Portland protest Sept. 23, 2020

Protesters demanding the end of police violence against Black people gathered downtown Portland on Sept. 23, 2020, in honor of Breonna Taylor. Officers repeated warnings and elevated their designation of the event to a “riot.”

A Portland man was sentenced to four years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to setting fire to the Multnomah County Justice Center and throwing a Molotov cocktail at officers during a protest in September, officials said.

Cyan Bass, now 22, pleaded guilty to all five charges, including including first-degree arson, first-degree assault and unlawful possession of an explosive device, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Bass originally pleaded not guilty in federal court in October. He was then charged in Multnomah County Circuit Court. His co-defendant, Hannah Lilly of Portland, pleaded guilty in February to her role in helping Bass damage the Justice Center. Lilly, now 22, was ordered to perform community service and pay the city $46,000 in restitution.

The duo’s charges stemmed from an incident the night of Sept. 23, when Bass and Lilly were outside the Justice Center protesting a Kentucky grand jury’s decision not to charge three Louisville police officers in the killing of Breonna Taylor.

Bass used a wrist rocket slingshot to damage the building’s windows, then used flammable liquid to set plywood lining the building on fire, resulting in an estimated $46,000 in damages, prosecutors said.

Bass ran toward the nearby Chapman and Lownsdale squares as police officers tried to disperse the crowd, then ignited a Molotov cocktail and threw it in the direction of the officers, prosecutors said.

Police declared a riot that night and arrested 13 people, including Bass and Lilly.

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