Air 12 rally at Delta Park

Air 12 over rally in Portland (KPTV)

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.”

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.

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.

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. 

Buckets of rocks, unknown substance at mass gathering

Portland Police Bureau

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. 

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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(21) comments

Charlatan

Nothing but a bunch of inbred oxygen thieves with glass jaws and the combined IQ of a pile of gravel.

Melody.L

It wasn't the Proud Boys throwing rocks at police cars yesterday and the buckets full of rocks weren't seized from one of the Proud Boys either.

Charlatan

No, instead they seized firearms.

Thinking Person

The promotion of the two rally’s by the media - including this station - is appalling and obvious. They wanted something - anything- to happen yesterday. The endless helicopter noise in north Portland was annoying. Acting as if the “right wingers” have caused so much chaos as the Riot Rats. Meanwhile the police building near me is boarded up and graffiti everywhere- same with downtown. We know who did that. They’re the ones more likely to burn a flag than wave one.

RIP PDX

The amount of detail in the article makes you wonder where they've been the last 110 days

JkE

Funny how the city and state the have to change the rules when the big boys come to town lol! After they leave ad go to work like normal Americans the city will let BLMtifas run crazy again with no rules.

Delta85

Ohhh my gosh the sky is falling the right wingers are in town... But..... Ohhh the left wingers have been rioting for four months and No concern whatsoever. Oregon's leadership is so bias it's sickening! If you think like them have at it, but don't ever have a different view than them they will bring out the national guard! What bias!

Herb Eaverschmels

Right wing rally: Stay home!

Left wing rioting: You are welcome here!

Yeah, ok Teddy.

Insomn

So, Oregons "leadership" learned nothing from a couple weeks ago. When Gov Brown without a shred of evidence claimed those Trump supporters as white nationalists. Which incited violence to the degree of cold blooded murder. That Wheeler decided to do it last night too. Labeled the proud boys as a racist group with zero evidence. That are there to support Trump. That the mayor to media painted a picture of how biasedly heavy handed the police are going to be today vs 100+ days of protests because they're Trump supporters. That he's not going to volunteer to be their shield like he did for antifa. That they claimed federal invaders where on level with storm troopers. Then deputies all the law enforcement to be federal officers. Wow.... The level of double think and double speak. The depths of abuses to so many degrees. All checks and balances are a complete failure. Our leadership should be investigated and put on criminal trial.

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

For the factose intolerant and "woke" SJW rioters and anarchists:

*Breonna Taylor was NOT shot while sleeping in her bed, she was awake, in her hallway.

*She was NOT an EMT at the time of her death; she was forced to quit YEARS ago, because a dead body was found in a car rented under her name; the victim was an "associate" of her drug dealing boyfriend.

*Even though a "no-knock" warrant WAS issued, the officers DID knock.

*Her neighbors testified under oath, that the police announced themselves BEFORE trying to enter her apartment.

*Her boyfriend shot a cop, BEFORE police fired their first round.

*She was STILL aiding and abetting her previous boyfriend's drug dealing operation; she and

*her car were surveilled delivering drugs to his "trap house" on numerous occasions.

*Her address and vehicle WERE on the warrant.

*She was STILL stashing his drug money at her house.

*Her address was on record as being his current address on bank records.

*Her ex-boyfriend blamed her at-the-time boyfriend for her death, NOT the police.

For the uneducated and willfully ignorant:

*It was NOT the DA who determined the police officers should not be indicted, it was a GRAND JURY, the most impartial of all arbiters.

The Left and media HAVE been lying to you!

It's unfortunate that she was shot and died, but the police did NOTHING wrong.

If people want to BLM(Burn, Loot, Murder) over the grand jury's decision, apply the law to THEM.

Breonna was involved with, and profiting from drug trafficking. Blame her, her boyfriend or her ex-boyfriend for her death, NOT the police.

Herb Eaverschmels

Unfortunately, not many people put forth the effort to actually track down the facts. I'm glad you did though.

ItsPolitical

Well said!!

Cat of the Canals

I just need you to answer one question please. Are you toggling the caps lock or holding shift? Your use of big letters is impressive

Cat of the Canals

Well put..but what about this mystery?... are you holding shift or toggling caps lock for all of your big letter words?

lanquan

Antifa and blm are having a cow! The right is holding a protest/rally and there's no violence! Makes Anyfa and blm look bad. They'll have to march there to cause trouble because that's what Proud Boys and the Right do? WRONG! The left is violence. lawlessness and destruction Love to see the truth displayed for all to see. When darkness falls, Wheeler's Night Rats will come out to do their best to cause grief! This IS the NEW Democratic Party! Remember that whne you vote!!

Herb Eaverschmels

The "Teef" throw tantrums while letting their knickers remain in a bunch.

DemWthaGun

If BLM protesters came to the protest every night with tac gear, gas masks, and assault weapons and shot paint balls, bear spray, and other projectiles at everyone how do you think that would would go! You gals need to drop your weapons if you want to attempt to make a point. Otherwise you just look like ISIS waving your flag out of your weaponized Truck!

Roberto Estrello Demar

Conservatives are finally going to get angry about the campaigns of "Character Assassination" carried on by the destructive, hate-filled Left. It may be a while, but it's a'coming!

DemWthaGun

At Delta Park, one speaker said, “We’re sick of being called racists, commies, white supremacists.” Ha Ha . . . Then stop being racist, commie, white supremacists.

Melody.L

We know lefty, having different views than yours makes them racist commies.

lanquan

Sad little lefty, jealous???

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