OSP says trooper made 'OK' hand signal to check on protester in Salem, not 'white power' symbol

(Image taken from video provided by Oregon State Police) 

SALEM, OR (KPTV) – During a protest in Salem on Saturday, someone recorded a video saying it appeared an Oregon State Police trooper gave a “white power” symbol to someone.

In the video, the officer puts his thumb and index finger together while leaving the other three fingers up. That symbol has been used by white supremacist groups.

Oregon State Police responded to that video Sunday, releasing a statement and body camera footage.

OSP says troopers were policing an event that had attracted counter-protesters. They say troopers saw two protesters get into a fight and one man was knocked to the ground.

They say the trooper approached the man and asked if he was unharmed, while making the hand signal commonly associated with “OK”.

OSP says the trooper was wearing a face covering and it was extremely loud, so it was hard to hear.

“Best available evidence indicates the trooper was simply checking on the man’s status and used the universal signal to signify this inquiry, which the man gestured he was – then patted this trooper and a second trooper on their shoulders in an apparent signal of appreciation. The man was the victim of a crime,” OSP said in a news release.

The other protester involved in the fight, 50-year-old Christopher Davis of Salem, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and harassment. He was transported to the Marion County Jail.

State police say they condemn all racist behaviors and do not allow white supremacist behaviors by their officers and staff.

“We appreciate that the public would be concerned and rightfully outraged if an OSP trooper were to flash an offensive gesture. We would share in that outrage and concern. In this instance, we would ask the public await the complete information before condemning a trooper with an irreparable and harmful label. Additionally, some members of the public are misidentifying the trooper in the video with another trooper who was working the event,” OSP said.

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(8) comments

PDX2MtHood

LOL the left thinks anything a white person does is racist.

Bahlsach

Kate and Ted I'm giving you the white privilege Middle Finger salute.

You two are a disgrace to Oregon.

And thats not a ok with us[thumbdown]

sagebrush

I'd have given them a different sign. One with my middle finger. I would be giving it to the bums who are protesting along with the governor and all of the other liberals traitors who are not worth the air they breathe.

Insomn

That Okay sign being a symbol for WP. SIgh.... look it up. It's a 4Chan troll that wanted to prove how people are literal sheep and believe w/e they're told. They pushed this Ok sign as a form of white power. Then people believed it to the degree here is another.. news article trying to promote this world wide trolling as factual forms of racism.

Frederick Fukov

"Sheep" is a good way to describe the alleged "woke" crowd. Try watching like 5 minutes of CNN, realizing that the sheep are watching that Kwrap and responding as if it's the gospel. That is just mind numbing.

ItsPolitical

The feigned outrage and offense is getting old, isn't it? It would be funny if it weren't so pathetic. People have WAY too much time on their hands! Okay? ;-)

Jarhead1

At what point does the city of Portland begin to take a stand against the Lawlessness and destruction of a once beautiful city? I moved to Central Oregon 10 years ago and have heard stories from police officer's that Portland is now a bordered up war zone!

ItsPolitical

Things will only change when leadership (or the lack of) changes. Portland gets what it voted for. We all do. Remember this in November!

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