Demonstrations In Portland Turn Violent

Photo: KATU

The group Patriot Prayer held a rally Saturday afternoon at Terry Schrunk Plaza. 

The group had a permit to march after the rally.

Opposing groups set up in Chapman and Lownsdale Squares.

Portland Police say large fights broke out in which several people were injured. During the protest, projectiles were thrown and officers deployed less lethal munitions, including aerial distraction devices (ADD) and rubber ball distraction devices (RBDD). Deputies with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office also deployed pepper spray and pepper balls. 

Portland Fire and Rescue provided on-scene medical evaluations to several people and four people were transported to area hospitals by ambulance. Of those transported, one person suffered what was believed to be serious, but non-life-threatening injuries and three suffered non-serious and non-life-threatening injuries. 

One officer suffered what was believed to be a non-serious and non-life-threatening injury as a result of being struck by a projectile. The officer was transported by patrol vehicle to the hospital. 

"Portland Police planned for today's protest so that people could exercise their First Amendment rights to speech and assembly," said Deputy Chief Bob Day. "We seized numerous weapons early on, and interceded and separated people when necessary. However, once projectiles, such as fireworks, eggs, rocks, bottles and construction equipment were thrown and people were injured, we ordered people to disperse."  

The Police Bureau is aware that several instances of criminal behavior were filmed and broadcast on a various media platforms. These crimes may include, but are not limited to: Disorderly Conduct, Assault, Theft, Robbery, and Reckless Burning. Investigators will be conducting follow-up which may lead to arrests at a later time. If you were the victim of assault, theft, robbery or another crime during this protest event, you are encouraged to file a police report.

There were four people who were arrested today in connection with criminal investigations that began prior to today's protests: 

46-year-old Luiz E. Marquez was arrested in connection with an investigation that began on June 3, 2018, in connection with a protest near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Madison Street. Marquez was arrested today near the Southeast Corner of Chapman Square. He was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Theft in the First Degree, Theft in the Third Degree and Assault in the Third Degree. 

22-year-old Tusitala J. Toese was arrested in connection with an investigation that began on June 8, 2018, near Southwest Main Street and Southwest 5th Avenue. Toese was arrested today at Terry Schrunk Plaza. He was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Fourth Degree. 

23-year-old Donovon L. Flippo was arrested in connection with an investigation that began on June 8, 2018, near Southwest Main Street and Southwest 5th Avenue. Flippo was arrested today at Terry Schrunk Plaza. He was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree. 

37-year-old Matthew R. Braddock was arrested in connection with an investigation that began on May 31, 2018, near Southwest Broadway and Southwest Mill Street. Braddock was arrested today at Southwest 2nd Avenue and Southwest Taylor Street. He was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree. 

Photo below: Suspects arrested during demonstration.

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