Portland is turned into a 'war zone' as stores are looted, anti-police protesters set a precinct on fire and cops use tear gas during violent night of demonstrations
Protesters attempt to create an 'autonomous zone' outside the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct Thursday night
Cops used tear gas to disperse protesters in the early hours of Friday morning, declaring the gathering as 'an unlawful assembly'
The precinct was set on fire a short time later, and protesters retaliated by firing paintballs at officers; businesses were also looted and buildings were vandalized
Demonstrations calling for police reform and an end to systemic racism have been occurring Portland each night for the past month
At times, the protests have turned destructive; last Thursday a statue of George Washington was pulled down and destroyed by a group of activists
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