Protest outside Capitol building during special session

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) – A protest outside of the Oregon State Capitol during a special legislative session Monday ended with four arrests and one person being sought, according to Oregon State Police.

OSP said the group gathered at 8:30 a.m. and attempted to enter the building, which was closed to the public due to the pandemic. The group was heard chanting "open up" – signaling their support for loosening Oregon's COVID-19 restrictions.

Many in the crowd were seen holding Trump signs, while others were openly carrying weapons.

Several protesters gained access to the building as a person left the building. Troopers asked them to go, and "the altercation became physical."

One of the protesters sprayed some kind of chemical irritant or bear spray into the vestibule, but Troopers and Salem police were able to contain the crowd.

OSP said that despite several warnings to leave or face arrest for trespassing, protesters stayed. At 10:30 a.m., a protester sprayed a chemical irritant again at police leading to Ryan Lyles, 41, arrest. Lyles was charged with being a felon in possession of body armor and unlawful use of mace.

Ryan Lyles - Salem Capitol Protest

 Ryan Lyles (Courtesy: Oregon State Police)

Protesters also deployed a device that emitted smoke during the engagement, according to OSP.

Two people identified as Ronald Vanvlack, 75, and Jerry Dyerson, 53, refused to leave the building and were taken into custody, OSP said. They were charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Ronald Vanvlack and Jerry Dyerson

Ronald Vanvlack and Jerry Dyerson (Marion County Jail)

At about 1:30 p.m., a man, identified as Jeremiah Pruitt, 35, attempted to gain entry on the west side of the Capitol building by breaking a window of one of the doors, according to OSP. Pruitt was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Jeremiah Pruitt

Jeremiah Pruitt (Marion County Jail)

OSP is searching for Jeremy Roberts, 40, who is believed to have attempted to enter the building that afternoon and may have attacked two reporters.

Jeremy Roberts

Jeremy Roberts (Oregon State Patrol)

Despite the group's efforts, the Oregon legislature concluded the special session and passed four COVID relief bills.

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Do people in this comment section really think the police just let BLM do whatever they wanted over the summer.... Did any of you not see the nightly Bull rush, tear gas, rubber bullets, flash bangs and pepper balls? All summer long BLM was getting beaten and harassed by state and federal officers. Trumpers like to complain because you have to wear a mask and social distance, and follow some simple rules, or accept an election that clearly wasn't stolen, but when it comes to racial justice, you are always saying it's terrorism because we are angry at the people who took a vow to protect and serve us, but just beat and murder instead... Double standards much?


I'm so sick of the double-standards this cowardly state has.


We have real problems with tyrants ruling the people of the state like the people are cattle.



Tyrell Higgs

This is the biggest response of any protest, and the others were actual riots. I wonder if the police response was politically motivated, hmmm


Another made up law to help officers make false arrests. Felon in possession of body armor is a unconstitutional law especially when it is applied to a situation like this. How is he to protect himself from Antifa thugs or rouge cops. He can not carry a weapon because of the felon charge He has every right to wear body armor. Judges and cops should be the ones arrested for making a arrest in this case if this charge is the main one !!

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Will THEIR charges also be dropped, the same as they do in Multnomah County?


'Four people arrested in unlawful assembly outside Oregon State Capitol; 1 person sought' And where were the police for all the unlawful assemblies that happened in Portland? Oh that's right. They were BLM and Antifa assemblies embraced by the governor and Spineless Ted.


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