Someone did start a dumpster fire dangerously close to the store, but fire fighters got it quickly under control.
From Willemette Week’s “Marchers Set Fire at Apple Store and Shatter Windows Across Downtown Portland After Police Killing” posted Saturday:
The powder keg lit by the police killing of a man in the Lents neighborhood Friday morning exploded in downtown Portland on Friday night.
Protesters who for nearly a year have demanded the defunding or abolition of the Portland Police Bureau responded to the fatal shooting by carving a trail of property destruction through downtown. The spree lasted into Saturday morning. They shattered windows of banks, restaurants and a church, wrote “No More History” on the Oregon Historical Society’s front entrance, and faced off with riot police in streets near the upscale Pioneer Place mall.
They also set fires—in dumpsters, in a portable toilet, and in a construction site outside the Apple Store.
Cue the video:
My take: I’m not defending random acts of arson, but no one should be surprised when an aggrieved population
oppressed minority uses fire as a tool of protest or to try to level the playing field. See “Setting the Woods on Fire: Rural Incendiarism as Protest.”
BTW, I learned of the incident from a widely shared tweet that both overstated the case and, without evidence, attributed responsibility.
Antifa set the Apple store in Portland on fire pic.twitter.com/h3hqxJW1gq
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 17, 2021