PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Police have arrested seven people during protests in downtown Portland.
Hundreds of people turned out Sunday to oppose a much smaller demonstration by the right-wing Patriot Prayer group. The Portland Police Bureau said the crowd became "violent and criminal," with anti-fascist protesters throwing smoke devices and other projectiles at officers in a waterfront park.
Police responded with pepper spray and warnings that the crowd would be arrested if it didn't disperse.
The department said on its Twitter feed that two officers had sustained minor injuries.
The Patriot Prayer group also held a demonstration featuring speakers, including group leader Joey Gibson, in Vancouver, Washington, later Sunday. Officials in Washington and Oregon closed the footpath of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River between the cities.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that a protester had also been arrested at the Vancouver event.
Portland Police Bureau news release:
On Sunday, September 10, 2017, seven people were arrested during multiple protests and a permitted march held in Downtown Portland. The protest events and march were held in Terry Schrunk Plaza, Waterfront Park and roadways in the downtown area over the course of several hours.
The intent of law enforcement today was to provide a safe environment for all participants, non-participants, and community members while ensuring the peaceful exercise of the First Amendment.
Portland Stands United Against Hate (PSUAH) held a peaceful assembly and march that started and concluded at Terry Schrunk Plaza.
Additional demonstrators gathered for protests at Waterfront Park and officers located and seized multiple weapons (See attachments). Groups that gathered at Waterfront Park escalated in behavior, and threw rocks, irritant smoke bombs and other projectiles. As the demonstrators moved west, they continued to throw projectiles at officers. Two police officers sustained minor injuries as a result of today's protest.
Throughout the afternoon, the Portland Police Bureau provided information and updates on Twitter, including photos of the many weapons and items seized throughout the day.
As the afternoon progressed, protesters left the area and traveled to Vancouver, Washington. The Portland Police Bureau sent personnel to Vancouver to support Vancouver Police.
The following people were arrested today and will be arraigned in Multnomah County Court on September 11:
27-year-old Tyler W. Bristow was arrested near Southwest Park Avenue and Southwest Taylor street on charges of Interfering with a Police Officer and Resist Arrest.
37-year-old Chad Skjei was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Taylor Street on charges of Interfering with a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, and Attempt Theft in the Second Degree.
18-year-old Thomas "Sarah" Wallace was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Taylor Street on charges of Assault on a Police Officer (two counts) and Harassment.
35-year-old Deaclan S. Lenartz was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Taylor Street on charges of Interfering with a Police Officer and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.
42-year-old Naomi G. Seraphina was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Taylor Street on charges of Interfering with a Police Officer and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.
27-year-old Alice E. Hall was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Taylor Street on charges of Interfering with a Police Officer and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.
37-year-old Eli F. Richey was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Taylor Street on a charge of Interfering with a Police Officer.
The law enforcement and public safety partners today included the following agencies:
Portland Police Bureau
Oregon State Police
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Federal Protective Service
Multnomah County District Attorney's Office
Portland Fire & Rescue
The Portland Police Bureau will review video and images of today's events in an attempt to identify people who were involved in criminal activity. Anyone with information about criminal behavior at any of these events is asked to share it by email to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov; or, anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Oregon by texting CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip; online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php or by calling 503-823-HELP (4357).
Vancouver Police news release:
Vancouver, Wash. -- On September 10, 2017, two individuals were arrested during a rally and protest that took place in Vancouver. The rally was held at the Vancouver Landing and counter-protesters staged at that location as well.
The goal of the Vancouver Police Department was to provide a safe environment for lawful assembly, to protect public and private property, and to keep major transportation corridors open.
The following individuals were arrested:
Nicholas Partin (aka Alanna Partin), 10/13/1980, of Portland, (Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest)
Shawna L Gonzalez, 3/29/83, (Reckless Endangerment)
Various partner agencies assisted the Vancouver Police Department during today's event:
Clark County Sheriff's Office
Portland Police Bureau
Washington State Patrol
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency
There were no major injuries sustained by law enforcement personnel or citizens during today's event.
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