The New York Times

Inside the Battle for Downtown Portland

July 31, 2020 | Society

Scenes of billowing tear gas, burning fires and federal agents in riot gear have made Portland a national flash point and spurred debate over the authority of the federal government to respond to protests. Often missing from that debate was a full picture of what was happening on the ground.

As negotiations continue over when the agents will leave the city, here’s a look at how many recent nights of protest and confrontation have unfolded.

The clashes with federal officers were largely confined to a two-block stretch of downtown Portland. The mood tended to follow a predictable pattern, with large, peaceful gatherings in the evening turning to chaos later at night.

The map below shows the general extent of major downtown protests.