4 things to know about weekend riots in Seattle, Portland

Protesters run as tear gas is deployed on the steps of the U.S. District Court building on July 17, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Federal law enforcement agencies attempt to intervene as protests continue in Portland. | Getty Images/Mason Trinca

Violence and looting interrupted multiple peaceful protests in the Pacific Northwest this past weekend, forcing police departments to declare the events riots.

Danger was widespread as the riots broke out in Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, just weeks after Seattle was in the national spotlight thanks to the events surrounding the occupied Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone in which two deadly shootings took place. 

Police precincts, federal buildings and businesses were damaged in both Seattle and Portland as demonstrators moved through the streets. 

The amount of activity in the Pacific Northwest has been extensive, but here are four things to know about the events.

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