Supporters Of President Trump Caravan In Portland

Far Right Activists Rally In Portland To Counter The Anti-Police Protesters

Far Right Activists Rally In Portland To Counter The Anti-Police Protesters

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A caravan of vehicles with supporters of President Trump drove through downtown Portland. There were confrontations with counter-demonstrators. Police arrested 10 people.

Here are details from Portland Police:

On August 29, 2020 at about 5:30 p.m. a caravan of hundreds of vehicles traveled from Clackamas Town Center into Portland. This line of vehicles stretched for miles. A significant number of vehicles drove downtown, clogging traffic from the Morrison Bridge into downtown. Portland Police responded to incidents that arose, with a priority on life safety.

As vehicles inched along streets on both sides of the Willamette River, pedestrians and vehicle occupants periodically exchanged words. At times fights broke out; there were some minor collisions. Portland Police responded to scenes of fights, disturbances and collisions throughout downtown and made some arrests. Portland Police tried to respond to disturbances as quickly as possible to restore order, prevent violence, and keep traffic moving. However, since these incidents were spread over both sides of the river, that was not always possible. By about 8:30 p.m., the caravan of vehicles had left downtown.

At about 8:46 p.m. Portland Police responded to the report of shots fired in the area of Southwest 3rd and Southwest Alder. Officers nearby heard the shots. Officers arrived within a minute to find a small group gathered around a man down in the street. The man had been shot, and did not survive.

Over the next two hours, groups moved through downtown streets. There was sporadic fighting and vandalism. Many people left the area, some gathered near Lownsdale Square Park and rallied. By about 11:30 p.m., however, the speeches near Lownsdale Square Park ended and people slowly drifted away over the next two hours.