2020-09-08 16:08:32 UTC
Published 1 hour ago
At least two people were arrested Monday after Trump supporters
traveling from the Portland suburbs clashed with far-left
counter-protesters outside the Oregon State Capitol.
Ty Parker, 53, of Durango, Colo., was arrested on suspicion of
misdemeanor assault and first-degree intimidation. Trenton Wolfskill,
37, of Eugene, Ore., was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault,
The Oregonian/OregonLive reported, citing an Oregon State Police
spokesperson. Both have since been released.
Videos posted on social media showed several dozen people wearing
military fatigues, pro-Trump T-shirts and bearing clothing and flags
labeled with the names of the far-right groups Patriot Prayer and the
Proud Boys, gathered on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol building
in Salem, Ore. Several in the group later rushed toward a slightly
smaller group of counter-protesters.
One man in a bulletproof vest beat a counter-protester with what
appeared to be a baseball bat, knocking him to the ground. A woman then
doused the fallen counter-protester with pepper spray. Another video
showed a group wearing military fatigues and carrying an American flag
rush toward a counter-protester, knocking him to the ground and
punching him before yelling gay slurs.
Uniformed officers with the Salem Police Department and the Oregon
State Police swiftly intervened and handcuffed the perpetrators.