also seen in Chicago with looters breaking into local shops.
Protestors have also been seen marching on the streets of New York but the situation has remained largely peaceful.
People rally in Portland following the Rittenhouse verdict
A small fire broke out near the Justice Center amid riots in Portland, Oregon
President Joe Biden released a statement on Friday afternoon admitting that he had been left angered by the verdict.
a statement, he acknowledged the verdict “will leave many Americans
feeling angry and concerned, myself included.” But he added that
everyone “must acknowledge that the jury has spoken”.
that he "ran on a promise to bring Americans together, because I believe
that what unites us is far greater than what divides us."
believe that what unites us is far greater than what divides us. I know
that we’re not going to heal our country’s wounds overnight, but I
remain steadfast in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure
that every American is treated equally, with fairness and dignity,
under the law," the statement reads.
President Biden released a statement
saying the Rittenhouse verdict “will leave many Americans feeling angry
and concerned, myself included.”
A jury determined that
Rittenhouse had acted in self-defence and found him not guilty of two
counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide and two counts of
recklessly endangering safety.
His legal team argued that he had attended the protest to protect private property.
The demonstration on August 25 had been marred by arson, rioting and looting.
broke down sobbing after the verdict, which came shortly after the
judge warned the courtroom to remain silent or be removed.
Kyle Rittenhouse (pictured) was acquitted
of all charges after he fatally shot two people and injured another
during anti-racism protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.