US agents use gas, flash bangs to clear Portland protesters

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A peaceful protest morphed into an intense early morning confrontation between demonstrators and law enforcement in Oregon’s largest city. U.S. agents fired what appeared to be tear gas, flash bangs and pepper balls early Monday to clear a mass of protesters outside the federal courthouse in Portland. Some protesters had climbed over the fence surrounding the courthouse. Others shot fireworks, banged on the fence and projected lights on the building. The city has seen nightly protests for two months since the death of George Floyd. Earlier Sunday, Portland police say a person was shot at a park near where the protests take place. A bag was also found containing loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails.