PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Right-wing and left-wing groups gathered in Portland for separate rallies on Saturday.
A right-wing demonstration organized by the Proud Boys had several hundred people at Delta Park by noon Saturday. Left-wing groups met at Peninsula Park, about three miles away, as well as at the Vanport Historical Marker near Delta Park.
Air 12 flew over each scene Saturday afternoon, showing what appeared to be peaceful gatherings and people listening to speakers.
At Delta Park, one speaker said, “We’re sick of being called racists, commies, white supremacists.”
At the Vanport Historical Marker, speakers shared stories about the history and background of the former town of Vanport, which was home to a large portion of Portland’s Black population, before it was destroyed by flooding in 1948.
Throughout the city, police were using “high visibility patrols to deter criminal activity,” according to the Portland Police Bureau.
By 1:20 p.m., deputies said three people had been arrested at the rallies: One man for DUII, a woman on an outstanding warrant and no information was released about the third arrest.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office reported that law enforcement is aware of shields being displayed at rally sites, stating, “We want everyone to be safe, so we will seize weapons and shields as can be done safely and as resources allow.”
In the week leading up to Saturday’s rallies, PPB said they were prepared for “mass gathering events.” Initially, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police declined to provide crowd control support, but on Friday Gov. Kate Brown announced she was using executive authority to mobilize deputies and troopers to be in Portland for the rallies.
Various state and local leaders spoke out about the planned rallies, specifically the right-wing rally at Delta Park. The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners said anyone planning to travel to Oregon to cause violence should “stay home.”
At least 300 or so people it seems here at Peninsula Park. Kind of a festival vibe with tents. The sign at the gazebo says “Everyday Antifascist. Come for the Anarchy Stay for the Soup.” pic.twitter.com/ighpE2pYOL— Audrey Weil (@audreytweil) September 26, 2020
The group at Peninsula Park grew to about 1,000 people. They listened to speeches for several hours before leaving. Police confiscated a couple of shields.
Peninsula Park right now: pic.twitter.com/1J2NnBX77a— Audrey Weil (@audreytweil) September 26, 2020
At 1:15 p.m. ODOT temporarily closed I-5 and some ramps in the area to help people wishing to leave and to keep competing groups separate, according to Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Demonstrators at the Vanport Memorial ended their rally and left around the same time.
By 2:30 p.m. people began to leave the Delta Park Rally in a caravan north on I-5 into Vancouver.
Law enforcement said they were aware of an assault that happened against a person live streaming an event. The Portland police are investigating the incident.
Officers also pulled over a pickup truck leaving Delta Park for an obscured license plate. They found and took possession of firearms, paintball guns, bats and shields. Criminal citations were issued to:
- Phillip Klein, 18, of Sherwood for possession of a loaded firearm in public
- Matthew Klein, 24, of Sherwood for unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a loaded firearm in public.
The vehicle had obscured license plates. PPB investigation is ongoing. https://t.co/eapKa62zGQ— Multnomah Co Sheriff (@MultCoSO) September 26, 2020
Delta Park was cleared by 4:00 p.m., according to the sheriff's office.
Portland police said they recovered buckets full of rocks and condoms full of an unknown substance around 5:00 p.m. near north Rosa Parks Way and North Albina Avenue.
According to authorities, law enforcement saturated the area around and between Delta and Peninsula Park on Saturday. The goal was to allow groups to meet and rally in peace and prevent conflict.
There were a number of traffic stops, tickets issued for traffic violations and several arrests were made, according to the sheriff's office. Those arrested were booked into the Multnomah County Jail are as follows:
- William Day, 32, unknown residence, is charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle for possessing a stolen vehicle. Arrest time/ location: 12:30 p.m., NE. 13th Ave. & NE. Marine Dr. Arresting agency: Oregon State Police
- Daniel Merrill, 59, of Portland, is charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Arrest time/ location: 10:30 a.m., N. Schmeer & N. Vancouver. Arresting agency: Oregon State Police
- Valerie Hill, 38, of Salem, was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Arrest time/ location: 11:15 a.m., N. Columbia & N. Vancouver Arresting agency: Oregon State Police
- Nimrod Taylor, 42, unknown residence, is charged with Assault in the Second Degree and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. Taylor is accused of assaulting a clerk at a convenience store located on N. Marine Drive & N. Vancouver Way around 2:30 p.m. Portland Police Bureau is investigating.
An Oregon State Police trooper suffered a minor injury when a large rock was thrown at the driver's side window near the intersection of North Rosa Parks and North Missouri Avenue.
During a traffic stop at Rosa Parks and Missouri in Portland, a Trooper sustained minor injuries after a large rock was throw at his patrol car window. Any witnesses to this event please call OSP Dispatch at 800-442-0776 or *OSP from your mobile. pic.twitter.com/yd9qX4Fx0o— Oregon State Police (@ORStatePolice) September 26, 2020
No other injuries were reported.
Demonstrations on Saturday remained relatively calm do to the unified command structure, according to the sheriff's office.
Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell issued the following statement via Twitter:
I’m pleased to say that through the unified efforts of Oregon State Police, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and the Portland Police, events earlier today were free from serious violence. Thanks to those who demonstrated peacefully. May that continue throughout the evening.
This was a massive undertaking, and would not have been successful if not for our coalition. My sincere thanks to the OSP and the MCSO for their unified command of today’s events, as well as all the agencies who assisted. They’re fantastic partners.
I also want to acknowledge the Police Bureau members working today, including many who are here on their day off. I am in awe of their dedication to the safety of Portland. Make no mistake about it. If not for their work, today very likely would have turned out differently.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler issued the following statement on Saturday's demonstrations:
The safety and well-being of our community is always a top priority. Thank you to our police officers and law enforcement partners for ensuring the demonstrations have remained largely peaceful throughout the day. It’s testimony to the collaborative planning and preparation Portland Police did with our local, state and federal partners.
I also appreciate the efforts of employees who stepped up to support our police and ensure we were keeping the public informed and safe: Fire, Parks, Emergency Management, Transportation, Development Services, Management and Finance, Housing, Council offices, City Attorney and Homeless Services, to name a few. City employees care deeply for this community. Their commitment to protecting Portlanders, particularly the most vulnerable, shows.
Once again, thanks to our police officers for their service, to our partners for responding to our request for mutual aid, and to our community for respecting others’ rights under these extraordinary circumstances.
As the evening unfolds, I urge people to remain peaceful. We will do everything possible to hold those who break the law accountable. Violence is not welcome in Portland.
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