EUGENE, OR (KPTV) - Police in Eugene said events and rallies that took place Saturday remained “largely peaceful,” with one person arrested for disorderly conduct.

The events included the Eugene-Springfield Pride in the Park gathering and a God, Guns and Liberty rally.

Police received reports of possible counter-protesters planning to be at the God, Guns and Liberty rally, and officers worked with the city extensively on planning for that.

By 1:20 p.m., Eugene police asked for mutual aid from Springfield police and Lane County deputies to handle priority calls within Eugene, freeing up EPD officers to maintain safe crowd control near the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza.

Police closed East 8th Avenue from Pearl Street to Willamette Street to accommodate the growing crowd.

Police said one man was arrested at 2:20 p.m. Officers said Brandon Alan Howard, 33, of Springfield, was wearing a helmet, “agitated” other people and head-butted one person. Howard also had a wrench taped to his arm, according to police.

He was arrested on the charge of disorderly conduct.

By 3:30 p.m., all roadways were open to traffic and the crowd of around 300 people had dispersed, according to officers.

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Protests are a constitutional right. COUNTER protesters should be arrested for inciting violence.

kyle H

Now that makes sense! Counter protesters are seeking a confrontation, while protesters simply expressing opinion... , which the counter protesters are attempting to prevent being given voice. Yeah, that is the first thing regarding this situations that makes any sense at all.

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